Making Visits Meaningful: Practical and Systemic Approaches
According to Barry Chaffkin, one of the pioneers in New York City’s Visiting Improvement Project and a national consultant on improving permanency for children, “everything happens better when visiting is going well.” This workshop will encourage you to think outside the box in advocating for visiting plans that promote positive permanency for children. Both systemic approaches to improving visits and case-specific strategies will be discussed.
Attachment, Family, and Community from a Child’s Perspective: A Developmental Approach to Placement, Loss, and Permanency
Barry Chaffkin, LCSW, Change the World One Child at a Time
Plenary Salida 2010
As GALs, advocacy is rooted in the best interest of the child. This session will provide a developmental overview from a child’s perspective of the foster care/out-of-home placement experience. While out-of-home placement may be necessary, this session will challenge you to think critically about the decision to place and to strategize creatively about services, placements, visiting and permanency plans that will minimize potential harm.
Family Visits that Meet Children’s Needs
In this workshop, Marty Beyer, a national expert on innovative approaches to visits, will encourage you to challenge your assumptions about visits as well as the visiting plans offered to your children. This workshop will provide a developmental perspective on visits, explore reactions to visits and the developmental reasons for such reactions, and systemic strategies for developing and implementing meaningful visiting plans that address the needs of children while supporting case goals and better case outcomes.
Understanding Children's Needs and the Developmental Risks of Out-of-Home Care
Marty Beyer, Ph.D.
While Cornerstone Advocacy provides a framework for representation, GAL advocacy is always grounded in an assessment of children’s best interests, including their preferences, strengths, and needs. Marty Beyer, a national expert who coined the term “strengths/needs based,” will share best practices allowing you to better assess the strengths, needs, and interests of the children and youth whose interests you represent.
When Out of Home Placement is Necessary: Advocating for Placements that Respect Attachments and Promote Continuity
Heidi Hendricks, M.A., L.P.C., Lutheran Family Services
Although we may strive to keep children in their homes, safety concerns do at times require out-of-home placements. Heidi Hendricks of Lutheran Family Services will share the most recent information and developments geared towards minimizing the harm of out-of-home placements, with a special emphasis on the recent Fostering Connections Act and programs and projects taking place throughout Colorado.