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  • Navigating the Special Education System - On Demand

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/30/2020

    Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to learn how to advocate for your children!

    Come and learn tips from Special Education Advocate Roxanne Bradley. This is your chance to learn from an expert how to advocate for your children! This class will address the laws behind and the steps involved in getting your child on an ALP, 504, or IEP.  

    Roxanne holds a B.A. in Math, a Certificate in Secondary Education, and an M.S. in Engineering. Roxanne and her husband, David, adopted two wonderful children who, after much collaboration and hard work, have both graduated high school and now live independently. To get services for their daughter, Roxanne and David had to take the school district to court. Their case went all the way to the Supreme Court which upheld the 10th district's ruling in favor of their daughter. They are the only parents who have won in the 10th district in 28 years.

    This is free event.  2 training hours will be earned. Original Recording: March 21, 2020


    Roxanne Bradley (Moderator)

    Special Education Advocate

    Roxanne is the President and Founder of Learning Differences World. Her passion is supporting families as you work together to ensure that the school is meeting the needs of your child. As a former teacher, engineer, and corporate manager -- and mother of two foster-adopted children-- Roxanne brings her unique experience to bear on every situation.

    As a Special Education Advocate, Roxanne brings her unique background to bear on every situation. As a parent of two children with Learning Differences, Roxanne has been advocating for children since 1999: first with her own children, then for friends. Since 2014, Roxanne has been consistently helping parents get the supports their child needs.

  • Parenting Children with Attachment Struggles - On Demand

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/04/2020

    During the COVID-19 quarantine, children with attachment struggles have escalated needs and triggers. This class provides an overview of childhood attachment as a theory and clinical concept, but doesn’t stop there!

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    This class provides an overview of childhood attachment as a theory and clinical concept, but doesn’t stop there! It also provides a brief introduction to the relevant neuroscience behind the varying attachment experiences. We will delve into exploration of how our own attachment styles can impact our adult life as individuals, and then into parenthood. There will be at length conversation regarding parenting children with attachment needs through the lens of attachment as a spectrum. During the COVID-19 quarantine, children with attachment struggles have escalated needs and triggers. Potential activities to complete with children will be provided in addition to a collaborative discussion and Question and Answer portion. 

    2 Training Hours will be earned.

    Original Recording: April 4, 2020

    Cassandra Williams

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Cassandra Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing outpatient therapy and clinical supervision in Northern and Eastern Colorado. She completed both her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work at Colorado State University, following her Associates of Arts at Front Range Community College. Prior to entering the field of complex developmental trauma and attachment disruption, she provided services at varying levels as a Victim's Advocate, School Social Worker,  and a provider for adult offenders. She has extensive experience with family systems, including foster and adoptive. She has and continues to receive expert consultation in treating complex developmental trauma, attachment, childhood sexual abuse and parenting supports (including parents of abused children). She turned her attention to attachment work approximately 3 years ago when she realized that attachment truly is what grounds us to ourselves and the world around us on an emotional level, and that she could be an agent for repair in families.

  • Self-Care and Trauma-informed Yoga - On Demand

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/11/2020

    Join Karen Wolf, LCSW in a workshop designed to help you get back in touch with the roots of taking care of yourself and others. The last 45 minutes of this training will be a trauma-informed yoga session led by Foster Source team member Hannah Gross.

    Making a list of your favorite “self-care” strategies sounds amazing. Until you realize that real life doesn’t really leave much time for yoga classes, spa treatments, or vacations. Real self-care starts with the ability to make meaning from your foster care experience and connect with that meaning when tough times set in.

    Join Karen Wolf, LCSW in a workshop designed to help you get back in touch with the roots of taking care of yourself and others.

    The last 45 minutes of this training will be a trauma-informed yoga session led by Foster Source team member Hannah Gross. 

    This is free event. 2 training hours will be earned.


    Karen Wolf (Moderator)

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Karen Wolf is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; born and raised in the Denver metro area. Karen has extensive experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma and has a strong passion for the foster care community. Providing support and education about trauma-informed care, child development, and self-care are essential to making the foster parent experience work in the long term and Karen is dedicated to providing that education and advocating for better pathways to ensuring all foster parents have access to the information they need to foster longer!

    Hannah Gross (Moderator)

    Hannah is a Senior at Luther College in Iowa pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work and Nordic Studies. She is completing her practicum at Foster Source. Before her start at FS, she had never been to Denver, let alone Colorado before, so she was excited to try something out of her comfort zone! She doesn’t have plans for after graduation in May of 2020 yet, but she would like to end up in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area one day.

  • Human Services Panel On-Demand

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/25/2020

    This your opportunity to hear from some of the key people in Adams County Human Services.

