Tuesday – October 9th, 2012


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibitors Hall           






Garden Terrace/ Century B

Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibitors Hall

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Introductions/Orientation


Century B


8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Opening Keynote





Century B

Opening Keynote “Our Past, Our Present, Our Future”  

·         Foster Youth Panel

·         Facilitated by Brandy Bamberger, YES (Youth Educational Success) Coordinator

Youth iin care tell social workers, foster parents, and guardians ad litem their ideas about improving the system for all children in care.  Youth will tell their stories about coming
into care and then share through panel discussion what they feel they need from the professionals that work with them in order to make permanent safe connections so that they
 can have successful outcomes when they leave care.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Exhibitors Hall  Resource Fair


10:30 a.m. – Noon   Breakout Sessions





Century A

Healthy Transition for Youth/Young Adults Within Four Jackson County Mental Health Centers

·         Marcia Dutcher, Senior Research Specialist

Four community mental health centers in Jackson County, Missouri are changing the way youth and young adults ages 16 years to 25 years access outpatient mental health
services. In an initiative called Healthy Transitions--Uniting Pathways, Comprehensive Mental Health Services, ReDiscover Transitional Youth Living Program, Swope Health
Services and Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health Futures Program are working to ensure that youth and young adults are engaged in services in a manner that is
appealing to them and consistently respects their voice and choice in the decisions that affect them.


Century B

Teaching Kids to Survive - Preparing Children to Survive in a Society Where Race, Gender and Other Factors Will Confront Them

·         Ty Murrell Foster Parent/Public Relations Specialist

Walking with a bag of Skittles and a can of tea can have an adverse consequence if your child is in a neighborhood were they are percieved as not belonging.

As parents we must prepare our children to survive. Even in the 21st Century people are often judged not on their charcter but on external factors and prejudices by others.

-       That we must teach our children that everyone does not view them as their families (adoptive/foster) do.  So they must learn how to get past the obstacles that
will confront them.

-       Learn not accept each person for who they are based on their own deeds not the deeds of someone else that may have similar external features.

-       You can not judge a book by its cover.


Century c

Using a Peer Review Model to Improve Service Through Evaluation

·         Rebecca Gillam, Project Coordinator University of Kansas

·         Stephanie Wallio

·         Mary Hess

This session will describe a Peer Review Model for community-based participatory evaluation. Peer Review is an effective evaluation approach that: improves service delivery
systems, prioritizes systems change, ensures availability and quality of services, increases accountability and credibility of application of funds, provides feedback to programs
and funders, and targets areas for technical assistance. The model is a comprehensive process designed to develop staff capacity as evaluators, to determine the efficacy of the
program, and to support staff in ongoing quality improvement efforts. The model has also been effective in building relationships across programs and agencies, leading to
collaborative efforts and shared resources to further support the grantees’ work.



Pershing West


·         Lesa Chandler – Director of Professional Development, Cornerstones of Care

Learn how various communities are using the ACEs study and emerging knowledge about the brain to improve their communities by reducing the prevalence of adverse
 childhood experiences and minimizing the traumatic impact on individuals.  The potential for community impact lies in safer neighborhoods, improved mental and physical
health, better educational outcomes, increased productivity in the workforce, and more.  While many trauma-informed efforts are beginning in the metro area, come be a part
of the initiative to combine our efforts to Make K.C. ACEs Free!

Make K.C. ACEs Free©2012 Cornerstones of Care


Pershing North

Using the Internet as a Tool for Search, What You Need to Know/Internet Security


John Ecklund, Director of Investigations, has been with Midwest Foster Care & Adoption since the start of the extreme recruitment program at MFCAA. He is a licensed private
 investigator by the State of Missouri, Department of Professional Registration, additionally he is licensed as a Private Detective by the Kansas Attorney General, through the
Kansas Bureau of Investigation. John has over twenty one years of experience in the investigative field. He is the owner of Ecklund & Associates Detective Agency of Kansas City
Missouri. John specializes in covert surveillance and background investigations.

-       Internet Safety

-       Online searching for family members

-       Parental controls

Noon – 1:00  Exhibitors Hall/Resource Fair & Lunch Break


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Breakout Sessions





Century A

Reducing the Use of Psychotropic Drugs

Lecture presented by


Century B

LINC – Transitioning Older Youth

·         Catherine Brown, CEO of Children with a Purpose Consultant

So you want to be released? It’s your choice.

