The National Voice of Foster Parents



2019 Annual Education Conference

The National Foster Parent Association will celebrate our 49th annual education conference in June 12 - 15, 2019. The NFPA is committed to bringing relevant quality learning opportunities to all caregivers in the foster care system as well as to staff, and other professionals, who work with these families and the children they serve.

Celebrate with us, embrace new partners, and new approaches!

Josh Shipp's keynote address is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, from 10 AM  to 12 PM.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION


EXHIBITORS & PRESENTERS


HOST HOTEL

Delta Hotels by Marriot Anaheim Garden Grove

12021 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840

We are now accepting hotel reservations for our 49th Annual Education Conference, Navigating the Future. Through the hotel website you can book, modify, or cancel your hotel reservations at any time.

For larger groups or PO request, contact the hotel at 714-867-5555 and request the National Foster Parent Association's room rate for the conference.

AIRPORT INFORMATION 

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707

John Wayne Airport is an international airport in Orange County, California, United States, with its mailing address in the city of Santa Ana, hence the IATA airport code. The entrance to the airport is off MacArthur Blvd in Irvine, the city that borders the airport on the north and east.

Airport Website

*Second choice is LAX.

     Wednesday, June 12, 2019

9:00 - 10:15 Opening Session and Keynote presented by Rhonda Sciortino // Rallying the Community Around You
10:30 - 12:00 What Family First Means for Families
10:30 - 12:00 The Cost of Caring-Secondary Trauma and Burnout for Parents and Professionals
10:30 - 12:00 Seven Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency
10:30 - 12:00 The Children's Ark: An Innovative Model for More Compassionate Foster Care
10:30 - 12:00 What Foster Parents Should Know About Social Media
10:30 - 12:00 Navigating Kinship Placements / Two Perspectives
10:30 - 12:00 Understanding & Supporting LGBTQ Youth
10:30 - 12:00 QPI In Sync: Supporting Birth & Resource Family Partnerships
12:00 - 1:45 Lunch (On your Own)
1:45 - 3:15 Caregiver Friendly Courtrooms: Understanding the Juvenile Court Process and Making it More Accessible for Families
1:45 - 3:15 ACE's and Your Health
1:45 - 3:15 Stop Child Sex Trafficking
1:45 - 3:15 Adoption Assistance and Federal Adoption Tax Credit - Part 1
1:45 - 3:15 Cut Your Spending Even If The Cost of Raising Kids is Breaking The Bank
1:45 - 3:15 Writing for Our Lives: A Life-Writing Workshop for Caregivers Working with Foster and Adopted Children
1:45 - 3:15 F.A.S.T.  Supporting Your Foster Homes in the Future!
1:45 - 3:15 QPI and CYC Fostering Stability: It Takes a Village
3:30 - 5:00 How Can I Get Them to Understand?
3:30 - 5:00 Problem Sexual Behaviors of Children: What Is Proven To Help?
3:30 - 5:00 Improving the Customer Experience: Using survey data to address barriers and improve inquiry-to-licensing experience for foster families.
3:30 - 5:00 Adoption Assistance and Federal Adoption Tax Credit - Part 2
3:30 - 5:00 InstuMENtal
3:30 - 5:00 The Power of Stories and Storytelling for Children with Trauma
3:30 - 5:00 When It's Not Love at First Sight: Strengthening the bond with your hard to reach child
5:30 - 7:00 NFPA Champions Reception presented by United Healthcare

     Thursday, June 13, 2019

9:00 - 10:30 FOSTER Documentary Preview, Chat, and Q&A with Mrs. Beavers and Producer, Deborah Oppenheimer
10:45 - 12:15 Partnering with Child Welfare to Improve Outcomes for Kinship Families
10:45 - 12:15 The Trauma Informed Classroom-Using Emotional Regulatory Hearing
10:45 - 12:15 Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families
10:45 - 12:15 Advocacy 101
10:45 - 12:15 Identifying and Helping Trafficked Victims in Care
10:45 - 12:15 Dare To Love Yourself
10:45 - 12:15 Parliamentary Procedure-Conducting Efficient Association Meetings
10:45 - 12:15 Creating a Statewide Caregiver Policy Agenda
12:15 - 2:00 Lunch (On your Own)
2:00 - 3:30 Breaking Down a Kinship Navigator Program
2:00 - 3:30 Brains, Behavior and Regulation-Understanding Trauma through a New Lens
2:00 - 3:30 But For the Grace of God There Go I
2:00 - 3:30 Raising a Foster Child to Thrive
2:00 - 3:30 Supporting Families in The Transition From Providing Foster Care to Lifelong Permanence
2:00 - 3:30 The Explosive Parent
2:00 - 3:30 Planning Your Policymaker Education Day
2:00 - 3:30 The Impact of Fostering, Kinship Care Giving, and Adopting on Birth Children
3:45 - 5:15 The Importance of Caring for Yourself Before You Can Effectively Care for Others...Caregiver Burnout and Self-care
3:45 - 5:15 No Hablo Español, but the Child in my Care Does:  Basic Spanish for Resource Parents
3:45 - 5:15 The Importance of a Positive Cultural Identity in Foster Children
3:45 - 5:15 Adverse Childhood Experiences, Brain Development, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
3:45 - 5:15 Rethinking Challenging Kids: Collaborative Problem Solving with kids in Foster Care
3:45 - 5:15 Calling All Trainers!!
3:45 - 5:15 The Impact of Fostering, Kinship Care Giving, and Adopting on Birth Children

     Friday, June 14, 2019

8:30 - 10:00 Keynote presented by Mary McGowan // Hold On, Change Is Coming
10:15 - 11:45 The Importance of Ethnic Hair Care Amongst Foster Children
10:15 - 11:45 Connecting Children to Safe, Nurturing, & Enduring Relationships:  Navigating the Stages of Disruption
10:15 - 11:45 Communicating and Collaborating with CASA Volunteers
10:15 - 11:45 Improving Communication & Relationship with Foster Teens
10:15 - 11:45 Effectively Working With Birth Families
10:15 - 11:45 Team Work Makes Their Dreams Work!
10:15 - 11:45 Collaborating To Reduce Out of Home Care
10:15 - 11:45 Loving, Understanding, and Fostering Teens
12:00 - 1:30 Annual Appreciation Luncheon presented by Centene
1:30 - 2:15 Walk Me Home Awareness Event
2:45 - 4:15 Love is Love: Empowering LGBTQI Youth
2:45 - 4:15 Sharing Our Stories: A Foster and Adoptive Parents' Story Circle
2:45 - 4:15 A Disorganized Toddler in Foster Care: Healing and change from an attachment theory perspective.
2:45 - 4:15 Managing Challenging Behaviors and Staying Positive
2:45 - 4:15 Beyond Burnout:  A model called CE-CERT for Secondary Trauma Symptoms
2:45 - 4:15 How are you feeling? Supporting the mental wellness of youth by training foster parents in Youth Mental Health First Aid®.
2:45 - 4:15 Collaborating To Reduce Out of Home Care
2:45 - 4:15 Crossing the Cultural Divide

     Saturday, June 15, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 The National Foster Parent Association's Membership Meeting and Presentation of the NFPA Annual Report by Irene Clements, Executive Director
10:00 - 12:00 Keynote Presented by Josh Shipp in Partnership with United Healthcare  // How One Person Can Make A Difference in The Life of A Child

The National Foster Parent Association is a champion for the thousands of families that open their hearts and their homes to the over 400,000 children in out-of-home placement in the US. The NFPA believes in the importance of family-based care for foster children and that every child deserves support and a permanent family.

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