Day 2 in Orlando, FL
The second and final day of the National Adoption Conference proved to be just as exciting as the first! Secretary David Wilkins from the Florida Department of Children and Families kicked off the morning with a riveting discussion concerning the improvement of programs that directly help children and families. The audience also had the opportunity to interact with Secretary Wilkins as they brainstormed additional ideas for how Florida, as well as other states, can further improve the child welfare system and meet the needs of children in care.
Heidi Bruegel Cox from Gladney Center for Adoption spoke next as manager and clinicians alike joined together in a media rich plenary session that encouraged attendees to consider situations where ethical behavior transcends black and white rules. She polled the audience using a text-message-to-PowerPoint system which allowed for discrete answers and ultimately lessened the response bias.
Afterward, management and clinical interest split as some participants joined Mark Melson in a session pertaining to successful use of volunteers for fundraising, while others listened to Rebecca Vahle and Beth Woods spoke about the importance of supporting adoption placements in the hospital. With the conclusion of these sessions, attendees hustled over to indulge in a delicious meal as they listened to Megan Lindsey provide a legislative update and Lauren Koch discuss the re-launch of NCFA’s iChooseAdoption campaign.
|Rebecca Vahle during her session on adoption placements in the hospital|
Following the post-lunch lull, clinicians settled in for a two-part session with Ann Bagley who is an expert in Trust Based Relational Intervention© for children adopted or fostered from trauma-induced pasts. She provided therapeutic interventions that focused on helping a child securely attach to their parents. Meanwhile, management minded individuals received fantastic guidance from Jennifer Lanter on how to handle the media in stressful situations. Her high-energy dual-part session involving visual aids and examples allowed for great amounts of participant interaction.
At the end of the day, attendees gathered for a presentation headed by Melissa Blauvelt and Rhonda Jarema. Using a recent survey they created, Blauvelt and Jarema analyzed the results reported by adoption agencies and adoptive families, which included numerous statistics that described the effectiveness of resources and techniques used to prepare parents for an older child adoption. Although the professional conference came to a close, NCFA staff looks forward to welcoming individuals interested in opening their hearts and their homes to children in need during Prospective Adoptive Parents Day tomorrow. Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
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