The perfect event for current and prospective foster parents, social service professionals, therapists, pastors, and youth workers — a day to strengthen your family, build community, and invest in your toolkit.

September 14, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

First Baptist Simpsonville
3 Hedge Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681

We truly appreciate this – first time hearing our foster child’s behaviors are consistent with other kids. We aren’t the only ones.”

Sessions

  • The Spirit of a Child: From Rejection to Connection to Direction – Positive Outcome

    Derek Clark

    Motivational speaker and trainer Derek Clark has lived through the foster care system and works with professionals to offer training and insight into connecting with challenging youth and children under government care. Derek’s program provides insight and specific training that will assist professionals in connecting with vulnerable and grieving children/youth and help them reach beyond perceived and self-imposed limitations.

    1) Professionals will gain understanding and knowledge about childhood responses to traumatic experiences and how they are typically diagnosed, how to ask questions that build trust and shape futures, and to offer justice, power and dignity as a response to labeling, and quick diagnosis. Every professional working with kids in care has a purpose; to make sure that each child feels important, to help them to reclaim their dignity, to feel secure, and to know that their past does not have to infect their future.

    2) Derek will give you insight into his personal childhood journey of being wrongfully labeled in the foster care system for thirteen years, and the key reasons on how he did not turn out addicted, incarcerated, or dead. Derek will challenge many of the accepted practices of the child welfare system and provide alternative ways to understand why kids behave in the ways that they do. This understanding will generate hope and restore dignity to the young people as well as restore humanness and compassion in the hearts of professionals.

    3) Best practices—ethical practices—must include the heightened awareness of our language customs in the social service field and must have a solid foundation rooted in our knowledge of grief, loss and traumatic experiences. Labels take on a life of their own as the words we speak and write have great power to build up, define or defeat a child. These labels have the ability to follow children for the rest of their lives and can shape their attitude, self-esteem, relationships and professional life.

    Derek is an inspiring trainer and the author of six books including Disable the Label: Never Limit the Potential of a Child, Never Limit Your Life and the I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek’s true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations worldwide with his message of resilience, hope, courage, unwavering perseverance and redemption.

  • Faith and Fostering: The Call of Hospitality

    Herb Codington

    Responding to the call to foster requires a leap of faith. As a Christian community – how are we answering that call? A community to share and support your family is a powerful and needed resource. Join us in this session to share in that missional call and journey of hospitality. Learn ways to live out the faithful journey whether you are foster parents or part of the community providing support and resources for the family. All have been called…the question remains how will we respond.

  • Our Common Loss

    Chrissy Wilson

    For families who foster, saying goodbye to a child can bring a range of conflicting emotions – frustration, confusion, sadness, anger, relief, and guilt. Coming together to share experiences helps families to process grief, regardless of the outcome of the placement. Learn how to gain closure and meet others with similar experiences.

  • Strengthening Your Marriage: We’ve Got This!!

    Kim Minnick, LISW-CP

    We are loved, hurt and healed within our relationships. Children in foster care have experienced loss and grief and separated from those they knew as their primary source of love (even if we find that confusing). Hopefully you will demonstrate daily – love, care, respect, acceptance and attachment in your relationships and your foster children will learn to feel safe, build trust and heal. In this session you will learn how to listen to your partner in a way they feel understood and loved, how to make room for the “other person” in your relationship (it’s not just about your needs getting met), and understand what you learn to be a spouse by observing your parents. Healthy relationships required skills and practice to build strong and resilient connections.

    *Eligible for CEU. 

  • Behavioral Support Strategies for Everyday Life with Teens

    Rebecca Moore & Rachel Roberts, LISW

    This session will provide the participants with alternative approaches parents can take to reduce conflict with their teens, become more attuned to their needs, and feel more confident in their approach to parenting.  We will use proactive strategies to help parents feel more equipped to respond effectively with their children.  Children from hard places require a different parenting style that meets their need to feel safe, build trust, and develop strong attachments to their caregivers.  This session will help participants identify how they engage with their children and provide specific ways they can implement changes to their engagement strategies to get different results.

    *Eligible for CEU. 

  • Behavioral Support Strategies for Everyday Life with Young Children

    Rebecca Moore & Rachel Roberts, LISW

    This session will provide the participants with alternative approaches parents can take to reduce conflict with their children, become more attuned to their needs, and feel more confident in their approach to parenting.  We will use proactive strategies to help parents feel more equipped to respond effectively with their children.  Children from hard places require a different parenting style that meets their need to feel safe, build trust, and develop strong attachments to their caregivers.  This session will help participants identify how they engage with their children and provide specific ways they can implement changes to their engagement strategies to get different results.

    *Eligible for CEU. 

  • Managing the Stress of Fostering

     

    Jamesha Williams, LMFT

    98% of Americans identify as having more stress than ever in their lives. Being a foster parent brings another level of stress into lives already experiencing stress. Completing all that paperwork to become a foster parent is just the beginning step in the stressful (yet rewarding) journey. You cannot meet the needs of your new expanding family if you are not taking care of yourself. In this session you will learn to identify your stress points and triggers, learn several stress reducing techniques that will be effective for you and learn the importance of role modeling stress reduction techniques in to reinforcement them in your children.

    *Eligible for CEU. 

  • Building Trust after Trauma

    Katie Brophy, LISW-CP, LAC

    Learning how trauma impacts children in foster care is an essential element to providing quality care. Come to this session to discover Thornwell’s approach to parenting children from hard places. This session will help you understand how you as a foster parent can bring healing to traumatized children. Through healthy connections and interactions you can provide connection while still correcting and teaching behaviors.

    *Eligible for CEU. 

  • “Can I Tell You Something”: Understanding How Children Disclose Abuse and How You Can be your Child’s Ally

    Rebecca Grounsell, LISW-CP, Forensic Evaluator

    Children often do not disclose sexual abuse until they feel safe and develop a trusting relationship with their foster families. In this session we will learn why children may be reluctant to tell, how to listen and respond when information is shared through words or behaviors and how to be an advocate for your foster child. Together we can make an impact in the system and make a difference in the lives of these children.

  • “But what about our Bio kids?” – Preparing Bio Kids for Fostering

    Jill Adair

    This session will walk through the journey from including bio children in the first conversation about fostering all the way through the aftermath of a goodbye. We will discuss tough conversations and experiences from our own journey of fostering for 5 years while raising three children. Our children will share not only their perspectives and challenges, but also how fostering can wreck your family in the very best of ways.

     

  • Putting the Pieces of a Childs Life Back Together

    Ebony Young, Director of Programs/Child and Family Engagement

    This presentation will give tools to help those who work with children, our most vulnerable population. Helping them understand trauma and how if affects them and their families lives. Trauma that is not dealt with or provided an outlet to help alleviate creates long-lasting indents on the brain which will internally effects character and well-being. Putting the pieces back together in a child’s life will help cultivate a healthy and happy child. Providing tools and resources that will provide a holistic approach to working with children and their families.

  • “Don’t Panic!”: Up-to-Date Information on Drug Trends with Teens

    Marilyn Cromer, MSW-CAC1

    Understanding the youth-drug culture is vital in parenting your children with confidence. In this session you will learn about alcoholic energy drinks, alcohol & drug concealment methods/containers, drug paraphernalia, party games, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, synthetic drugs, and E-cigarettes. You will also gain tools for conversations with your youth that will lead to meaningful prevention and interventions.

    *Eligible for CEU.

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