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      March 24, 2018

      Saturday   8:30 AM

      8000 Middlebrook Pike
      Knoxville, Tennessee 37909

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      KAFCAM 2018 Conference

      This conference is designed to encourage, equip and connect families interested or involved in adoption and foster care. Cost is $10/person or $15/couple. A light breakfast and lunch are included. Schedule for the day (subject to change): 8:30 - 9 AMREGISTRATION/TABLES/LIGHT BREAKFAST 9 - 9:45 AMWELCOME/MAIN SESSION THE FOUNDRYJared Raby 10 - 10:45 AM (BLOCK 1)ADOPTION 101 THE FOUNDRY - Carrie CateAdoption seems rather overwhelming. Babies, International, Teens. How much does it cost? Begin with Adoption 101 where you can learn the basics, the lingo and where to begin.FOSTER CARE 101 ROOM 604 - Jennifer Stamper, Scott Strable, James Council and Heather BowersLearn about the goals and processes of foster care. Discover who can be a foster parent, how foster parents are trained as well as policies and supports in place to help foster families succeed.THINKING DIFFERENTLY: Utilizing Media and The Arts to Overcome Trauma - Kyle Ford and Darren Fink ROOM 601Discover why it is imperative for us as caregivers to help our children learn how to tell their stories, and learn how you can utilize media and the arts in your home to walk your child through past trauma.BUILDING YOUR VILLAGE: Creating a Trauma Informed Tribe - Allison Cooke Douglas ROOM 602Identifying the needs of traumatized children and finding supportive, trauma informed providers can be both difficult and frustrating for caregivers. This workshop will cover the need for providers to be consistent, family centered and trauma informed. Informal, social and family supports will also be explored.COFFEE TALK RESOURCE CENTERTOPIC: ASK THE “EXPERTS” - Open Adoption, Ethnic Skin and Hair Care, Adoption Fundraising, Transracial Adoption - Zerita Brockman, Donecia Sanders, Coby Eldridge and Kristin MillerCommunity is a vital component in the adoption and foster care journey. Join in these informal conversations with professionals and parents. Ask questions and learn from their years of experience. 11 - 11:45 AM - BLOCK 2FOSTER TO ADOPT 102 THE FOUNDRY - Jennifer Stamper, Andy Nack, Sabrina Adair, Hattie Quick,PJ Eaton and Camille BerkleyThe primary goal of foster care is not adoption, however, thousands of children in the state of Tennessee become available for adoption through the foster care system each year. Learn the processes, challenges and benefits of adopting through foster care. (Foster Care 101 is highly recommended pre-requisite)ADULT ADOPTEE PANEL ROOM 604Ryan McMichael, Hillary Dewhirst, Danae Kissner, Rebecca Juarez and Tyler Hays. - Moderated by Kristin Miller.A panel of adult adoptees will share their adoption stories and answer your questions. Their voice is so valuable and we can learn so much from adoptees.STARTING A CHURCH ADOPTION/FOSTER CARE/WRAP AROUND MINISTRY - Amy McCamis and Kalie Printz ROOM 601Connecting your congregation to the foster and adoptive families in your community can be a daunting task. While we are all called to care for the orphan, many in the church do not know how to begin. If you or your church is interested in starting a ministry that connects your congregation to the families caring for vulnerable children, join us as we discuss Wrap Around Ministries. This session is much more than a one-size- fits-all model. We will discuss and share different models for Wrap Around Ministries and allow you time to reflect on what this ministry could look like for your church. Whether you are looking for ways to refine your pre-existing Wrap Around Ministry or you are starting from scratch, we will discuss ideas and topics relevant to your needs.SAFE FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN ROOM 602 - Janet CockrumSafe Families for Children provides temporary hosting for children whose families are experiencing a temporary crisis. The average hosting is 33 days. The average age of a child is 4. It is NOT adoption or foster care. Learn how you can be involved as a host family, family friend, or mentor a young mother.COFFEE TALK RESOURCE CENTER - TOPIC: INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONLauren Wilson, Melissa Russell, Chris and Anne GravesCommunity is a vital component in the adoption and foster care journey. Join in these informal conversations with professionals and parents. Ask questions and learn from their years of experience. 11:45 AM - 1 PM - LUNCH AND LEARNGrab a quick lunch and continue to peruse agency tables or take a leisurely lunch while connecting with fellow attendees. 1 - 2:30 PM - BLOCK 3PREPARING YOUR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY FOR FOSTER CARE OR ADOPTIONTHE FOUNDRYDr. Clark Stevens, Brett GleasonYour marital relationship is the primary vehicle for modeling secure attachment for your children. In this workshop, research-based strategies for strengthening your marriage bond and enriching marital intimacy will be explored. Included will be a brief exploration how each partner's own "attachment style" can influence whether a marriage is harmonious or conflicted. We will also discuss how to prepare your children for welcoming new children into your home as well as the impact of secondary trauma within your family. NAVIGATING THE DIGITAL WORLD ROOM 601Devin PayneThis training was created specifically to teach adults - parents, teachers, pastors, other caregivers - about sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children in East TN, who the predators really are, who the victims are, and how to protect your children online. We will also address internet safety (i.e. monitoring your child’s electronic devices, hidden apps youth are using, hashtags, sexting, permanence of what is placed on internet, etc.), and equip participants to identify signs of children and youth participating in risky behaviors online.THE IMPACTS OF TRAUMA: What Adoptive and Foster Parents Need to KnowROOM 602Kindal Akers and Kate JohnsonThis session will explore how early trauma impacts a child’s brain development, the implications of early life experiences for your child’s behaviors and functioning, and how to provide a supportive environment for your child in light of challenges you may face.FOSTER CARE FEARS PANEL ROOM 604Led by James Council, Jessica Troutman, Amy McAmis, Claire May and Tomma Battle. Moderated by Chante Hensley.A panel of current and former foster parents will share their experiences and answer your questions. Come learn and ask in a safe environment while making no commitments. 2:30 - 3:00 PMCLOSING SESSION THE FOUNDRY

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