Webinar: Strategies for Implementing Family Support Services
Thursday, August 13, 2015
2:30–4:00 p.m. EDT / 1:30–3:00 p.m. CDT / 12:30–2:00 p.m. MDT / 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PDT
This webinar addresses the importance of post-placement support for meeting the needs of children and families, as well as ways that providing family support services can strengthen efforts to recruit and prepare resource families. Presenters discuss different types of support services, approaches to partnerships for providing support services, assessing the need for support, and strategies for implementation of support services.
While this webinar is open to all audiences, it may be of particular interest to foster and adoptive family support program administrators, managers, supervisors, and staff, as well as recruiters and staff involved with data and continuous quality improvement.
On this webinar, we:
- Feature a real example from Alabama DHR Office of Adoption and Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC), a statewide program offering services across the continuum from recruitment and training to post- adoption support;
- Highlight approaches from tribal child welfare systems that have implemented family support programs;
- Highlight the AdoptUSKids publication, Support Matters: Lessons Learned from the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families, and offer suggestions for how this guide can be used by child welfare systems at various stages of the process of developing and implementing family support services;
- Discuss the technical assistance and other supports that the NRCDR can offer to assist with developing and implementing family support; and
- Provide time for presenters to respond to participants’ questions.
Mary Boo—Family Support Team
Mary Boo manages the Family Support Team at AdoptUSKids. Boo has researched, written, and presented about effective services for children and families in adoption, foster care, and kinship care, and was the primary author of Support Matters: Lessons from the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families.
Rebekah Main—NRCDR at AdoptUSKids
Rebekah Main is the tribal child welfare specialist at the NRCDR. She is a Wasco/Warm Springs tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) and was the CTWS CPS director for 12.5 years. She was a recent NRC4Tribes consultant doing work in Indian Country. Her experience in Indian child welfare includes Title IV-E, ICWA, family group conferencing, prevention, permanency planning, foster care, emergency shelter, and culturally specific case management.
Connie Chance Rogers
Connie Chance Rogers is a program supervisor for the Office of Adoption in Alabama DHR’s Family Services Division. She provides training and technical assistance to county departments’ recruitment efforts statewide and supervises state adoption staff responsible for child specific and child-focused recruitment as well as the staff directly responsible for adoption planning and placement for children with TPR and not being adopted by their current foster parent. She oversees contracts with agencies and organizations that perform public awareness, recruitment, and post adoption services and activities.
Deb Finley is the APAC Program Director with Children’s Aid Society in Alabama. APAC (Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections) is a statewide program funded by Alabama’s child welfare system to support and strengthen all adoptive families in Alabama.
- Webinar recording: View the recording on the AdoptUSKids YouTube channel or as a Flash file.
- Webinar PowerPoint Presentation (PDF-3 MB)
- Support Matters: Lessons from the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families (PDF - 2 MB)
This comprehensive publication from AdoptUSKids highlights successful family support efforts of 31 programs throughout the country. It provides guidance on using support services to help with both recruitment and support of families; assessing the support needs of families; using data to demonstrate the value of support services; and successfully implementing support services.
- Children's Aid Society: APAC (Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections)
This section of the Children's Aid Society website provides information about APAC services.
- APAC Adoptive Family Support Groups Surveys and Training Evaluations (PDF – 730 KB)
APAC has shared sample evaluation materials that may provide helpful examples for you to reference when developing tools to collect data about family support services.
- NRCDR E-Notes August 2015: Systemic Approaches to Supporting Families from the Start
In this issue of E-Notes, the NRCDR highlights program examples and provides resources to strengthen systemic approaches to supporting families from the start and throughout the process, so that they stay engaged and are able to meet the needs of children and youth in care.
To access additional tools and resources and ideas from the field, visit the Develop and Support Families section of the NRCDR website.Read more news