    This is your opportunity to hear from some of the key people in Adams County Human Services. Who is responsible for each aspect of a child welfare case? This training is the result of requests from you - the foster parents! Thank you to our friends at Adams County Human Services for participating in this panel. 

    This panel includes:

    • Michelle Champagne, Foster Parent Recruiter
    • Kristin Vollmar, Intake Worker
    • Maria Avila, Certification Worker 
    • Kathy Ramirez, Ongoing Supervisor
    • Rishell Hessing, Adoption Worker
    • Angela Wilson, Supervisor - Foster Care Program
    • Ellen Sandoval, Client Services Manager

    This is a free training and 2 hours of training will be earned. 

    Please input the verification code into the event on your dashboard as soon as you hear/see it. We will not be emailing out the verification code if you miss it.

    Original record date: April 25, 2020

    Kathy Ramirez, MSW (Moderator)

    Ongoing Child Protection Supervisor

    I joined Adams County Department of Human Services after completing my MSW at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  I joined the county as an Ongoing Caseworker III in July, 2007.  Prior to my position with ACHSD I was afforded great opportunities in my field internships; during my BSW at Colorado State University I was a Deputy Probation Officer for Larimer County.  I interned with an In-Home Sex Abuse Caseworker in Clark County, Nevada, completed an internship with the ICWA caseworker for the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe and conducted supervised parenting time for high risk domestic violence offenders with Donna’s House Central in Clark County, Nevada.

    During the 8 years I worked as an Ongoing Caseworker I found my preference was in working with parents, primarily on Expedited Permanency Planning (EPP) cases.  I found that I also enjoyed the challenge in cases that focused heavily on clinical/mental health issues for parents and I find this true in my current role of supervising/training Ongoing Caseworkers.  I briefly spent time with the county as a Family Team Meeting facilitator (which was very rewarding and provided me a very comprehensive perspective of the work we do within the agency) but my love of Ongoing Casework brought me to my current role as an Ongoing Supervisor, where I’ve been for the past 5 years.  Working in the field of child protection has been a rewarding career choice for me and one of the greatest blessings of this work is spending my time sharing, learning and collaborating with some of the best professionals in the state of Colorado.

    Maria Avila, LCSW (Moderator)

    Foster Care Certification, Client Services

    Maria Avila is a caseworker in Foster Care and Kinship Certification and Support at Adams County Human Services Department (ACHSD). She has 20 years of experience working with families that provide care for children in out-of-home placements. Maria has a BA in psycology, a BS in international marketing and a MSW. Maria is also a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of Colorado. Maria is a married mother of two children. Maria and her husband were foster parents with Boulder County for two years, and they were foster parents for their daughter whom they adopted in 2006. Maria volunteered as a team treasurer for the Broomfield Soccer Club for 4 years and she currently is volunteering as the team manager for the Broomfield High School boys’ varsity program.

    Angela Wilson (Moderator)

    Supervisor, Foster Care Program Adams County

    Angela Wilson supervises the Adams County Foster Care Program.  She leads a team of six certification caseworkers, a case aide, trainer, and foster care recruiter.  Over the last five years, Angela and her team grew the number of certified foster families in Adams County over 40%.  Angela takes pride in her team’s strong work ethic, dependability, responsibility, willingness to learn and integrity.   These values inform her vision for child welfare practice, as well as coaching foster families.  Angela is also a Trainer for the Colorado Child Welfare System, specifically facilitating The Nuts and Bolts of Foster Care Certification throughout Colorado. 

     

    Outside of Adams County, Angela is a wife and mom to three daughters-8 year old twins Quinn and Elliott and 10 year old Anderson.  Angela and her family are active members of their church, Highlands Church North Denver, and volunteer together at Casa de Paz.  She enjoys baking, and can always be found in the kitchen during the holidays baking sweet treats with her girls.  While not a nature buff, Angela does join her family once a year for a Colorado staycation camping trip—actual bathrooms required. 

    Kristin Vollmar (Moderator)

    Intake Rep

    Kristin Vollmar has over 18 years of experience in child welfare. She has been with Adams County for the past 10 years.  Currently a supervisor for the CFS training team which assists new staff with learning the ins and outs of child welfare as well as the growth and development of experienced staff. Kristin supervised an intake team which included the institutional caseworker for over 6 years.  During her spare time Kristin and her wife enjoy watching their two children play soccer and traveling.

