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Village Well Annual Conference

Saturday, October 20 • 8-3:30

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

Free full day of fun and engaging activities for your children including games, crafts, snacks, and a bounce house!

FREE Lunch for the whole family!


If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Andre Abrantes.

Session One Options • 10am-12pm

“If Only” How to grieve with your child

Elizabeth Styffe, RN, PHN, MN

Details coming…

Eating Disorders

Rick Bazant, Psy. D.

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder are serious and complex illnesses that affect a child’s emotional and physical health. Participants will learn to recognize risk factors and symptoms of eating disorders. Caregivers will learn how to implement appropriate intervention strategies as part of the child’s treatment team.

To Raise as Well as Protect

Renae Dupuis, M. Div.

Initiate conversations with your child by using everyday opportunities to create an open environment for discussion. Learn 10 tips for
talking with kids about tough issues. Parents need to be honest, patient, and giving of undivided attention. You can set reasonable expectations by instilling a sense of values and moral principles.

Session Two Options • 1-3pm

Help your child sleep through the night, stop bed wetting, end tantrums and eat well

Elizabeth Styffe, RN, PHN, MN

Details coming…

Bullying, Cyberbullying, Sexting and Other Threats

Sharon Landis, M.S.W.

Parents will learn how they can assist their child with the challenges of the day by learning about technology, such as cyberbullying and sexting. Do you know how pop culture sexualizes young children and do you understand the social cruelty among children? Come
learn how to diffuse aggressive behavior, learn to communicate about tough issues, and how to instill the sense of values and moral
principles you want.

Advocating for Your Child: Collaboration Between Systems

Geeta Karir, L.C.S.W.

Participants will understand the concept of “safety” in the child welfare system; understand the concept of “permanence” in the
child welfare system; understand the concept of “well-being” in the child welfare system; know the legal mandates of the child
welfare system; understand requirements of the Adoption and Safe Families Act; know how the role of child welfare agencies has
changed over time; understand the general rationale and process for decisions making within the child welfare system; understand
the potential effects on them of becoming involved in the child.