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#20211201 – WEBINAR: Supporting Children in Care Through the Holidays

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(December 2021)  The holidays can be a particularly difficult time of year for children currently or previously involved with the child welfare system, as this time of year may include complex emotions and behaviors for these children. This webinar will focus on giving caregivers and professionals specific tips and tools that can be used to help children successfully navigate the holiday season.

Amy Bailey is a child welfare program director for Arbor Circle. She is a licensed master’s level social worker who also works as a private practice clinician in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Amy has received the John P Steketee Child Welfare Advocate of the Year award as well as the Michigan Supreme Court and Foster Care Review Board “Michigan’s Foster Care Casework of the Year” award. She also has the extreme privilege of being a foster parent. With over 20 years of experience working within child welfare and with diverse family types, Amy believes that families hold within themselves the power to heal and overcome obstacles in their lives. She sees the role of child welfare staff as not being there to “fix” families, but rather to walk alongside children and families to ensure their stories are told and respected throughout the process and to empower families to use their own experiences to learn, grow, and heal.

(1 hour, 2 minutes)

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