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Kinship Treatment Family Care

A 8. How Family Focused Treatment Builds Capacity for Youth in Foster Care

Presented by Sue Evans, Walden Family Services, A Foster Care, Adoption and Youth Services Agency

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Within child welfare we have traditionally utilized facility based treatment options when youth are unable to be cared for safely in the home. This is challenging providers and communities. They are struggling to find solutions to ‘bring their children home’ while providing for their safety and treatment. This presentation supports FFTA’s Kinship Treatment Foster Care Initiative and highlights how one organization is improving their outcomes within a state that has changed regulations to enhance capacity in kinship and foster care.

B23. Engaging Kinship Caregivers to Help Children and Youth Thrive

Presented by Jennifer Miller, MSW, ChildFocus

Monday, July 9, 2018, 2:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

This workshop is intended for frontline staff, supervisors, program managers and agency administrators who want to learn about the unique dynamics associated with kinship caregiving. Participants will learn the importance of family connections for children and youth in foster care, the differences between kinship care and non-kinship care, and effective ways to engage kinship families. Facilitators will use Dr. Joseph Crumbley’s video series as the basis for small and large group discussions about strategies to help caregivers cope so they can provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and youth.

B29. Engagement of Biological, Kinship and Adoptive Families in TFC

Presented by Kimberly Sworn, SAFY of Colorado

Monday, July 9, 2018, 4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Engagement of biological, kin, and adoptive families is imperative to the stability and permanency with youth in care. Discover past barriers, current solutions, and ongoing pain points in integrating Treatment Foster Care and Family Preservation Programs.

C16. Utilizing Family Group Conferencing and Kinship Navigation to Strengthen Kinship Families

Presented by Alisha Eftekhari, YMCA of San Diego County

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

This workshop will describe the Kinship Support and Family Group Conferencing programs of the YMCA of San Diego County. Staff will illustrate how the integration of the two models can be utilized to best support kinship families and empower them to access both formal and informal resources. Staff will also highlight a family who received these interventions and provide tools for replication in other agencies.

D 8. Partnering with Kinship Families to Support Safety, Healing and Resilience

Presented by Gloria Fobbs, Cenpatico

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Placement of children with kinship providers, although not a new phenomenon, has become more prevalent and is thought to be the least restrictive type of placement. These placements can present significant challenges for the families involved. This interactive presentation will explore ways to support kinship placements to foster healing, resilience and permanency. Kinship provider roles and the challenges they face will be discussed as well as how to meet the need for adequate training, resources and best practices to support these placements.

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