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Incorporating and elevating those with lived experience into your support services for adoptive, foster, and kinship families
During this webinar for child welfare professionals, presenters will discuss how to incorporate those with lived experience into your support programs for resource families. Attendees will learn strategies to help prepare their agencies to support those with lived experience, including foster and adoptive parents, kinship caregivers, youth and adults with foster care experience, and adoptees. Presenters will also discuss key dynamics and considerations as you onboard staff, volunteers, or advisers with different lived experiences. A presenter with lived experience will share his insights on how to do this well, and common pitfalls to avoid.

Dig deeper! After the webinar, attend a peer meeting on this same topic to share what’s working well for your programming and get help with challenges. Register for the peer meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ucOyqqzMuE9AHckjw9i-wcNh_xBvCUF2u

Why should I attend this webinar and peer meeting?

More and more lately, the child welfare field is prioritizing hiring staff, volunteers, advisors, and leaders with lived experience in foster care, adoption, and kinship care. These experts bring inherent value as they contribute to the support services that are offered to prospective and current resource families.

However, those with lived experience are often expected to serve without adequate preparation or support for themselves. Without proactive support, those with lived experience are at increased risk of experiencing trauma triggers, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout as they lend their expertise to others. It’s critical that child welfare agencies be proactive in supporting those with lived experience so that they can show up authentically without getting hurt.

Nathan Ross, AdoptUSKids Family Support Team
Britt Cloudsdale, AdoptUSKids Family Support Team

Dec 1, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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