The workshop will help youth, placement providers, casemanagers and service provider’s hands on experiences that will prepare youth to venture into the world feeling
confident.  Children with a Purpose and Love & Logic techniques are suited to teens emphasizing healthy communication and use the consultant approach which is
paramount with the emerging independence of a teenager.

-       N 2 me I see:

-       Building relationships with youth in foster care. taking the time to go into the world of a teen that is in foster care and embracing them for being the resilient
youth that they have become through the process.

-       I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T do you know what that means?:

-       The youth will be able to see the things that they need to do and know in order to become successful.

-       Creating strategies in implementing the skills needed to help young people succeed.



Century c

Working Together: Incorporating NAMI-KCs Programs and Services to Educate Parents, Youth & Staff

·         Jen Boyden, Program Director National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Kansas City

Learn about NAMI-KC's Programs & Services and how you can utilize them to educate & support parents, youth and the community.

-       Learn programs and services available from NAMI-KC

-       Learn how to incorporate & refer to  NAMI-KC's programs & services to educate/support families, youth & professionals

-       Learn opportunities to partner with NAMI-KC to offer support and education services.



Pershing West

Understanding Trauma: Nurturing Healthy Attachment and Bonding in Foster Care and Adoption

·         Heidi Elmore, MS Parenting Coach

·         Mark Elmore, LPC

·         Sarah Anderson, Foster Parent & Mentor

Understanding Trauma: Heidi will present the numerous traumas, which can be incurred by the child in the foster/adoption process. Sarah will present the traumas,
which can be incurred by the parent through the foster/adoption process. Mark will present the psychological and neurological effects of trauma. Sarah and Heidi will
show how trauma manifests in behavioral problems for the child. Mark will explain different attachment styles seen in both children and parents.


Pershing North

 LGBTQ Foster Youth Panel                       

·         Lynn Barnett is a licensed social worker in both Kansas and Missouri

·         Panel of Older Foster Youth

A panel of 18 and over LGBT youth who have experienced bigotry and prejudice in their families of origin, foster homes, or on the streets if they have experienced a 
period of homelessness.  These youth have found ways in which to overcome their circumstances and have 
risen above to achieve stable homes and jobs and will be able to talk about their experiences to the audience to impart the difficulties they have experienced in being gay
 in today's child welfare system.  Five teenagers/young adults will compose the panel with Lynn Barnett as the Moderator of the discussion.  Each youth will tell their story
 in short 5 to 7 minute speeches and then questions will be posed by the audience.

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Exhibitors Hall/Resource Fair


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Breakout Sessions





Century A

What You Should Know About Working with Children of Prisoners and Their Families

·         Dr. Toni Richards, Associate Professor University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare

·         Ashley Richards, BSW Student University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare

Dr. Johnson will provide characteristics of inmate parents incarcerated at the state and federal level and will present an overview of the effects of incarceration on the family
 with a specific focus on the children.  A review of nationally developed “best practices” used with these children will be followed by a facilitated discussion of interventions
 being used in across the state of Kansas and the Nation. This presentation will use brief lecture, small & large group discussion, video clips, and interactive experiences to 
engage workshop participants in discussion and activities designed to build skills in working with and advocating for children of prisoners


Century B

School-to-Home Connections for Foster Children and Families

·         Lucas Shivers, Researcher, Teacher, Foster Parent (University of Kansas)

In this presentation, participants will learn about the distinctive aspects of school connections  within foster care, with a lens of exploring teacher family relationships. To build 
successful school-to-home connections, foster families, teachers, school leaders and other stakeholders can learn to communicate to make decisions together. Teachers and
 foster parents can learn to solve problems to close the achievement gap of students in foster care. 


Century c

Maintaining Birth Family Connections in Adoption

·         Joe Beck, MFCAA


Pershing West

Children’s Enhancement Project: Developing Multisystem Collaborations

·         Amy Mendenhall, Assistant Professor University of Kansas

Developing multisystem collaborations in children’s mental health is challenging work.  This presentation introduces participants to a regional initiative in Northwest Missouri to 
develop a collaborative program, the Children’s Enhancement Project (CEP), and the concurrent evaluation of CEP being conducted to strengthen CEP and measure its 
effectiveness.  CEP utilizes a strengths-based philosophy of care utilizing a team approach to create individualized, family and child-focused services and natural community supports for youth at risk of institutionalized care.  The evaluation of CEP is multifaceted and comprehensive, with a focus on early 
community and organizational implementation, and clinical and cost outcomes.  By attending this presentation, participants will be better prepared to develop multisystem 
collaborations and a targeted, concurrent evaluation in their own communities.


Pershing North

Preventing Re-entries after Reunification in Foster Care