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  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/27/2024 at 9:30 AM (MDT)

    The histories of youth in foster and adoptive families often involve details that can feel difficult to discuss as a caregiver. Learn how to share your child’s history with them in ways that promote healthy communication, offer developmentally appropriate language, and support the reduction of potential negative internalizations. Navigating these conversations with youth whose backgrounds specifically include abuse/neglect/domestic violence, substance abuse, incarceration, rape/prostitution, and human trafficking will be discussed.

    The histories of youth in foster and adoptive families often involve details that can feel difficult to discuss as a caregiver. Learn how to share your child’s history with them in ways that promote healthy communication, offer developmentally appropriate language, and support the reduction of potential negative internalizations. Navigating these conversations with youth whose backgrounds specifically include abuse/neglect/domestic violence, substance abuse, incarceration, rape/prostitution, and human trafficking will be discussed.


    Hours earned: 2.0


    Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker (Moderator)

    Grow Beyond Words

    Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker is a licensed psychologist, international/transracial adoptee of color, and an adoptive parent. She specializes in providing mental health support focused on adoption, trauma, and racial identity work through her private practice based in Denver, Colorado. She is a frequent speaker and trainer at adoption agencies, camps, and conferences throughout the US, and the creator of the National Adoptee-Therapist Directory. She is also the author of “The Adoptee Self-Reflection Journal,” “The Adoptive Parent Self-Reflection Journal,” and the “Adoptees Like Me” illustrated series for elementary readers.

    • Register
      • Foster Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • CASA - $25
      • Foster Parent (Outside Colorado) - $10
      • County/CPA Worker - $25
      • Foster Parent (New Mexico) - Free!
      • Former FP/Adoptive Parent/Not currently fostering - $10
      • Certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $10
      • Foster Source Staff - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $10
      • Teacher - $25
      • Speaker - Free!
      • New Mexico Misc. - Free!
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  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/13/2024 at 9:30 AM (MDT)

    What is ABA (applied behavior analysis)? How can ABA support our children and youth from hard places? Is there such a thing as “trauma-informed ABA”? These questions and more will be explored in this webinar focused on behavior supports for children and youth in foster care and what makes an ABA program trauma-informed. Our instructor will discuss the basics of applied behavior analysis, behavior assessments and treatment plans that take trauma and adverse childhood experiences into account, as well as interventions common in the ABA world that might be contraindicated when working with children and youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, and other ACEs. We will also discuss questions to consider when interviewing ABA providers to find a best fit for your family, and the youth you support, as well as securing funding for ABA services via Medicaid.

    ABA (applied behavior analysis)? How can ABA support our children and youth from hard places? Is there such a thing as “trauma-informed ABA”? These questions and more will be explored in this webinar focused on behavior supports for children and youth in foster care and what makes an ABA program trauma-informed. Our instructor will discuss the basics of applied behavior analysis, behavior assessments and treatment plans that take trauma and adverse childhood experiences into account, as well as interventions common in the ABA world that might be contraindicated when working with children and youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, and other ACE’s. We will also discuss questions to consider when interviewing ABA providers to find a best fit for your family, and the youth you support, as well as securing funding for ABA services via Medicaid.

    Hours earned: 2.0


    Amber Lopez (Moderator)

    Director of Youth Services - Colorado

    Envoi Associates

    Amber Lopez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with an educational background in human development and family studies. Her passion lies at the intersection of trauma-informed care and behavior supports for individuals with disabilities, which led her to further explore the field of child welfare and foster care when she began providing behavior supports to children and teens in out-of-home placements. Amber is the Director of Youth Services at Envoi Associates, a child placement agency in Northern Colorado licensed for treatment and therapeutic foster care. As a BCBA, she has focused her professional development and continuing education on trauma-informed interventions, caregiver and support staff training, and the dissemination of behavior analysis beyond traditional ABA settings. She has a deep love for lifelong learning and actively seeks opportunities to expand her knowledge in behavior analysis, child welfare, and improving the lives of the individuals and families she works alongside.