    Michelle Champagne (Moderator)

    Foster Parent Recruitment Specialist

    Michelle Champagne is the Foster Parent Recruitment Specialist. She came to Adams County in 2014 after working over a decade for the San Diego County Health and Human Service Agency, Child Protective Services.  She began her career with Adams County working in the intake section on the Sex Abuse Specialty Unit. In 2016 she began working as the Foster Parent Recruitment Specialist where she has been able to use her skills she acquired from earning her Bachelor Degree in Social Work,  with a minor in Public Communication.  Since taking the position of foster parent recruiter, she and the foster care team has seen a significant increase in the number of Adams County foster families.  Michelle has a great deal of energy and is excited about recruiting foster families. She takes pride in the growth of the program, as well as the creative methods used to recruit and retain families, and working with community partners

     Outside of Adams County, Michelle has a life partner, with whom she loves to go on travel adventures with in their RV, as well as to exotic places around the world. She loves snorkeling and spending time on warm beaches. Michelle loves being an aunt to her amazing 18-year-old niece Caroline and mother to two spoiled dogs, Lilly and Daisy. She enjoys a variety crafts and making photos books of the trips she takes.


     

    Rishell Hessing (Moderator)

    Child Specific Adoption Recruiter and Post Adoption Support Liaison

    Rishell Hessing has a dual role at Adams County. She is the child specific adoption recruiter and post adoption support liaison. Rishell has 25 years of experience working with families primarily with a focus on adoption. Rishell is passionate about adoption and believes it is the ultimate expression of unconditional love. She has several family members who are adopted. Rishell’s grandmother was her first exposure to adoption with an open adoption story and reconnection with biological family. Rishell has a BA in Sociology from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She is a newlywed with a blended and modern family. Rishell and her husband have 5 children ages 19 to 25 years and 1 grandson. Rishell’s mother in law also shares her home along with 2 furry friends. Rishell’s hobbies include traveling, cooking, gardening, reading and walking dogs.

     

    Ellen M. Sandoval (Moderator)

    Client Services Manager

    Ellen is the current Client Services Manager for ACHSD and has been in this role for the past 5 years.  She began her career at ACHSD as an ongoing caseworker in 2000 and has also worked as a Therapeutic Foster Care Worker, on the Internal Treatment Team and as an Ongoing Supervisor.  Ellen is the proud adoptive mom of 3 children (now 23, 25 and 26 years old) who she adopted through the child welfare system in a neighboring county.  Ellen’s children were 5, 7 & 8 years old when they came to live with her through a kinship connection and the adoption occurred about 18 months later.  She also has a beautiful 7 year old granddaughter.  Ellen began her child welfare career in Southern California after earning her masters degree in social work.  She worked at a residential treatment facility for 4 years and for a Foster Family Agency for 3 years prior to moving to Colorado.  Ellen is passionate about prevention work, placement stability, finding quality therapeutic services and self-care.  Her favorite ways to unwind are: playing volleyball, going for walks and hanging out with her children and granddaughter. 

  • Secondary Trauma - On Demand

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/02/2020

    The Compassionate Care course will discuss the concepts of compassion fatigue/caregiver burnout, means of recovery and methods of prevention when possible.

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    Care-giving is exhausting. Care-giving for those that have experienced trauma, even more so. The Compassionate Care course will discuss the concepts of compassion fatigue/caregiver burnout, means of recovery and methods of prevention when possible. Most importantly, this course will provide a foundation for recognizing caregiver burnout in yourself and effect strategies for self care, as well as how to find the time to implement them. Not only is this class applicable for caregivers, but also those in any form of helping profession (social work, healthcare, education etc.).

    This is a free training. Two training hours will be earned. 

    Original Recording Date: May 2, 2020 

    Cassandra Williams

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Cassandra Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing outpatient therapy and clinical supervision in Northern and Eastern Colorado. She completed both her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work at Colorado State University, following her Associates of Arts at Front Range Community College. Prior to entering the field of complex developmental trauma and attachment disruption, she provided services at varying levels as a Victim's Advocate, School Social Worker,  and a provider for adult offenders. She has extensive experience with family systems, including foster and adoptive. She has and continues to receive expert consultation in treating complex developmental trauma, attachment, childhood sexual abuse and parenting supports (including parents of abused children). She turned her attention to attachment work approximately 3 years ago when she realized that attachment truly is what grounds us to ourselves and the world around us on an emotional level, and that she could be an agent for repair in families.

  • The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): Why Indian Children Are So Special- On Demand

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/09/2020

    ​Learn the history and the reason behind the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978.

    Learn the history and the reason behind the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978. The spirit and the letter of the law, is the "gold standard" of child welfare practice, through using "active efforts" to keep children in their homes; and if that is not possible, placing with family/kin placements within in a culturally affirming environment.

    Attendees will also learn to approach child welfare with cultural humility to get the most for children and families.

    This is an on-demand event. 2 training hours will be earned.

    Originally recorded on May 9, 2020.

    Please input the verification code into the event on your dashboard as soon as you hear it during the training. We will not be emailing the verification code out to those who miss it.