We will be in Bellingham on Feb. 13th for another great mini-conference. Coordinated Care will be there to explain the new Apple Health for Foster Care Program. We will have Michelle Price Training on Attachment and Loss from a First Nation's Perspective. Julie Gelo will be the training on Sensory Integration Disorders. Mary McGauhey will train on Letters of Understanding, which received high marks at our Bremerton Mini. We are working to get Ed troyer to come to train on Social Media Warnings. Ed also received high praise in Bremerton.
The Bremerton Mini at the Kitsap Conference Center on the Bremerton Harborside was a huge success, because over 100 folks attended great trainings while 75 of their kids were at the YMCA having a wonderful time!
For those that are not aware, many foster parents have been receiving over-payment notices that they didn't neccesarily owe, dating back to 6 years ago, and some for thousands of dollars. This has caused a huge stir in the foster care world. Shala Crow of Fostering Together brought this to the latest 1624 meeting as an issue. A few weeks later Beth and I met with Jennifer to follow up and Jennifer has taken action. Here is a note from Jenenifer Strus.
I just want to share the letter Mark Fullington, Executive Director of Community & Family Service Foundation wrote to their foster parents in support of our Foster Parents Association of Washington State.
You have heard of the small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans that did battle with the whole invading Persian army. FPAWS needs our own 300 Friends at the $100 level so that we can keep moving forward. I hope that over the next couple months you will get on the list of 300. Please share as those that don't foster can also be Friends of FPAWS. Click on this story to find the link to Friend FPAWS
The FPAWS Board is comprised of current or former foster, adoptive, kinship parents and kids. It is a Board that cares about the lives of these parents and the kids that find their way into their homes. Our focus is on training and being there when families have trouble with the system. We certainly don't have all the answers, but we work hard to find the needed solutions.