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Village Well Annual Conference

Saturday, October 26 • 9-3:30

We’ll have fantastic speakers providing continuing education to support Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship families as well as those interested in fostering or adopting.

This full-day includes a free child’s program with fun and engaging activities like games, crafts, snacks, and a bounce house! Lunch is included for the whole family. Caregivers receive six hours of training.

Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Styffe, RN, PHN, MN is an author and international speaker who combines her background in pediatric nursing, loss, grief, and trauma with a passion to help parents effectively parent their children from hard places. 

Key Note Topic:  “Setting your kids up for success.”


Only have a couple of hours to serve? We have a spot for you!

Session One Options • 10am-12pm

Parenting 101: How and When to Discipline

Deena Robertson, L.C.S.W.

This course will give the participant an overview of discipline techniques and rationales to incorporate when dealing with children in out-of-home care. Areas that will be discussed are developmentally appropriate behaviors and how to manage responses and interactions, how to reduce power struggles, identify the arousal curve, and teach responsible behavior to children.

Prudent Parenting

Robert Waddington, M.S.W.

Reasonable Prudent Parenting Standards (RPPS), SB-358 “supports the empowerment of a caregiver to exercise common sense and good judgment to access circumstances and events in which a foster child may participate.” This training will cover the specifics of the RPPS and how you should apply it to your foster parenting.

How to be an advocate in your child’s mental health treatment

Elizabeth Styffe, RN, PHN, MN

Session Two Options • 1-3pm

Lies, Lies, Lies: Strategies to Promote Honest Kids

David Adams, Psy.D., L.P.C.C., B.C.B.A.D.

Lying is one of the most common problems that caretakers and foster parents complain about with their foster children. This class will help you understand why foster children tend to struggle with telling the truth. Participants will learn practical strategies on how to help their foster child tell the truth along with attachment-based, behavioral strategies in response to those frustrating lies.

Working with the Education System

Renae Dupuis, M. Div.

This class focuses on the educational issues of the child and the family within the education system and the school environment. Topics will include: IEP’s, Section 504’s, how to initiate assessments for behavior/learning problems, maintaining comprehensive files, meeting with school administrators, psychologists, and teachers, and the parent’s/guardian’s rights in these meetings. Also, the development of parent/teacher programs to enhance learning will be discussed.

What you need to know about your child’s brain and how it can help in the day to day

Elizabeth Styffe, RN, PHN, MN