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      • Foster Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • CASA - $25
      • Foster Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • County/CPA Worker - $25
      • Foster Parent (New Mexico) - Free!
      • Former FP/Adoptive Parent/Not currently fostering - $20
      • Certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Foster Source Staff - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Teacher - $25
      • Speaker - Free!
      • New Mexico Misc. - Free!
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  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/06/2024 at 9:30 AM (MDT)

    Join functional health coach Justin Carroll and former foster parent/current adoptive parent Stacey Hansen as we dive into ways that our minds and bodies can find health again.

    How long are you willing to work to become who you want to be? Join functional health coach Justin Carroll and former foster parent/current adoptive parent Stacey Hansen as we dive into ways that our minds and bodies can find health again.

    If you can cultivate your breath in the middle of the mess, in the middle of the chaos, where there are 100 items of peril around, you can change your world.

    No heavy weights (the #kettlebell might have cried in the corner), simple movements filled with breath.
    If you can learn to breathe in the middle of chaos you can breathe anywhere.
    The breath found in the mess is the catalyst that brings chaos into order.

    Learn to make space to practice letting things go, releasing outcomes, and allowing your body to rest and repair so it does all the things you need it to.

    Some days that means breath-work and meditation, other days that means deadlifts and cardio, and other days its means naps, a fire, and coffee.

    When you are becoming who you want to be it may take you longer than you want but it is worth every moment.


    Hours earned: 2.0


    Justin Carroll (Moderator)

    Fortify Health

    Justin Carroll is a testament to the power of transformation. From his roots as a farm kid to becoming a fitness professional, his journey is one of dedication and passion. After honing his skills in sales within the agriculture industry, Justin made a bold move in 2019, relocating his family to Texas to pursue his dream of building a thriving training business.

    Since then, Justin has made a significant impact by coaching over 100 clients, both in-person and online, on their health and fitness journey. His approach goes beyond physical training; he is committed to helping individuals cultivate a balanced lifestyle that encompasses both the mentality and internal health that is needed to attain optimal health.

    Now, Justin is embarking on his next chapter, driven by his desire to empower others to be their own health advocate. He is adopting a hybrid functional nutrition approach that combines the nutritional science needs to support the body’s systems with the mental tools needed overcome self-limiting behaviors. Through his innovative methods, Justin aims to help people not only transform their bodies but also find peace of mind and fulfillment in their lives.

    With Justin Carroll as your guide, you can expect a journey that challenges and inspires you to reach new heights of physical and mental well-being.--

    DISCLAIMER: Fortify Health/Justin Carroll is not a doctor or registered dietitian. The contents of this email should not be taken as medical or mental health advice. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem - nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician or a therapist. Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health.

    Stacey Hansen (Moderator)

    Fortify Health

    Stacey Hansen is a dynamic speaker with a powerful story of resilience and triumph. As an adoptive parent to six children, three of whom came through Foster Care, she intimately understands the challenges of navigating trauma and adversity. Stacey has firsthand experience dealing with PTSD, RAD, and Autism within her family, and she's dedicated to sharing her insights and strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

    With a background in Health Coaching, specializing in Trauma-Informed Care, Nutrition, and Yoga, Stacey empowers individuals to take charge of their well-being.

     She's passionate about helping people break free from old patterns, whether physical or mental, and create positive changes in their lives.

    Stacey's workshops and coaching are highly practical and impactful. She works with various groups, including foster families, adoptive families, veterans, first responders, human trafficking survivors, and athletes, teaching techniques to release stored emotions and trauma through breath, movement, mindset, and nutrition.

    Stacey Hansen brings a unique blend of personal experience and professional expertise to her speaking engagements, leaving audiences inspired and equipped to navigate their own journey towards healing and growth.

    DISCLAIMER: Fortify Health/Stacey Hansen is not a doctor or registered dietitian. The contents of this email should not be taken as medical or mental health advice. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem - nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician or a therapist. Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health.

