CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPENS

12:30 PM // Exhibition Hall

FOSTER THE CITY // PLENARY SESSION

1:00-2:30 PM // Room 207

BREAKOUT SESSIONS // ROUND ONE

2:45-3:30 PM // Various Locations // Choose from a session below

Foster Care 101BREAKOUT ROUND ONE

Speakers: Margie Chalofsky, Amy Graham
  • Track: Fostering & Adopting
  • Room: 209A
  • Description: Whether you just want to learn more or are ready to sign up today, come learn more about foster care. Hear both about why children enter foster care and what they experience, and the process and requirements for being a foster parent. You’ll also hear about how others can and will support you as a foster parent. There will also be a time for you to ask your questions and learn what next steps you should take.
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Everyone can do somethingBREAKOUT ROUND ONE

Speakers: Laurie Chenoweth, Sunita Naik, Andy Groth
  • Track: Support
  • Room: 209B
  • Description: It’s been said a hundred times: Everyone can do something. And we believe that. Learn how you can be involved and support children and families in the foster system even if you can’t commit to something long-term, and hear from two foster parents and their experience in receiving and needing support. You’ll get next step information about volunteer opportunities and how to support a foster family through things like babysitting and providing meals.
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The Big PictureBREAKOUT ROUND ONE

Speakers: Megan Lindsey, Aaron Graham
  • Track: Advocacy & Mobilization
  • Room: 209C
  • Description: It takes a village to raise a child, and we believe it will take a city to see all 1,300 children in the D.C. foster care supported. Come learn more about how to mobilize your church or community around the issue and what sort of advocacy takes place around foster care and adoption. How does the church and larger communities fit in to caring for kids? How can your church or community be more foster/adoptive friendly? If you’re a big picture person- this is for you.
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Their Voices: Foster and Adoptive Parent PanelBREAKOUT ROUND ONE

Speakers: Wilhelmina Frederick, Katie Ford, John Geyer
  • Tracks: ALL
  • Room: 207 (Main Room)
  • Description: There are a lot of misconceptions from foster care and adoption. Come hear stories from four foster and adoptive parents from all sorts of walks of life. Hear more about what happens after a child is placed, when they grow up, or how it feels to say good-bye when a child leaves your home. They will share their stories and you will have a chance to ask your questions.
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BREAKOUT SESSIONS // ROUND TWO

3:45-4:30 PM // Various Locations // Choose from a session below

Their Voices: Former & Current Foster Youth PanelBREAKOUT ROUND TWO

Speakers: Dayar Brown, Sarah Lucas
  • Tracks: ALL
  • Room: 207 (Main Room)
  • Description: Hear from former and current foster youth about their experiences in the foster care system. What were things that helped or didn’t help them? Who were specific people and what did they do that supported them along the way? They will share their stories and you’ll have a chance to ask questions.
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Mentoring: Changing a LifeBREAKOUT ROUND TWO

Speakers: Susan Punnett, Nicole Harrison
  • Track: Mentoring
  • Room: 209B
  • Description: Want to ensure the success of a child in foster care but can’t foster or adopt? There are several different ways for you to get involved. Come learn about various D.C. mentoring and housing programs and how you can support the children and families involved in foster care.
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Fostering ReunificationBREAKOUT ROUND TWO

Speakers: Nadezda Henderson
  • Track: Fostering & Adopting
  • Room: 209C
  • Description: It’s always best when a child can return home, and it’s critical to for all involved in foster care to help that happen. Learn more about DC’s efforts to reunite families, how foster and birth families interact, and how the community and foster families can help build bridges for reunification.
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Creating Permanent FamiliesBREAKOUT ROUND TWO

Speakers: Courtney Moyer
  • Tracks: Fostering & Adopting
  • Room: 209A
  • Description: Every child deserves a stable, permanent home, and adoption can provide that. Learn more about how to welcome a child into your family through foster care adoption. You’ll hear about the process, supports available, and how you can take this next step.
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OPEN HOUSE // EXHIBITION BOOTHS

4:30-5:00 PM // Exhibition Hall