#20220413-1 – WEBINAR: The Talk: Addressing Common Concerns and FAQs in Foster Care and Adoption
Spring Summit for Professionals – Week 2, Session 1:
The Talk: Addressing Common Concerns and FAQs in Foster Care and Adoption
(April 2022) Navigating foster care and adoption can be complicated, exhausting, and isolating. Especially when there are so many people involved and you don’t know where to turn. In this webinar, three different viewpoints will come together in a conversation about adoption and fostering; a social worker, therapist and foster parent. Together as a group they will discuss the challenges and joys involved in being a foster, adoptive, and kinship provider. The three will answer hard questions that have been posed in trainings and also share their particular perspective on topics ranging from challenging behaviors to the exhaustion of secondary traumatic stress to the grief and loss no one really talks about. Join us for a unique opportunity to sit at the table with players actively involved in the foster care and adoption world. Come prepared with questions you have always wanted to ask.
Lucius Luther, MA in Human Development, is an adoptive parent and NACAC Parent Support Specialist. He has extensive experience as a county social worker, guardian ad litem, and community member. Lucius trains foster and adoptive parents, provides peer support, and has completed the Permanency & Adoption Competency Certification through the University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. In addition, Lucius has partnered with Phyllis Wheatley Community Center to create curriculum and facilitate groups for Youth Diversion and Parenting Education.
Amber Morrighan, MA, LMFT, has been working with children who have been adopted or are in the foster care setting, their families and caregivers for 20 years in a variety of settings including residential care (as both a direct care worker and therapist), outpatient therapy, boot camp, and as a clinical supervisor. She is passionate about helping others heal from traumas and learn to develop healthy attachments to others in their lives. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), rostered in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and certified in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavior Therapy. As a Clinical supervisor at both a non-profit agency and privately she is deeply committed to training and teaching other therapists and professionals to assist children and their caregivers in healing the impacts of trauma at any age. Amber brings the use of humor to presentations and invites others to be able to be light-hearted with difficult subjects.
(1 hours, 25 minutes)