    • Register
      • Foster Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • CASA - $25
      • Foster Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • County/CPA Worker - $25
      • Foster Parent (New Mexico) - Free!
      • Former FP/Adoptive Parent/Not currently fostering - $20
      • Certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Foster Source Staff - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Teacher - $25
      • Speaker - Free!
      • New Mexico Misc. - Free!
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  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/16/2024 at 9:30 AM (MDT)

    How can you turn moments of struggle into moments of connection? Discover how brain development, implicit memories, and the “6 F’s” (Fight, Flight, Freeze, Friend, Fidget, Flop) can influence your foster or adoptive child’s reactions to traditional methods of discipline, and develop compassionate, creative, and effective strategies for limit-setting and consequences that simultaneously enhance healthy attachment patterns in the child-caregiver relationship. Tools to cope with common struggles will be addressed, including separation anxiety, transitions, homework, aggression, lying, stealing, hoarding, argumentativeness, and sleep anxiety.

    How can you turn moments of struggle into moments of connection? Discover how brain development, implicit memories, and the “6 F’s” (Fight, Flight, Freeze, Friend, Fidget, Flop) can influence your foster or adoptive child’s reactions to traditional methods of discipline, and develop compassionate, creative, and effective strategies for limit-setting and consequences that simultaneously enhance healthy attachment patterns in the child-caregiver relationship. Tools to cope with common struggles will be addressed, including separation anxiety, transitions, homework, aggression, lying, stealing, hoarding, argumentativeness, and sleep anxiety.


    Hours earned: 2.0


    Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker (Moderator)

    Grow Beyond Words

    Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker is a licensed psychologist, international/transracial adoptee of color, and an adoptive parent. She specializes in providing mental health support focused on adoption, trauma, and racial identity work through her private practice based in Denver, Colorado. She is a frequent speaker and trainer at adoption agencies, camps, and conferences throughout the US, and the creator of the National Adoptee-Therapist Directory. She is also the author of “The Adoptee Self-Reflection Journal,” “The Adoptive Parent Self-Reflection Journal,” and the “Adoptees Like Me” illustrated series for elementary readers.

    • Register
      • Foster Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • CASA - $25
      • Foster Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • County/CPA Worker - $25
      • Foster Parent (New Mexico) - Free!
      • Former FP/Adoptive Parent/Not currently fostering - $20
      • Certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Foster Source Staff - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Teacher - $25
      • Speaker - Free!
      • New Mexico Misc. - Free!
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  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/09/2024 at 9:30 AM (MST)

    In this class, taught by Shari Simmons, we delve into the complex dynamics of children who, due to trauma, have taken on parental responsibilities for themselves, their siblings, and even their parents. This phenomenon, known as parentification, can have profound effects on a child's development and well-being.

    In this class, taught by Shari Simmons, we delve into the complex dynamics of children who, due to trauma, have taken on parental responsibilities for themselves, their siblings, and even their parents. This phenomenon, known as parentification, can have profound effects on a child's development and well-being.

    Participants will gain insight into the underlying causes and manifestations of parentification. We'll explore the psychological, emotional, and social implications for children who find themselves in this role, as well as its impact on familial dynamics and relationships.

    Drawing from trauma-informed approaches and attachment theory, we'll discuss compassionate ways to support children who are navigating the challenges of premature caregiving. Participants will learn techniques for promoting healthy boundaries, fostering resilience, and restoring a sense of childhood for these young caregivers.


    Hours earned: 2.0


    Shari Simmons (Moderator)

    MSW, LCSW

    Shari has a 30-year career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been the Executive Director of several mental health facilities, is currently an adjunct professor, has a private practice, and is a consultant for treatment providers looking to implement evidence-based practices and trauma ingrained care. She is grateful for the opportunity to share expertise on mental health, epigenetics and trauma alongside her mother.

