10th Annual Foster Care Conference - Event Canceled

August 27, 2020 @ 8:00AM — 4:00PM

Event Canceled --- We’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our 10th Annual Foster Care Conference slated for August 27, 2020 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the CDC guidelines and recommendations regarding hosting large gatherings and canceling this year’s event. At this time, it is vital to limit social contact and practice social distancing, we hope you can understand the steps we’re taking to keep our foster parents, staff, vendors and presenters safe and help prevent further spread of the virus. We hope you will be able to join us for next year’s conference on Friday, May 7, 2021. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to safely hold our event this year, we are hoping to see you in 2021. Stay safe, and please contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Conference speakers are subject to change to do availability.

8:00am - 8:30am Registration, Continental Breakfast & Vendors

8:30am - 8:50am Welcome: Judge Thomas Stefaniak Senior Judge Lake Superior Court, Juvenile Division. Elena Dwyre, Chief Executive Officer at Campagna Academy & LeKeesha Edwards
8:50am – 9:45am Human Trafficking and Indiana Youth: Recognition and Collaborative Support of Victims and Survivors. Amie Rainfish
9:45am – 10:45am Youth Suicide in Indiana: What are the contributing factors and possible solutions? Eric Evans
10:45am -11:45am Youth Sexual Assault/Abuse: What you need to know when children talk. Michelle Resendez
11:45am – 12:00pm Vendors & Break
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch. Creating A Healing Home. David Reed, Deputy Director of Child Welfare Services Indiana Department of Child Services
12:45pm - 1:00pm Vendors & Break
1:00pm - 2:30pm Breakout Sessions -- See Track Selections
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break & Vendors
2:45pm - 3:45pm Keynote Speaker: Ellis Dumas, Regional Manager Region 1, Lake County Indiana Department of Child Services
3:45pm – 4:00pm Closing & Certificates, LeKeesha Edwards
TRACK A
1:00pm - 1:45pm Working with Aggressive Behaviors in the Home. Tysha Rivich
1:45pm - 2:30pm Understanding the Impacts of Trauma & the Characteristics of Resiliency (101). Robin Donaldson
TRACK B
1:00pm - 1:45pm Understanding the Needs of LGBTQ+ Youth. Elisabeth Menning & Amari Victoria
1:45pm - 2:30pm Lake County CASA: Best Interests Representation & Collaboration with Foster Parents. Rehana R. Adat-Lopez, Tammy Hajduk, Linda Jennings & Sharee McCray-Brown
TRACK C
1:00pm - 1:45pm Not My Kid. Understanding Warning Signs of Youth Substance Abuse Disorder. Mimi Gardner & Ephphatha Malden
1:45pm - 2:30pm Commissioned To Care: Greater Understanding of Trauma – What it means to support children from hard places & their families. Amy Cupp.

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*Track A, B & C Offer 7.5 In-Service Hours & 6.25 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. Track selection cannot be guaranteed. Speakers can be substituted/changed. Due to the subject matter children will not be allowed to attend.