9th Annual Foster Care Conference

April 27, 2019 @ 8:00AM — 4:00PM

9th Annual Foster Care Conference - OPENING DOORS SHAPING FAMILIES. Saturday, April 27, 2019 8am – 4pm Patrician Banquet Center 410 U.S. 30 – Schererville, IN. To register for our Foster Care Conference or for more information please contact our Foster Care Team at 219.322.8614 x308 or ledwards@cahope.org. Sponsorships are available. Contact Nikki at 219.322.8614 x453 or NWielgos@Cahope.org for more information.

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Join Us For Our 2019 Foster Care Conference

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


Our foster care conference is open to all licensed foster parents, service professionals and is FREE of charge. The conference is designed to educate foster parents in Northwest Indiana with information and trending topics regarding foster care and foster youth. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. In-service training hours for foster parents are available and CEU's will be offered.

You must register for one track for the conference. Each track is limited to space availability.


8:00 - 8:30am Registration, Continental Breakfast & Vendors
8:30 - 8:45am Welcome: Campagna Academy Elena Dwyre, Chief Executive Officer & LeKeesha Edwards, Foster Care Director
8:45 – 9:15am Special Remarks: Judge Thomas Stefaniak Senior Judge Lake Superior Court, Juvenile Division
9:15 – 10:00am Innocence Lost; Protecting Our Children (Sexual Exploitation). Tracy McDaniel, MSW, LCSW & Mike Barker, Special Agent, FBI
10:00 – 10:15am Break & Vendors
10:15am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions (See Tracks Below)
12:30 -1:30pm Lunch & Vendors
1:45 - 2:30pm Autism And The Foster System: Tips For Foster Parents. Bridget Harrison, PhD, HSPP, BCBA-D and Tysha Rivich, LMHC, BCBA
2:30 - 3:30pm Keynote Speaker: Ellis Dumas, Regional Manager Region 1, Lake County Indiana Department of Child Services
3:30 – 3:45pm Closing, LeKeesha Edwards
3:45 – 4:00pm Certificates

Breakout Sessions

10:15am – 11:15am S.E.E. (Someone Else's Eyes): The Bully's Perspective & How We Can Help. Cecelia B. Mariner-Garmon
11:15am – 12:15pm Understanding Your Child's Developing Brain (IDD). Kimberly Mrak & Colleen Pepin

10:15am – 11:15am Leading Children To Recovery (Substance & Alcohol Exposure). Susan Elsworth
11:15am – 12:15pm Stepping Into A New World: Transitioning To Adulthood (IDD). Karly Sciortino-Poulter

10:15am – 11:15am Wake Up Call. Signs & Symptoms of Drug Use. Corporal Jerry Patrick, Dyer Police Department
11:15am – 12:15pm #NotOkay: Social Media, Anxiety & Depression. Cecelia B. Mariner-Garmon

*Track A, B & C Offer 7 In-Service Hours & 5 CEU's.

*The Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program's relevance to their professional practice.