2015 Michigan Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parent Conference

Registration for this free event is limited to Michigan Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents. Each attendee must register individually, not as a couple or family.




Event Location: Great Hall, 5021 Bay City Rd. Midland, MI 48642.
Event Date and Time:
Friday, August 21, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, 2015 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Statewide Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parent Collaborative Council at the Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parent Conference. The conference will focus on trauma-informed parenting, resources and supports for caregivers, community collaboration, parent-child attachment, mental health, bullying, and suicide prevention.

Registration for individual workshops will not be completed online and seating at these workshops will be on a first come basis. If the workshop you want to attend is full, kindly attend your second choice. Once the room is full for each workshop, the workshop will be closed. The Conference booklet will be sent to all registrants in a confirmation email.



Day 1 Session A
A1 Title: Common Mental Health Diagnoses of Children from the Child Welfare System Speaker: Victoria Fitton
A2 Title: Self-care: Managing the Impact of Stress on the Caring Speaker: Brooke Van Prooyen
A3 Title: Post-Secondary Resources for Youth who Experienced Foster Care Speakers: Ann Rossi & Emily Hurtado-Arboleda
A4 Title: It Takes a Village: Navigating Birth Family Engagement as a Non-Relative Caregiver
Speakers: Stephanie McCann & Katie Page Sander
A5 Title: Keeping the Peace…or Not: Family Dynamics in Kinship Placements Speakers: Lynn Nee & Jan Wagner
A6 Title: The Intentional Parent: Changing Hurdles Into Healing Speaker: Stacy Manning

Day 1 Session B
B1 Title: Understanding the Impact of Separation on Children and Families: Child Welfare Through the Eyes of Children Speaker: Victoria Fitton
B2 Title: Michigan’s Adoption Assistance Programs
Speakers: Dawn Ritter & Cathe Hoover
B3 Title: Zeroing in on Your Child’s Emotional Age: Promote Peace by Meeting Your Child Right Where He Is
Speaker: Stacy Manning
B4 Title: Maintaining Family Connections Through Visitation: New Policy, Practice, and Procedure for Visitations for Children in Foster Care Speaker: Jemar Sutton
B5 Title: Navigating the Public Mental Health System on Behalf of My Foster, Adoptive, Kinship Child Speaker: Angelo Powell
B6 Title: Michigan Autism Safety Training Speaker: Sgt. Scott Schedule

Day 2 Session A
A1 Title: Igniting Greatness: Successful Strategies with Challenging Children Speaker: Annie Lange
A2 Title: Michigan’s Adoption Assistance Programs
Speaker: Dawn Ritter & Cathe Hoover
A3 Title: Helping Children Transition to Adoption for Foster, Recruited, and Kinship Families Speaker: Kathy Yates
A4 Title: Keeping it Safe: Safety Plans for Kinship Families Speaker: Lynn Nee & Jan Wagner
A5 Title: Treating Youth with Psychotropic Medication
Speaker: Dr. Jeanette M Scheid
A6 Title: Parenting the Sexualized Child Speaker: Renee Orr

Limited lodging, at your own expense, is available at the State of Michigan rate of $75 per night plus tax at the Best Western Valley Plaza Inn, 5221 Bay City Rd, Midland, MI 48642, 989-496-2700.

Child care will not be provided as this is a parent only event.

Questions? Please contact Jessica Deering, DeeringJ@michigan.gov, 517-241-6679 or Stephanie McCann, MccannS5@michigan.gov, 517-373-2591.