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  • 18 Feb 2015 9:20 PM | Dennis Seger (Administrator)

    All Aboard - 2015 NFPA Convention

    Registration is now open!

    June 25 - June 28 2015
    Sheraton Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA

    You will not want to miss the 45th Annual NFPA Convention. Not only will you receive a maximum of 23 training hours, you will find support and friendships to last a lifetime. We have also arranged discounts for local events and sites. Check out our daily schedule.

    Thursday: A Science to Parenting Academy to not only discover what science can tell us about what is happening in the brain following trauma, but how we as caregivers and workers can help build survival and resilience in the children and our families. Your registration will include a lunch menu with a vegetarian option.

    Thursday afternoon: Walk Me Home, a National Awareness Walk, will be hosted along the waterfront to the Free Mason area of Norfolk to raise funds in support of foster parent advocacy and services. Following the National Walk, all registered walkers will be invited to attend a Walker’s Soirée on the Waterfront. Don’t miss the opportunity to increase advocacy and services to foster families. Don’t just talk the walk…walk the walk!

    Friday: All Aboard for learning more about Human Trafficking: The Child Welfare Experience as well as presentation on food security, nutrition and behavior. These events are followed by small group discussion sessions allowing for personalized small group interactive learning; traditional workshops; and a Hero’s Gala “Our Just Desserts” at the Half Moon Celebration Center overlooking the historic Elizabeth River celebrating all foster, adoptive, and kinship families and dignitaries across the U.S., including a fabulous DJ dance party!

    Saturday: Setting Sail for strategic communications and learning. We launch our day with a breakfast session with the American Bar Association’s President-elect, Paulette Brown along with a panel presentation on The Legal System: Your Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities. We will anchor our remaining day with a morning 2-hour facilitated, interactive learning program on strategic advocacy communications. We will then have an afternoon of traditional workshops. Then, a “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” option with the Norfolk Tides (the AAA ball team of the Baltimore Orioles).

    Sunday: You do NOT want to miss our last day, Brighter Tomorrows. We will host a breakfast for all registrants where you can learn more about the NFPA and your opportunities to make a difference at a national level. And, as a special treat…the comedy team of foster and adoptive parents, Matthew Hoffman and Claudia Fletcher... ”I cried till I laughed!...The Joys of Parenting”... a humorous, interactive closing session that will surely have you leaving with a smile on your face!

    For more information and to register for the conference and events, see the 2015 NFPA Convention web page.  We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 18 Feb 2015 3:09 PM | Rachel Mertz
    Wichita State University Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Social Work is conducting a survey on same sex foster parents.

    The purpose of this study is to collect information about how same sex couples become foster and adoptive parents from state child welfare agencies and how psychological well-being and outness are related to adoption.

    Participants selected for this study will have fostered, adopted, or attempted to foster/adopt from a state child welfare agency in the last 5 years and  identify as lesbian or gay. Approximately 200 participants will be invited to join the study.

    Click here to take the survey

  • 12 Feb 2015 9:42 AM | Rachel Mertz

    Encourage young leaders from foster care to apply for the
    FosterClub All-Star internship!

    Youth between the ages of 18-24 are eligible. A seven-week summer internship for young leaders who are interested in leveraging their own experience to improve the foster care system. Travel included, weekly stipend and end-of-session stipend of $1500 for each All-Star. 

    Nominations due:  Apply by Feb 20
    Nomination form  
    Questions:   Call Angel at FosterClub: 503-717-1552

  • 21 Nov 2014 10:21 AM | Rachel Mertz

    The National Foster Parent Association is assisting Cenpatico (Behavioral Health) in the development of a book for you!  This book will discuss trauma, attachment and brain development for children in foster care.  We know you have sat through trainings on a variety of these topics and we want to bring these topics to "life".  We want to highlight what they really mean to you every day in caring for children in your care; and what you wish you knew more of, or what seems unimportant.  Please complete this Survey by November 30.  Thank you in advance for your participation.

