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January 2022

LGBTQIA+ Support Groups

January 27 - February 24
Online

If you are a LGBTQIA+ Youth, the Parent of a LGBTQIA+ youth, or Fostering LGBTQIA+ youth, there is now a community for you to find connection and celebration in a virtual monthly group. Parents, youth, and foster parents now each have a safe space to connect, ask questions, discuss challenges, and gain education. Sessions include topic-centric discussions. Click here to submit an anonymous question that can be answered during a meeting. Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Foster Youth Last Thursday of…

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February 2022

Mental Health Disorders in Child Welfare (Matt Arnet) (Virtual)

February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

In this training, Matt Arnett (Clinical Director of Outpatient Services at KVC), will cover a number of diagnoses/disorders from the DSM-V common among children in foster care. This will give foster parents a basic understanding & awareness of behavioral health disorders & how to approach them. You can register below, or at https://learn.childally.org/. Contact Jamie Kelsey jkelsey@kvc.org for questions.

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First Aid (Virtual)

February 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online

This training will provide basic first aid skills for foster parents, and will meet the 3 hour face-to-face criteria for licensing. You can register below, or at https://learn.childally.org/. Contact Jamie Kelsey jkelsey@kvc.org for questions.

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CONNECT Parent Group

February 8
Online

What is Connect Parent Group? Connect Parent Group is a group program for parents and other caregivers (i.e., relatives or foster parents) who would like to find ways to improve their relationships with their preteens and teens.  Adolescence can be a stressful time as youth strive for greater independence yet still need the support and guidance of their parents. Building or rebuilding stronger connections with their teens helps parents find new ways to effectively navigate these challenges. Connect was developed…

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SED Respite Info Session (Virtual)

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online

You can play a vital role in preventing children in your community from coming into foster care. We need foster parents who can provide respite to families who have children on the SED waiver (serious emotional disturbance). This short (one-hour) training/info session will provide all the information you need to make an informed decision on whether or not this opportunity is right for you, and how to get started. You can register below, or at https://learn.childally.org/. Contact Jamie Kelsey jkelsey@kvc.org…

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SED Respite Info Session (Virtual)

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online

You can play a vital role in preventing children in your community from coming into foster care. We need foster parents who can provide respite to families who have children on the SED waiver (serious emotional disturbance). This short (one-hour) training/info session will provide all the information you need to make an informed decision on whether or not this opportunity is right for you, and how to get started. You can register below, or at https://learn.childally.org/. Contact Jamie Kelsey jkelsey@kvc.org…

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Resources for Foster Parents

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

This course will cover a variety of community resources that are available for Kansas Foster Parents.  A Resources list will also be provided to attendees. To register, please reach out to Dannielle Rothering at Drrothering@kvc.org

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Suicide Prevention (Virtual)

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

Some children who are placed in foster care may experience difficult circumstances, such as abuse and neglect, which could increase suicide risk. The risk increases at the intersection of LGBTQIA+ youth in care. This training will help people who serve youth in foster care contribute to suicide prevention by: -Addressing the risk and protective factors in the lives of the youth in their care -Learning how to recognize and respond to suicide risk -Learning how to help keep youth safe…

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Partnering with Birth Parents

February 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online

Participants will learn about the importance of working with birth families to support reintegration.  They will also gain an understanding of birth parent trauma and how that can impact all aspects of reintegration.  Finally, participants will learn about how to support shared parenting through visits.  A virtual link will be provided closer to class start.

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De-escalation/Safe Crisis Management

February 26 - February 27
Online

This is potentially a two-day training. We use Safe Crisis Management to teach de-escalation, prevention and intervention skills on the first day of training (which will be virtual). You only need to attend the second day (in-person) if you are a KVC foster home intending to provide SED Respite, or have the prior approval/recommendation from your FSC. Training Objectives: Identify and understand the Rationale for SCM Training . Better Understand the Individuals in your care Identify and Understand the Common…

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