Family Strengthening & Reintegration

10 Principles for Effective Family Strengthening

Family care for any child begins with supporting the caregivers who love and serve a child long-term. “Family Strengthening” has become a buzzword that is often used in conversations – but many don’t know exactly what it means. Join Dr. Delia Pop as she outlines practical options for supporting families – whether that be for prevention, reintegration, adoption, foster, or kinship care.

(Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children)

Adult Attachment and Family Strengthening (Advanced)

Learn the four adult attachment styles including the precursors, their potential impact on caregiving, and how to identify each style in children. Discover how to strengthen families by increasing caregiver sensitivity, helping caregivers recognize negative response patterns, and increasing caregiver mindfulness.

(Mandy Howard, Samford University)

Family Group Conferencing

Family group conferencing is a mediated, formal meeting between family members and other officials (such as social workers) in regards to the care and protection of a child or adolescent. This process is systems-focused and lets those most involved in a child’s care take the lead on what should happen. Family group conferencing can be used in any program caring for vulnerable kids to identify solutions supported by that child’s community. Learn practical solutions and ways to implement this in your program.

(Mick Pease & Dan Hope, SFAC)

Parenting Skills Training for Family Strengthening (Coaching Table)

During this coaching table, program leaders and child welfare professionals will discuss how to train parenting skills in order to support family strengthening.

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Preparing and Strengthening Families for Reintegration (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Preventing Separation in Low-Resource Environments (Advanced) (Coaching Table)

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Resilience Training for Families (Coaching Table)

During this coaching table, program leaders and child welfare professionals will receive feedback and strategies for how to support and train resilience within families.

Coach:Ruby Johnston, Lamb International

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Risk to Resiliency: Working With Families in Crisis

Need something for your team to use in working with families who are in crisis? This session will overview a 10 lesson (three hours per lesson) program, covering psychological trauma, child abuse and neglect, crisis management, engaging a family in crisis, helping a family make a plan for safety, and much more. You will be encouraged to immediately implement this training program back in your own church, system, NGO, or network. Upon completion of the session, you will be given a link to access the entire curriculum, PowerPoints, and handouts.

(Lynn & Ruby Johnston, LAMb International)

Supporting Family and Community Reintegration Through Case Management

This workshop will provide basic, entry-level, theoretical, and practical information on case management for organizations and individuals working or interested in family reintegration and preventing separation of children from their families. Together we will explore the process of case management, examples of tools and standards, and share experiences of using case management. Special topics will include: strengths-based approaches, engaging the family, child participation, and monitoring toward successful reintegration. Following a presentation and discussion, there will be a participatory exercise to help participants take steps to incorporate case management into their work. Resources and links to more information will be shared.

(Beth Bradford & Maria Jose Ortiz, Changing the Way We Care)

Supporting Local Families to Care for Children with Special Needs in the Majority World (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

How can CAFO member organizations best encourage and enable families globally to effectively care for children with special needs? What is working now – and what new strategies are needed? CAFO member organizations are invited to join together in this interactive discussion of the big challenges and promising solutions.

(David Gotts, International China Concern)

The Church’s Role in Putting Protective Factors in Place for Reunifying Families

Children in foster care are going home, but many are re-entering care too. This type of “bouncing” wreaks havoc on kids and their families. When looking at the reasons for recidivism in foster care, it is clear that the Church can play a primary role in providing protective factors for at-risk families. This workshop will share a church model of engagement with biological parents in the foster care system, while examining risk factors for children’s re-entry to care.

(Traci Newell, Lifeline Children’s Services)

Troubleshooting Your Questions on Family Care for Children with Special Needs (Coaching Table)

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Using the Child Status Index for Case Management (Advanced) (Coaching Table)

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