NACAC has scheduled a series of webinars on a variety of topics. Each session below is
taught by experienced individuals who are all adoption professionals and adoptive parents. Each is an acclaimed speaker who has received rave reviews at the NACAC conference and other speaking venues around the U.S. and Canada.
Fees for each webinar are $15 for NACAC members and $20 for non-members. Fees are non-refundable. To learn more about membership, visit http://www.nacac.org/about/membership.html.
Parenting Children Who Have Been Prenatally Exposed — by Kari Fletcher — Tuesday, May 21 at 7 pm central time (5 pm pacific, 6 pm mountain, 8 pm eastern) — Children who have been prenatally exposed to drugs, particularly alcohol, can have significant challenges with learning and behavior. When parents or foster caregivers understand the underlying causes and the impact on the brain from prenatal exposure, they can develop therapeutic parenting and teaching strategies that allow both parent and child to experience success! Kari Fletcher is the adoptive parent of two children with FASD and was a foster parent for 16 years. She previously served as a trainer and local resource for families for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She provides one-on-one support to adoptive parents in Minnesota, and has trained across Minnesota and nationally on FASD.
- Understanding The Acting-Out Behavior of Your Adopted Children — by Maris Blechner — Tuesday, June 18 at 7 pm central time (5 pm pacific, 6 pm mountain, 8 pm eastern) — In an adoption world where disruption looms all too often, this session offers a positive approach for workers and families. Here is a way to make sense of (and deal with) some of the negative feelings that adopted children can make their parents feel. Understanding this dynamic, as well as other key parent-child interactions which are unique to adopted children and their new families, can help turn a crisis in an adoptive family into an opportunity for true communication and strengthened commitment.
Maris is the executive director of Family Focus Adoption Services and an adoptive and birth parent. She is a nationally known trainer and consultant on child welfare issues, with a particular interest in helping older children move into permanent committed adoptive families.
- Helping Children Heal from Trauma: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know — by Sue Badeau — Thursday, July 18 at 7 pm central time (5 pm pacific, 6 pm mountain, 8 pm eastern) — Every child entering foster care has experienced some amount of trauma—if nothing else, removal from his or her home and placement into foster care is itself traumatic. In most cases, children in the child welfare system have multiple experiences with trauma, often referred to as complex trauma. Parenting a child who has been separated from his or her birth parents, often under traumatic or stressful circumstances, can be challenging and stressful. The better a resource parent understands and is equipped to cope with the emotional, behavioral, and verbal responses of children and youth to placement in foster care, the greater the opportunity to heal. In this session, Sue will engage participants in a discussion of the strengths and challenges of foster children who have been exposed to trauma and will share strategies for helping foster care professionals and resource parents become more trauma-informed. A birth and adoptive parent to 22 children, Sue Badeau has been an advocate for youth and family engagement for decades. She is a national child welfare trainer and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the field.
If you cannot attend the session in person, you can still register and receive a recorded version of the session after it's over. Certificates of attendance will be available for those who need proof of training hours.
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System requirements for the webinars are:
PC-based attendees — Windows® 7, 8, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees — Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
You will also need speakers or a headset to listen to the presenter; if your computer does not have this capacity, you can call to listen to the session on your phone (but the phone number is not toll free). You do NOT need a webcam to participate.
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