Workshop & Events2018-04-19T10:26:49+00:00
April 6-7 Keynote Speaker at Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine, Inc, Portland, Maine
April 9 The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, East Hartford, CT
April 17 Keynote Speaker at 30th Annual Child Welfare Workshop, Hagerstown, MD
April 20 Workshop on Teamwork. Self-Care. Self Reflection. Snow Hill, MD
April 26-29 CWLA National Conference Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
May 2-4 Keynote Speaker at NASW Conference: Social Media & Youth, Charleston WV
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April 6th-7th, 2018
Keynote Speaker at Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine, Inc, Portland, Maine

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. & The Kinship Program, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, would like to welcome you to Portland, Maine and the 21st Annual Spring Conference! We hope you enjoy your time with us. AFFM is proud to take part in many child welfare collaborative groups, community partnerships, and national programs in order to provide resource families with the support they deserve. AFFM is honored to provide resource families with a wide variety of support and services. Sign up here!

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine Inc
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April 9th, 2018
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, East Hartford, CT

This workshop will examine the impact social media, music, and advertising have on today’s society. Overexposure to certain media outlets can influence how people develop their value system and how they make decisions on moral issues and peer relationships. We know this to be particularly true with individuals who have experienced trauma and significant losses. By examining music, videos, and advertisement campaigns, we identify the negative impact of imagery and subliminal messages, and discuss ways to help individuals identify why they make the choices they make online. We will explore how to increase media literacy by educating and empowering individuals to use critical thinking skills and to see the direct and unintended consequences associated with technology. The importance of legislative advocacy will also be discussed.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, East Hartford, CT
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April 17th, 2018
30th Annual Child Welfare Workshop:
Secondary Trauma & Child Welfare, Hagerstown, MD

Keynote speaker: Marcus Stallworth

In 1988 a group of agencies, dedicated to the well being of children in our community, formulated the first Child Abuse Conference to provide an educational experience for individuals who work with our children in our community. The Child Abuse Conference was renamed the Child Welfare Workshop several years later. This year’s Child Welfare Workshop marks 30 years of dedication to the field of child welfare and of the community’s efforts to enhance the lives of children and those in their charge.

Secondary Trauma and Child Welfare
Marcus Stallworth, LMSW, is the training & development specialist for the Child Welfare League of America where he provides training, consulting services & curriculum development. He has over 17 years of experience in child welfare including 13 yrs. with Child Protective Services and 8 yrs. with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families as a PRIDE development specialist. He is recognized by the state of Connecticut as an expert witness regarding severe abuse/neglect cases. Marcus is an adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Child Welfare Workshop
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April 20th, 2018
Teamwork. Self-Care. Self Reflection.
Worcester County Department of Social Services, Snow Hill, MD

Teamwork. Self-Care. Self Reflection.

April 26th-29th, 2018
CWLA 2018 National Conference
Advancing Excellence In Practice And Policy:
Building Resilience In Changing Times
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Workshops:

B2 – Social Media and Technology Challenges: Risk Factors When Serving Youth in Diverse Settings
Public agencies serve youth in a variety of programs, such as family preservation, family foster care, kinship care, group homes, and residential treatment. Wherever young people live, they have access to the internet with all the benefits and risks it entails. CWLA’s National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare establishes standards concerning technology, internet, and social media risks for children and youth. This workshop builds upon the National Blueprint standards by challenging participants to identify strategies to address the risks and provide safety and well-being for youth.
Presenter(s): Marcus Stallworth, CWLA, Naugatuck, CT

D5 – Applying A Code of Ethics as an Advocacy Strategy to Strengthen Family Foster Care Services
When parents cannot keep children safe and kinship care isn’t an option, child protective services “outsources” care of these children to foster parents. Loss and trauma histories of these children require special parenting skills, but foster parents also need system supports. The National Foster Parent Association supports foster parents in achieving safety, well-being and permanency for children in their care. Using a Code of Ethics for Foster Parents is an advocacy strategy that can strengthen family foster care. This workshop demonstrates this strategy is commensurate with CWLA’s National Blueprint for Excellence and can be replicated nationwide.
Presenter(s): Irene Clements, National Foster Parent Association, Pflugerville, TX; Peggy Kirby, Louisiana Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, Monroe, LA; Eshele Williams, CWLA, Altadena, CA; Eileen Mayers Pasztor, School of Social Work California State University, Long Beach, CA; and Marcus Stallworth, CWLA, Naugatuck, CT