    Since a young age, Shari has studied resiliency and the enduring self-sabotaging thoughts that are often the result of trauma. She is co-author of Which Way?, a memoir and psychological handbook on trauma for survivors, clinicians, and anyone who wants to understand and celebrate just how resilient the human spirit is.

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      • Foster Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • CASA - $25
      • Foster Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • County/CPA Worker - $25
      • Foster Parent (New Mexico) - Free!
      • Former FP/Adoptive Parent/Not currently fostering - $20
      • Certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Foster Source Staff - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Teacher - $25
      • Speaker - Free!
      • New Mexico Misc. - Free!
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  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 03/02/2024 at 9:30 AM (MST)

    A morning of inspiration with Lori Poland, M.A., L.P.C. This event will feature Lori's book, "I Live Here", and will include a book signing.

    Register for class here.

    Register children for the childcare here:https://forms.gle/Uhhk3c98hCZn...

    Foster Source is thrilled to welcome Lori Poland, M.A., L.P.C. to the Learning Source in March. Lori will share her incredible journey of learning to heal by embracing her story. We will feature and distribute Lori's book, "I Live Here". Thank you to Lori for sharing her story with us and helping us learn to be better caregivers to children from trauma.


    Lori Poland, M.A., L.P.C.

    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    EndCAN

    Lori is a thought leader by nature, guiding and leading innovation and conversation about taboo topics using authenticity, humor, and humility. Lori is a therapist who specializes in attachment and trauma, is trained in family counseling, child and adolescent therapy and infant mental health. Lori maintains a small private practice supporting people in attachment, relationships, and personal growth. Lori has spent the last 27 years as a public-speaker motiving audiences in self-improvement, personal introspection, and healing through life’s presented challenges. Lori shares openly and genuinely about the effects of trauma, the journey of healing, and the impact that relationships have on our growth by being open about her own traumatic experience of being abducted, abused and left for dead in the pit of an outhouse toilet at the age of 3. Lori’s healing experience has led her, along with her treating doctor from her kidnapping, to co-found The National Foundation To End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN). Through her work at EndCAN, Lori continues the conversation with audiences big and small helping people to talk more openly about child abuse and neglect, moving it from its current view of being solely a social and legal issue to also being seen as a public health, mental health and physical health problem that needs attention, community, a voice, and significant change in order to end abuse and neglect. Lori’s mission in life is to be intentional, impactful, kind and loving to as many people as possible, spreading messages of hope and possibility and uniting communities to change together one audience at a time. 

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      • Foster Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • CASA - $25
      • Foster Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • County/CPA Worker - $25
      • Foster Parent (New Mexico) - $20
      • Former FP/Adoptive Parent/Not currently fostering - $20
      • Certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Foster Source Staff - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Teacher - $25
      • Speaker - Free!
      • New Mexico Misc. - $20
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This class will explore the rights of kinship and foster parents in light of new legislation that has changed the when and how of advocating for children in care as well as updated expectations on caregivers.

    As foster and kinship caregivers, there are a lot of legal questions that arise. Everyone involved in a child welfare case has legal representation appointed, except for the caregiver. Oftentimes, navigating the legal side of a case is confusing, challenging, and downright overwhelming. This class will explore the rights of kinship and foster parents in light of new legislation that has changed the when and how of advocating for children in care as well as updated expectations on caregivers.

    This session will cover:

    1) How cases end

    2) Timeframes for cases ending

    3) APR vs TPR

    4) Adoption

    5) Adoption related issues (subsidies, PACA)

    6) RGAP

    7) Contested placement issues

    Hours earned: 2.0

    Feedback from this class: 

    "Tim is incredibly knowledgeable (obviously), but has a great skill to be able to clearly explain these really complex issues. I wish this training was included when certifying foster parents!"

    "Tim is so great, very knowledgeable, very candid about how the laws work and how they don't.  He did a great job of presenting in a logical order, and answering questions as they came up."

    "Tim Eirich is the best. He quite literally "wrote the book" for some of these things, and he should be leveraged as often as he can for training purposes."


