Optimizing Futures for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Wednesday, September 14 | 2:30pm
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder describes a the range of symptoms that can occur when a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy. This condition is not uncommon, especially in developing nations where access to prenatal care and information may be limited. Additionally, FASD shows up in orphans and vulnerable children more frequently than in children raised by biological parents. As the disorder can have long-term physical, cognitive, and emotional effects, caring for children with FASD can seem overwhelming and even discouraging. What can we do to optimize future outcomes for children with this challenging condition? Dr. Judith Eckerle, from the University of Minnesota International Adoption Medicine Program and expert in FASD, will offer practical information and tips to move parents from confusion and frustration to knowledge and hope.
Everyone Can Do Something: Building a Foundational Culture of Orphan Care in Your Church
Wednesday, October 5 | 2:00pm (est)
The imagery of a human body is consistently used throughout Scripture to illustrate the identity and activity of the Church – how the people of God relate to one another and function together. Some are hands and some are feet. Some are fingers and some are toes. Some eyes and some ears. (1 Corinthians 12:14-20) In essence, we’re not all called to do the same thing, but we’re all absolutely capable of doing something. That’s the Body of Christ.
Specifically, as we look at how the cooperative efforts of the Body of Christ work themselves out through the care of the orphaned and vulnerable, we find the same premise to hold true – we’re not all called to do the same thing, but we’re all capable of doing something. We all have a role to play – some more visible, some more subtle – all of significant importance in serving the cause of children and families in need.
So how do we communicate that message to our church? How do we engage everyone from the student to the senior citizen in caring for the orphaned and vulnerable? In a practical sense, how does that message play itself out in the structure and strategy of our ministry? In this webinar we will explore how we don’t just want to lead a peripheral orphan care ministry that a few people in our church are involved with, but rather want to work towards establishing a culture of orphan care that everyone in our church has a role to play in. We’ll highlight key principles to consider and provide practical tools, real-life models and implementable “next steps” for you and your leadership team.
As an added bonus, everyone who attends the webinar will receive a FREE download of the new PDF Guide Book, “Everyone Can Do Something”! This new, engaging resource will supplement the material discussed in the webinar and can be used for on-going dialogue among you and your team.
Developing Social Work Capacity in Resource-Poor Environments
Wednesday, October 19 | 2:00pm Eastern
In an ideal world, OVC-serving organizations would all love to have a deep bench of highly-trained social work professionals from the region in which they serve. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, at least not initially. And yet, we know that the assessment, case management, and teaching social workers provide is absolutely critical to the success of OVC-serving programs, and the expertise they provide can drastically elevate the quality of care a program offers. Amy Bess, Coordinator of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, will discuss strategies for developing social work capacity in lay people in situations where sufficient numbers of social work professionals may not be available. She will offer practical tips and tools, as well and discuss a training outline that has been evaluated in dozens of cultural contexts and is available for your organization to use.
When people think about getting involved in foster care, the first things that often come to mind are foster parenting and adoption. To be sure, these are two important pieces of the foster care puzzle. But, what are some of the other pieces and how can God use your unique gifts and experiences in some of these vital areas? This webinar is designed to help you and others in your church understand multiple pieces of the foster care puzzle and evaluate exactly where you might fit.
When we have a desire to serve vulnerable children in a particular location, where do we begin? It can be challenging to assess the true need, especially if we are new to the area or crossing cultures. This presentation will focus on learning to assess the needs and assets of a community, and determining how best to contribute.