E4 – Embracing a Model of Practice to Develop and Support Foster and Adoptive or Resource Parents as Team Members in Child Protection and Trauma-Informed Care of Children
The ongoing challenge to recruit and retain foster or resource parents is being more successfully addressed by agencies that recognize the benefit of having a model of practice to provide the consistent use of best practices by all staff who engage with these essential team members. While recruitment, preservice training, mutual family assessment (home studies) and approval or licensing are critical steps, much stronger efforts must be made to support these families once they bring children who have experienced loss and trauma into their families. Two primary goals of the workshop are to ensure that all work in support of resource families is true to agency mission and that the skills developed by prospective resource families are reinforced and enhanced through these families’ tenure with their respective agencies. A particular focus will be on disruption prevention and ensuring that birth children of resource parents also are supported in the fostering and adopting process.
Presenter(s): Theresa Broome and Michael McHugh, Children and Families First, Wilmington, DE; Linda D. Brooks and Alfred R. Steward Jr., Virginia Beach Department of Human Services, Virginia Beach, VA; Marcus Stallworth, CWLA, Naugatuck, CT; and Eileen Mayers Pasztor, School of Social Work California State University, Long Beach, CA

Technology and Teen Suicide
Advancements in technology and social media have brought the world closer in many ways. For some, their online presence is directly related to social status and peer acceptance. When faced with rejection, many users are turning to injurious behavior often resulting in suicide. This training will explore ways to identify and reduce risks associated with social media and suicide, particularly for children in child welfare. The intended audience for this training includes administrators, supervisors, direct service workers, and caregivers of children and youth in care.
Trainer(s): Marcus Stallworth, LMSW, CWLA Training and Development Specialist, Naugatuck, CT

CWLA 2018
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May 2nd-4th, 2018
2018 Spring CE Conference for Social Workers
Charleston, WV Civic Center

Thursday Keynote & Awards Ceremony, May 3, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Welcome2Reality: Social Media & Youth

Marcus Stallworth, MSW, LMSW Social media has the ability to influence how young people make decisions about moral issues, peer relationships, and value systems. Marcus Stallworth, LMSW is committed to increasing media literacy in youth by educating and empowering individuals to use critical thinking skills to see these mediums for what they truly are. Using Social Work’s knowledge of human behavior and the need for attachment, he helps guide individuals toward achieving a healthy balance between fantasy and reality. Welcome2Reality, LLC has examined the impact social media, music, and advertising on today’s youth and has coined the phrase “Mentoring through Media.” Mr. Stallworth is Director of Learning and Organizational Development for the Connecticut-based nonprofit Welcome 2 Reality, LLC, which provides psycho-educational information to kids ages 12 and up and for parents and adults. He has provided training, curriculum development, and consultation services to many organizations, including the Child Welfare League of America, and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport where he teaches a variety of courses including “Technology and the Human Services Professional.”

NASW 2018
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Past Events

Past EventsMarch 24, 2018
Connecticut Alliance of Forster & Adoptive Families – Avenue of Dreams, East Hartford, CT
At the avenue of Dreams event we provide foster and adopted teen mend and ladies (13019) with free prom attire: tuxedos, vests ties, suits, dresses, shoes, makeup and accessories in addition to motivational workshops and more! We encourage caregivers and mentors to share this special moment with their youth. For more information visit here

2018 PRIDE Event
Virginia Beach

March 2017, CWLA
Highlighting successful strategies ot address the needs of children, youth, and families Washington, DC

August 2017
A Pathway to Permanency

June 2017
NFPA Big & Brigth Conference

May 2017
CEN Hartford, Connecticut

August 2016
CWLA National Conference: What works for families affected by Substance Abuse