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2014 Fall Workshop Registrations
We are partnering with the Foster Care Review Office (FCRO), CASA, DHHS and other numerous agencies and local community partnerships across the state in an effort to be collaborative in our approach to training this fall. Registration is required. Registration will be handled by the FCRO.
We have 8 workshop sites this year, two of which are on a Saturday and each of those have an evening component as well. At a later time we will also be offering lunch and learn and evening trainings to help meet the needs of local board members who are not able to attend the day events. If you choose to attend the day event and cannot attend the entire day that is fine, just let us know on the registration form if you will be joining us for lunch.
Our focus for each workshop this year includes:
• The Link Between Brain Function and Attachment – Stan Waddell, LPC
• Bridge to Independence Panel & Q&A
• Resilience – The Art and Science of Healing from Trauma – Stan Waddell, LPC
• What You Need to Know About Psychotropic Medications - Dee Nichelson, LPN - Gering/Scottsbluff and North Platte only (evening session)
Please go to the Education Tab to learn more and register!
AWESOME OPPORTUNITY FOR FOSTER and FOSTER/ADOPT PARENTS
Thanks to Foster Focus Magazine, the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) is collaborating with the magazine to highlight foster and foster/adopt parents from across the country. This is your chance to tell the magazines many readers why you foster and what it means to you. Want to participate? Here is what is needed:
One paragraph, at your discretion, under 150 words, that describes why you foster/what it means to you.
A high quality jpeg photo.
Your day job.
Length of time fostering.
You can be a single foster parent or a couple. The magazine will publish 20-30 selected entries early this fall. Deadline for submission is August 15. Please email your entry to:
Again, thanks to Foster Focus Magazine and NFPA for this wonderful opportunity to show the world this positive view of foster parenting. Hope to see your entry soon! For additional information, please email the president of NFPA, Irene Clements, at the email address above.
May is National Foster Care Month!
Foster Parents help children and families reach permanency. They work with the child's family and other team members to help the child return home or find other permanency options. National Foster Care Month is a time to recognize the foster parents, kinship families, agency workers, child welfare professionals and other members of the community who help children in foster care.
NFAPA had a Proclamation signing with Governor Heineman on May 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the State Capitol where he declared May as Foster Care Appreciation Month. Proclamations are given in recognition of a special event. We had a great turn out and hope to have one just as big next year! We also had an Open House at our office immediately following which gave us a chance to visit and talk with foster parents, agency workers and DHHS staff. We hope to see you next year!
Guardianship Training Classes
If you are interested in learning more about Guardianship or recently did a guardianship please check out our Guardianship Training Classes we offer throughout Nebraska! We offer information on the duties of the guardian, rights of the ward, annual reporting requirements and instruction on the forms required for guardianship of this population of minors. This class will fulfill the Guardianship education requirements set by Nebraska Probate Code. See the list of classes available under the Education tab and then click Guardianship. You must register for the class at least on week before the class.
Watch the Education/Training Tab and our calendar for additional trainings being offered around Nebraska and for registration forms.