Training

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from a Trauma Lens

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 6:30-8:00 pm central (4:30 pm pacific, 5:30 pm mountain, 7:30 pm eastern) Fee: $15 members / $20 nonmembers Many children coming into care were prenatally exposed to drugs and/or alcohol. We will explore risk factors for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, look at the connection between brain impairment and behaviors… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Parenting, Training, Webinar

2019 NACAC Conference Registration Form

  We’re delighted you’ll be attending the NACAC conference in Las Vegas! Before you begin the registration form, view the workshop descriptions to decide on your workshop selections or download the registration brochure. If you are not sent to a confirmation web page after clicking the Submit button, there is information that needs to be… Read more

Categories: 2019 NACAC Conference, Training

Parenting from the Trenches Webinar

Date: Monday, June 24, 2019, 6:30-8:00 pm (4:30 pm pacific, 5:30 pm mountain, 7:30 pm eastern) Fee: $15 members / $20 nonmembers See your kids in a whole new light! This webinar offers a toolbox of strategies for parenting children and teens. Topics include developing trust and attachment while helping children learn to manage their… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training, Webinar

Advertise

Reach an audience of adoption professionals, adoptive and foster parents, adoptees and people who experienced foster care, and other child welfare professional and advocates, when you advertise in the NACAC conference final program. The 2019 NACAC conference will bring together hundreds of people passionate about adoption and foster care and the final program is distributed… Read more

Categories: 2019 NACAC Conference, Annual Conference, NACAC Conference, Training

Seeking Young Adults for Leadership and Advocacy Training

Apply Now! NACAC will be hosting a three-day training to provide teams of three to five young adults (ages 18 to 25) who have experienced foster care, kinship care, or adoption—and their staff supporters—with the knowledge and skills necessary to start or enhance youth support and advocacy networks in their community, influence child welfare policy… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Training, Youth Advocacy

Advocating for Adoption Assistance Webinar

Learn how to advocate for adoption assistance programs in your state or province. In these tight financial times, legislators sometimes seek to cut adoption assistance programs and advocates need to be ready to respond. Even if your adoption assistance program is not under threat, proactive advocacy can help maintain and even enhance these important benefits… Read more

Categories: Adoption Assistance, Advocacy, How to Advocate For Support, Training

Self-Care for Support Leaders and Caregivers Webinar

The responsibilities of caring for children and youth who have experienced trauma and loss, as well as those of the support leaders who serve these caregivers can take a huge toll. As the flight attendant will tell you, “you must put your own oxygen mask on before helping others.” In this webinar, we will address… Read more

Categories: Parent Group, Parenting, Training, Webinar, Well Being

Adoption Assistance Eligibility and Benefits Webinar

In this session, you will learn the basics of adoption assistance for children adopted from foster care, including eligibility, benefits, taxes, and more. The workshop is designed for both prospective parents seeking to learn more about the support available for the children they adopt and parents who are seeking an adjustment due to a change… Read more

Categories: Adoption Assistance, Training

NACAC Offers Free Webinars on Adoption Assistance

Adoption Assistance Benefits and Eligibility Thursday, November 29 at 2:00 pm central (noon pacific, 1:00 pm mountain, 3:00 pm eastern) Register to attend the adoption assistance webinar or receive the recording afterward Do you want to better understand adoption assistance benefits? In this session, you will learn the basics of adoption assistance for children adopted… Read more

Categories: Adoption Assistance, Training, Webinar

Registration and Rates

Registration Form If you want to register a group of five or more people, please contact us at conference@nacac.org or 651-644-3036 for a group registration form. Registration Fees Full registration fees cover all workshops, general sessions, and Thursday’s reception. For those who register as nonmembers, a one-year individual NACAC membership is also included. Daily registration… Read more

Categories: 2019 NACAC Conference, Annual Conference, NACAC Conference, Training

NACAC Offers Free Webinar — Strategic Sharing: Using Personal Stories for Child Welfare Advocacy

Recorded on November 29, 2017: Strategic Sharing: Using Personal Stories for Child Welfare Advocacy Access the recorded webinar This webinar for young people who have experienced foster care and/or adoption, adoptive and foster parents, and leaders interested in child welfare advocacy teaches how personal stories can be powerful advocacy tools. This session addresses why personal… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Sharing Personal Stories, Training

Strategic Sharing: Using Personal Stories for Child Welfare Advocacy

This webinar for young people who have experienced foster care and/or adoption, adoptive and foster parents, and leaders interested in child welfare advocacy teaches how personal stories can be powerful advocacy tools. This session addresses why personal stories can make a difference and best practices for telling or writing your own stories to achieve system… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Sharing Personal Stories, Training, Youth Advocacy

How to Write a Waiting Child Profile: AdoptUSKids Releases New Narrative-Writing Guidelines for Effective, Strength-Based Photolisting

AdoptUSKids has recently published new public narrative-writing guidelines developed to help workers craft compelling narratives that protect the safety, privacy, and dignity of children. The principle behind these guidelines is that information about children should be shared on a continuum, with positive, descriptive information in the public profile that is available to all and information… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families, Tips and Techniques, Training

Getting Your Message Heard: Taking Advantage of National Adoption Awareness Month

November offers a prime opportunity for adoptive parent groups, youth networks, and others to raise their community’s awareness of adoption- and foster care-related issues. Whether you are trying to raise awareness about how to help adoptive families, increase your pool of prospective adopters, or increase community support for post-adoption or other permanency services, we can… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Messaging, Training

Healing from Food Insecurity: Beyond the Stash Webinar

In this webinar, Dr. Rowell explores how a child’s early experience with hunger or food insecurity can result in survival behaviors that continue in foster or adoptive families. These behaviors can include eating quickly, stealing or hiding food, getting upset if asked to share or slow down while eating, and more. The presentation helps parents… Read more

Categories: Food & Nutrition, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training

Helping Children Heal from Trauma: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know Webinar

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… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training, Trauma

Understanding The Acting-Out Behavior of Your Adopted Children Webinar

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… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training

Parenting Children Who Have Been Prenatally Exposed Webinar

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! Presented by… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training

“I’ll Tell Them When They’re Older Because…” Talking to Children about Their History Webinar

Children do best when they know the truth about their lives. But sharing difficult information with children is not easy. This webinar will give participants the tools to discuss the most challenging situations (abuse, parental incarceration, death, HIV, incest, termination of parental rights) with children of all ages. Please bring your own challenging questions to… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training, Trauma

The Teen Years: Brain Development, Impact of Trauma on Growth, and Parenting Strategies Webinar

Research is revealing that the typical youth brain is not capable of true adult functioning until 20+ years of age – information that has critical implications in terms of cause and effect understandings, critical thinking skills and maturation. For youth who have experienced foster care and adoption, this developmental process can be significantly affected. This… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training, Trauma, Youth
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