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CUMBERLAND COUNTY
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

CCDSS First Annual Adoption Conference
Teaming Up to Adopt
November 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM


Workshops



Morning Session



Motivating Change in Three Little Words
Ashley Rhodes-Courter


This workshop is based on her award-winning International and New York Times Bestselling memoir, “Three Little Words.” Born in 1985 to a single teen mother, Ashley was placed in foster care at the age of 3. Most of her 14 placements were abusive and overcrowded. In one home, 16 people lived in a small trailer where the children were regularly beaten, neglected, verbally assaulted, and starved. Another foster parent became a convicted pedophile. At one point, she was placed with an alcoholic relative that was shot twice in front of her.

In this workshop, Ashley will show participates how to overcome their own personal and professional challenges to accomplish more than they ever thought possible. She delivers her story with humor and grace. Attendees will leave energized and ready to take on the world!


Becoming a Trauma Detective:
An Overview on the Caring for Children
Who Have Experienced Trauma
Curriculum

Julie Hansford


Adopted children and youth in foster care often times have a history of adverse experiences such as separation/loss and abuse or neglect that lead to challenging behaviors that are difficult for families to manage. Participants will learn about the Nine Essential Elements to becoming a Trauma Informed Parent and the importance of using a “trauma lens” to understand the impact trauma has on children.


Wendy’s Wonderful Kids:
Child Specific Recruitment

Tiffany Leak


WK Model, Who We Serve, Components of Child Specific Recruitment

Child-Specific Recruitment is a unique and innovative program. Its goal is to promote permanence for specifically identified, potentially hard-to-place children. A recent study shows that children served by the model are at least 1.7 times more likely to be adopted, while older children and those with more special needs are up to three times more likely to be adopted. Unlike many other programs, CHS Child-Specific Recruitment focuses on the child and the child’s world. Each child-specific recruiter carries a small caseload of 10-15 children. They carefully review each child’s past experience and examine the child’s present situation, including: how the child spends his/her time, whom he/she is connected to, and what activities and interests the child enjoys.


In a Heartbeat
Sean Tuohy


Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving


NC Kids
Jamie Bazemore & Kimberly Best


NC Kids helps local Departments of Social Services find permanent families for children with special needs who need adoptive placement, and to assist approved adoptive applicants in their search for waiting children. NC Kids does not make the decisions regarding placement; rather they identify potential matches between a child and prospective family and notify the agencies involved of placement possibilities.

NC Kids is organized to facilitate adoption placements through adoption and foster care exchange, match referrals, recruitment, public education and increased awareness of specific children and families through the photo listing service and other local and national public recruitment efforts.

The presentation will focus on the current policy requirements for County Departments of Social Services, the services available for children and families through NC Kids and will allow time for questions at the end.


All that I am and All that I Ever Will Be
is Because of My Adopted Parents

Willie Moore Jr.


Born in St. Louis Missouri, Moore was adopted at the tender age of 3 months by the loving Willie Sr. and Flora Moore. Willie is quoted in many interviews saying: “After God, all that I am and I ever will be is because of Willie Sr. & Flora Moore.” Willie’s parents pushed him to be a model student, landing him several scholarship offers for his academic and outstanding athletic ability.


Care Review Overview
Sharon Glover


This training will define what a Care Review is, how long it will last and what documents participants need to bring to the meeting. It will explain the benefits, review the referral process, explain the construct of the meeting as well as who is on the Care Review Team and then go over the process of the follow-up. There will be the opportunity for Q&A at the end of the training.


Permanency
Sarah Guill


How to Achieve Permanency




Afternoon Session



Caring for Children
Who Have Experienced Trauma:
A Workshop for Resource Parents

Julie Hansford


Many children in foster or institutionalized care have lived through traumatic experiences. Children bring their traumas with them into our homes. Trauma affects a child’s behavior, feelings, relationships, and view of the world in profound ways. Children’s trauma affects us, too: Compassion fatigue; Painful memories; Secondary traumatization. Trauma’s effects—on children and on us—can disrupt a placement.


Behind the Blind Side:
Overcoming Obstacles in the Face of Adversity

Sean Tuohy


From the perspective of a dedicated father and inspirational coach, Sean asks all of us to consider a simple question: how many other kids just like Michael Oher are falling through the cracks every day? And how can we make an impact big enough to change a broken system?


NC Kids
Jamie Bazemore & Kimberly Best


NC Kids helps local Departments of Social Services find permanent families for children with special needs who need adoptive placement, and to assist approved adoptive applicants in their search for waiting children. NC Kids does not make the decisions regarding placement; rather they identify potential matches between a child and prospective family and notify the agencies involved of placement possibilities.

NC Kids is organized to facilitate adoption placements through adoption and foster care exchange, match referrals, recruitment, public education and increased awareness of specific children and families through the photo listing service and other local and national public recruitment efforts.

The presentation will focus on the current policy requirements for County Departments of Social Services, the services available for children and families through NC Kids and will allow time for questions at the end.


All that I am and All that I Ever Will Be
is Because of My Adopted Parents

Willie Moore Jr.


Born in St. Louis Missouri, Moore was adopted at the tender age of 3 months by the loving Willie Sr. and Flora Moore. Willie is quoted in many interviews saying: “After God, all that I am and I ever will be is because of Willie Sr. & Flora Moore.” Willie’s parents pushed him to be a model student, landing him several scholarship offers for his academic and outstanding athletic ability.


Care Review Overview
Sharon Glover


This training will define what a Care Review is, how long it will last and what documents participants need to bring to the meeting. It will explain the benefits, review the referral process, explain the construct of the meeting as well as who is on the Care Review Team and then go over the process of the follow-up. There will be the opportunity for Q&A at the end of the training.


Permanency
Sarah Guill


How to Achieve Permanency