  • 29 Oct 2014 2:25 PM | Rachel Mertz

    The well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and their families is directly connected to the relationship they have with their culture, extended families, and tribal communities. Federal and state child welfare policies and practices have sometimes not well understood or supported these relationships by not recognizing the unique qualities of AI/AN culture and the benefits of nurturing these relationships. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was a response to the destructive practices in public and private child welfare systems that broke apart these bonds in many tribal families’ lives.

    This brief provides background on the basic requirements of ICWA,  an overview of tribal child welfare and court systems, discusses disproportionality and its relationship to trends in ICWA compliance, highlights promising practices in state policy and practice that support ICWA, and underscores the necessity of working with tribal advocates on state child welfare policy change.

  • 29 Oct 2014 1:52 PM | Rachel Mertz

    The American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Generations United and the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) are thrilled to announce the release of Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards.

  • 23 Oct 2014 6:00 PM | Rachel Mertz

    The Child Welfare League of America,  in partnership with Boots on Ground Consulting, Inc., is pleased to offer the Military Family Specialist in working with military members and their families. This distinctive certificate program will prepare social workers and other professionals to understand the unique features of military life and to respond to the needs of this population with culturally competent and effective services. The Military Family Specialist certificate program offers both on-line courses and in-person seminars. Program details are available at Military Family Specialist.

    The initial offering in this program is an in-person seminar titled, Boot Camp: An Introduction to Military History, Culture, and Customs, to be held October 23-25, 2014 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Participants will interact with current and former service members and experience military life by staying on an active military post. The registration fee is $550 and attendees will receive 15 CEUs for successful completion. Additional information and registration are available at Boot Camp.

  • 21 Oct 2014 12:00 PM | Rachel Mertz

     Generations United, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, invites you and other policymakers and advocates from your region to join us for a webinar to explore educational and health care consent laws for "grandfamilies" (families in which children are raised by grandparents, other extended family members or close family friends). During this webinar, you will get the concrete tools to enact your own educational and health care consent laws or to perhaps amend your existing laws to make them more responsive.

    The webinars are divided into four regions. If, however, you would be interested in attending more than one webinar or are unable to attend your region's time, feel free to register for another.

    Register here: 

    The regions are as follows:

    Region: Northeast (includes Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, & Vermont)

    Time: Tuesday, October 21 from 12 PM to 1:15 PM (EDT)

    Region: West (includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, & Wyoming)

    Time: Tuesday, October 21 from 4 PM to 5:15 PM (EDT)/ 2 PM to 3:15 PM (MDT)/ 1 PM to 2:15 PM (PDT/MST)

    Region: Southeast (includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas,Virginia, & West Virginia)

    Time: Wednesday, October 22 from 12 PM to 1:15 PM (EDT)/ 11 AM to 12:15 PM (CDT)

    Region: Midwest (includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, & Wisconsin)

    Time: Wednesday, October 22 from 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM (EDT)/ 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM (CDT)/ 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM (MDT)

  • 16 Oct 2014 1:00 PM | Rachel Mertz

    October 2014 "Strengthening Your Family" Webinar

    Rebecca Jones-Gaston, LCSW-C, is a biracial adoptee who grew up in a loving Caucasian family in Iowa. In this webinar, Ms. Jones-Gaston will help participants increase their understanding of racial and ethnic identity in transracially adopted children and their families from a developmental perspective. Assisted by an adoptive parent and transracially adopted teen, Ms. Jones-Gaston will share how parents can best support their children to handle common challenges they may face throughout childhood and adolescence.    

    (LIVE) Thurs, October 16th, 2014 

    1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time 

    Extended Access: October 17-22, 2014

  • 18 Aug 2014 2:36 PM | Rachel Mertz

    It is time for NFPA to release our RFP for administrative and accounting services for year beginning January 1, 2015. Please see our RFP web page for more information.

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