    Timothy Eirich (Moderator)

    Attorney

    Grob & Eirich, LLC

    Timothy J. Eirich is an honors graduate of the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. At Loyola, Tim was as a Philip H. Corboy Fellow (member of the National Trial Team), a Curt N. Rodin Fellow in advocacy, and a Civitas Childlaw Fellow. Tim was also an associate editor for the Children's Legal Rights Journal. Tim received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University where he majored in English and was a captain of the NCAA Division 1 Crew Team. Tim focuses his practice on adoption, child welfare, and guardianship cases. Tim represents prospective adoptive parents, foster parents, relatives, birth parents, and juveniles charged with delinquent acts. Tim is an experienced litigator who has tried over twenty-five jury trials, litigated dozens of contested hearings, and has argued in the front of both the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Tim litigated the ground-breaking case, both at the trial level and before the Colorado Supreme Court, that addressed the rights of foster parents and other caregivers in dependency and neglect cases. Tim has also received a number of awards recognizing his work. In 2012, Tim received the Excellence in Practice Award for a Juvenile Law Attorney at the Colorado Summit for Childen Youth and Families. In 2014, the Colorado State Foster Parent Association honored Tim with the Champion Award for work and efforts on behalf of Colorado’s foster parents. Also, in 2014, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute awarded Tim the prestigious Angels in Adoption Award for his work in adoption and positive child welfare practices. Tim has handled dozens of private, public, and contested adoptions and has been recognized as a Fellow with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Tim has lectured frequently on the rights of foster parents and the child welfare system and is a regular presenter for the Colorado State Foster Parent Association. In addition to training foster parents and relative caregivers, Tim teaches trial skills to fellow attorneys as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). Prior to joining the Grob & Eirich, LLC, Tim was the Deputy Director of the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center where he litigated some of the center's highest profile cases; represented foster parents, prospective adoptive parents, relative caregivers and juveniles; and supervised a multi-disciplinary staff of attorneys and social workers who served as guardians ad litem for abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court. Prior to his time with the Children's Law Center, Tim was a trial attorney with the Office of the Colorado Public Defender where he represented adults and juveniles charged with felony offenses.

    • Register
      • Foster Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • CASA - $25
      • Foster Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • County/CPA Worker - $25
      • Foster Parent (New Mexico) - Free!
      • Former FP/Adoptive Parent/Not currently fostering - $20
      • Certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Foster Source Staff - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $20
      • Teacher - $25
      • Speaker - Free!
      • New Mexico Misc. - Free!
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/30/2023

    This class will explore the rights of kinship and foster parents in light of new legislation that has changed the when and how of advocating for children in care as well as updated expectations on caregivers.

    As foster and kinship caregivers, there are a lot of legal questions that arise. Everyone involved in a child welfare case has legal representation appointed, except for the caregiver. Oftentimes, navigating the legal side of a case is confusing, challenging, and downright overwhelming. This class will explore the rights of kinship and foster parents in light of new legislation that has changed the when and how of advocating for children in care as well as updated expectations on caregivers.

    Tim Eirich is one of the most sought after family lawyers in the state of Colorado. He is known for representing foster and kinship parents in a D&N case. Tim will help us make sense of all these questions and will explore other legal topics such as: 

    • Law changes after the 2023 legislative session
    • Self-representation vs. hiring an attorney
    • The right to be heard
    • Parenting time
    • New intervention rules

    Hours earned: 2.0


    Timothy Eirich (Moderator)

