Sep 25, 2012    #121
Contact: John Martellaro

Conference to Focus on Improving Foster Care

Third annual regional meeting for professionals and families set for Oct. 9-10

The third annual Regional Conference on "Fostering Strategies for Change: Children, Families and Their Communities" will be held Oct. 9-10 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel.

More than 400 service providers, judges, lawyers, researchers, policy makers, youths and family caregivers will come together to network, explore, collaborate, and innovate in an effort to improve outcomes for children and families in the foster care system.

A panel of youth who experienced foster care and adoptions will kick off the conference on Tuesday morning.

"Stories that the youth share are a moving experience that changes how participants understand and work with youth and families. Quite literally, tears flow," said Rosalyn Bertram, event organizer and associate professor of Social Work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The event will feature 30 presentations, including several by alumnae of the UMKC School of Social Work. Topics include LGBTQ foster care, implementing effective programs, the parent partner approach, and foster/adoptive identity.

"We do believe this is our strongest agenda to date," said Bertram.

Participants can receive professional continuing education credits and/or foster parent training credits. Online registration is available at Fostering Strategies for Change. The cost is $125.

The conference is sponsored by the UMKC School of Social Work, Cornerstones of Care, the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association, and the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division. Financial support is provided, in part, by the Barry Bartholomew Foundation


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