PAFCAF Kinship Care Summits 2018

The Palmetto Association for Children and Families Annual Kinship Care Summits are offered throughout South Carolina for child welfare staff who work directly with kinship caregivers or those providing supports to children in kinship care placements. These trainings seek to enhance the skill of practitioners to positively impact and interact with kinship caregivers and ensure safety, well-being, and permanency for children in their care. This year’s summits will focus on the impact of federal legislation (Family First Prevention Services Act) changes to kinship care supports, awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences and helping children and families overcome the effects of traumatic experiences. These workshops will also highlight community supports and resources for kinship families. PAFCAF members, DSS staff, social workers, guardians ad litem and those who interact with kinship care families on a daily basis would benefit from attending these summits. Lunch and five continuing education units (CEUs) will be provided for all attendees.

Go To:

Join us as at any of our three offered locations:

Columbia - Monday, September 10th
Columbia Conference Center
169 Laurelhurst Ave.

Greenville - Wednesday, September 12th
Crowne Plaza Hotel
851 Congaree Rd.

Charleston - Thursday, September 13th
Trident Technical College (The College Center)
7000 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston

To view a map of the venues and nearby hotels, click here.

We’d like to thank Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and the Department of Social Services for their collaboration efforts that made these events possible.

             

 


Locations

Columbia - Monday, September 10th

This year’s Columbia Kinship Care Summit will be from 9:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m on Monday, September 10th. It will be hosted at the Columbia Conference Center located at 169 Laurelhurst Ave. Parking is complimentary for all attendees and can be found adjacent to the conference center.  For printable driving directions, click here.

If you would like to book a room at a nearby hotel, the following options are only a short drive away from the conference center:

*Registration has now closed. 

 

Event Schedule -

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Registration

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Overview and Q&A by Children’s Defense Fund

Stefanie Sprow, Deputy Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health at the Children's Defense Fund

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Families First Prevention Services Act - South Carolina Department of Social Services Overview

Taron Davis, Deputy State Director, SC Department of Social Services Child Welfare Services Division

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Presentation by Children’s Trust

Nina Spinelli, Juvenile Arbitration Program Director, Solicitor’s Office - Second Judicial Circuit and Bryan Hoover, Trainer, South Carolina Foster Parent Association

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Unsung Hero Award Presentation

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Panel and Q&A with Kinship Care Navigators

Dr. Kimberly Janha, Legislative Coordinator, Richland County Government; Benita Jones, SC Department of Social Services, Kinship Care Program Representative; Pat Brown, Kinship Caregiver; Dwight Williamson, Kinship Caregiver

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Evaluation and Concluding Remarks

 

 


Greenville - Wednesday, September 12th

This year’s Greenville Kinship Care Summit will be from 9:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m on Wednesday, September 12th. It will be hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 851 Congaree Rd. Parking is complimentary for all attendees and can be found adjacent to the hotel.

If you would like to book a room at the Crowne Plaza, click here.

*Registration has now closed. 

 

Event Schedule - 

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Registration

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Overview and Q&A by Children’s Defense Fund

Stefanie Sprow, Deputy Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health at the Children's Defense Fund

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Families First Prevention Services Act - South Carolina Department of Social Services Overview

Gwynne Goodlett, Director of Child Health and Well-Being, SC Department of Social Services Child Welfare Services Division

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Presentation by Children’s Trust

Nina Spinelli, Juvenile Arbitration Program Director, Solicitor’s Office - Second Judicial Circuit and Phil Clark, Association Director at Greenville Family Partnership

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Unsung Hero Award Presentation

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Panel and Q&A with Kinship Care Navigators

Dr. Kimberly Janha, Legislative Coordinator, Richland County Government; Benita Jones, SC Department of Social Services, Kinship Care Program Representative; Dan Bracken, Board Member, Fostering Great Ideas; Sara Wallace, Kinship Caregiver

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Evaluation and Concluding Remarks

 

 


Charleston - Thursday, September 13th

This year’s Charleston Kinship Care Summit will be from 9:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m on Thursday, September 13th. It will be hosted at Trident Technical College (at The College Center) located at 7000 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston. Parking is complimentary for all attendees on the campus.

If you would like to book a room at a nearby hotel, the following options are only a short drive away from the college:

*Registration has now closed. 

 

Event Schedule -

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Registration

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Overview and Q&A by Children’s Defense Fund

Stefanie Sprow, Deputy Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health at the Children's Defense Fund

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Families First Prevention Services Act - South Carolina Department of Social Services Overview

Faith Lee, Director of Performance Management and Accountability, SC Department of Social Services Child Welfare Services Division

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Presentation by Children’s Trust

Pat Patrick, South Carolina Families First Director and Chris Rollison, Strengthening Families Program Coordinator, Children’s Trust of South Carolina

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Unsung Hero Award Presentation

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Panel and Q&A with Kinship Care Navigators

Dr. Kimberly Janha, Legislative Coordinator, Richland County Government; Benita Jones, SC Department of Social Services, Kinship Care Program Representative; Nyre Taylor, Resource Coordinator, HALOS; Reggie Monroe, Kinship Caregiver; Rossana Davis, Kinship Caregiver

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Evaluation and Concluding Remarks

 

 


Resource Tables

Columbia

Greenville

Charleston


Kinship Care Summit Resources


Speakers

Meet Stefanie Sprow!

Stefanie Sprow, Deputy Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health at the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), will be presenting at each of the three summits on the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)!

Her work at CDF is directed at improving outcomes for children and youth who are in or on the edges of the child welfare system by promoting public policies, practices, and programs to help keep children safe and in permanent nurturing families and communities.

Stefanie has worked to enact and implement several federal laws to improve outcomes for children, including the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014, and Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.

She frequently presents at conferences and webinars on a range of topics relevant to child welfare, provides technical assistance to states on how to improve policy and practices that better support kinship families, and co-leads the Child Welfare and Mental Health Coalition.

In addition to working on CDF's child welfare agenda, Ms. Sprow also works on broader data research and analysis and helps in the production of several CDF publications. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

 


Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the 2018 Kinship Care Summits, feel free to contact us at communications@pafcaf.org.