    Attorney

    Grob & Eirich, LLC

    Timothy J. Eirich is an honors graduate of the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. At Loyola, Tim was as a Philip H. Corboy Fellow (member of the National Trial Team), a Curt N. Rodin Fellow in advocacy, and a Civitas Childlaw Fellow. Tim was also an associate editor for the Children's Legal Rights Journal. Tim received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University where he majored in English and was a captain of the NCAA Division 1 Crew Team. Tim focuses his practice on adoption, child welfare, and guardianship cases. Tim represents prospective adoptive parents, foster parents, relatives, birth parents, and juveniles charged with delinquent acts. Tim is an experienced litigator who has tried over twenty-five jury trials, litigated dozens of contested hearings, and has argued in the front of both the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Tim litigated the ground-breaking case, both at the trial level and before the Colorado Supreme Court, that addressed the rights of foster parents and other caregivers in dependency and neglect cases. Tim has also received a number of awards recognizing his work. In 2012, Tim received the Excellence in Practice Award for a Juvenile Law Attorney at the Colorado Summit for Childen Youth and Families. In 2014, the Colorado State Foster Parent Association honored Tim with the Champion Award for work and efforts on behalf of Colorado’s foster parents. Also, in 2014, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute awarded Tim the prestigious Angels in Adoption Award for his work in adoption and positive child welfare practices. Tim has handled dozens of private, public, and contested adoptions and has been recognized as a Fellow with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Tim has lectured frequently on the rights of foster parents and the child welfare system and is a regular presenter for the Colorado State Foster Parent Association. In addition to training foster parents and relative caregivers, Tim teaches trial skills to fellow attorneys as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). Prior to joining the Grob & Eirich, LLC, Tim was the Deputy Director of the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center where he litigated some of the center's highest profile cases; represented foster parents, prospective adoptive parents, relative caregivers and juveniles; and supervised a multi-disciplinary staff of attorneys and social workers who served as guardians ad litem for abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court. Prior to his time with the Children's Law Center, Tim was a trial attorney with the Office of the Colorado Public Defender where he represented adults and juveniles charged with felony offenses.

    Alejandro Arrieta (Moderator)

    Interpreter

    Community Language Cooperative

    • Register
      • Foster Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • CASA - $25
      • Foster Parent (Outside Colorado) - $10
      • County/CPA Worker - $25
      • Foster Parent (New Mexico) - Free!
      • Former FP/Adoptive Parent/Not currently fostering - $10
      • Certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $10
      • Foster Source Staff - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $10
      • Teacher - $25
      • Speaker - Free!
      • New Mexico Misc. - Free!
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Navigating benefits is a tricky thing. It's even more challenging when you become a kinship provider. Join us to learn about our new partnership with Benefits In Action and learn about the ways they can help you find food, health, and financial benefits that you may qualify for!

    Navigating benefits is a tricky thing. It's even more challenging when you become a kinship provider. Join us to learn about our new partnership with Benefits In Action and learn about the ways they can help you find food, health, and financial benefits that you may qualify for!

    Benefits in Action is a nonprofit organization located in Lakewood, Colorado that serves individuals throughout the state. They strive to increase understanding, access, and utilization of healthcare resources. Their team of navigators works with individuals to help them recognize the health-related benefits they qualify for, apply to those benefits, and utilize them as effectively as possible. They are passionate about the importance of increasing healthcare benefit literacy among the public. Accordingly, they organize and hold educational sessions in public facilities aimed to increase individual understanding and self-efficacy in navigating the healthcare system.

    Training Hours: 1

    What People Are Saying:

    "I always feel so fortified after these trainings! I have renewed empathy for the kids in my home and I am armed w/ more tools to care for my kids as well.”

    “Classes like these are helpful. They help me to better understand myself and how to better understand and help my children.”

    “Yes! It was so refreshing and enlightening to see the children’s trauma behaviors in a new way and get strategies to help the kids and ourselves.”

    Rachel Wise (Moderator)

    Outreach & Marketing Coordinator

    Benefits in Action

    Rachel Wise is the Outreach and Marketing Coordinator with Benefits in Action, a nonprofit organization serving Coloradans across the state through benefits navigation, application assistance, food delivery, mental wellness supports and more!  Rachel is passionate about working within her community to share valuable resources and appreciates the impact of community-based organizations on the lives of families and individuals.

     

    • Register
      • Foster Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • CASA - $25
      • Foster Parent (Outside Colorado) - $10
      • County/CPA Worker - $25
      • Foster Parent (New Mexico) - Free!
      • Former FP/Adoptive Parent/Not currently fostering - $10
      • Certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $10
      • Foster Source Staff - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Colorado) - Free!
      • Non-certified Kin Parent (Outside Colorado) - $10
      • Teacher - $25
      • Speaker - Free!
      • New Mexico Misc. - Free!
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  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ¡Hablemos de dinero! Criar a los hijos cuesta dinero y, a menudo, las familias de parentesco no están preparadas para el impacto financiero. Better Pockets Financial desea ayudar a las familias con la planificación financiera a corto y largo plazo. Esta clase explorará algunos fundamentos sobre el presupuesto para los cuidadores familiares. (¡Los padres adoptivos también son bienvenidos!)

    ¡Hablemos de dinero! Criar a los hijos cuesta dinero y, a menudo, las familias de parentesco no están preparadas para el impacto financiero. Better Pockets Financial desea ayudar a las familias con la planificación financiera a corto y largo plazo. Esta clase explorará algunos fundamentos sobre el presupuesto para los cuidadores familiares. (¡Los padres adoptivos también son bienvenidos!)

    Horas de entrenamiento: 1

    Lo Que La Gente Está Diciendo:

    "Aprendí herramientas útiles para gestionar mi presupuesto".

    "Disfruté la clase. Siento que este es un tema que a menudo se omite en los entrenamientos”.

    “Buenas instrucciones y herramientas posteriores a la clase”.

    Clint Edgar (Moderator)

    Financial Advisor and Co-Founder

    Better Pockets Financial

    I was drawn to becoming a Financial Advisor by recognizing the unmet needs that individuals, families, and businesses have in making informed decisions with their funds to achieve their version of financial wellness. As a result, I started Better Pockets Financial – alongside Josh – to continue making a positive impact on others.  

    The thread of commonality that links all my professional roles is my personal mission to make a positive impact on others, so they can subsequently foster their own positive impact on others, creating a community-level movement towards positive change! As such, I value building strength-based relationships, having candid conversations, comprehensive planning, and working cooperatively in a trustworthy manner. 
     
    I am a native of Colorado and have lived along the front range and mountain regions. I received a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Colorado State University (CSU) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Regis University. Additionally, I have obtained certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). 
     
    When not working, I enjoy spending time with my amazing wife, Carla, our cockapoo dog, and extended family. My interests – which I am always happy to discuss – include restoring/driving classic automobiles, attending cars-n-coffee events, travelling domestically and globally, listening to a diverse selection of music, and experiencing other cultures. And, the mountains call to me regularly, so I look for opportunities to go fishing, hiking, camping, or exploring. 
     
    Outside of work, I volunteer with local non-profit organizations to give back to our community.

    Josh Newell (Moderator)

    Financial Advisor & Co-Founder

    Better Pockets Financial

    I stumbled into financial services right out of college after accepting an internship with an annuity and insurance provider. My goal was to gain experience while looking for another job but turns out the experience was so good that I stayed for over 4 years. While supporting financial advisors, I helped solve some of the financial challenges their clients face. But ultimately, it wasn’t the right role for me, so I moved to England to earn an MBA from Manchester Business School (for any “football” fans – GGMU!) Life brought me back to Colorado and eventually to a position working with local and state governments, focusing on improving retirement plan offerings and outcomes for their employees. Again, I gained more great experience in roles that just weren’t for me. 


    During this time and for a plethora of reasons, I accepted that the corporate world might not be for me. With both companies, I was able to help solve problems and offer solutions that really helped my clients. But I also was exposed to some of the gaps in our current system, where far too many people are being left behind. I really hate that part the most – so many people just don’t have access to the help they need. That led to Clint and I launching Better Pockets Financial. We want to have an impact by helping you have an impact – through relieving financial stress, allowing you to live the life you want.  

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