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					Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare                                                                PRSRT STD
Office of Children, Youth and Families                                                                  U.S. POSTAGE
P.O. Box 2675                                                                                                PAID
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675                                                                              HARRISBURG PA
For more information about                                                                             PERMIT NO. 533
the conference, contact:

Beth Duzey
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
& Family Design Resources
888-793-2512 (toll free)
717-558-1227
or visit our Web site:
www.diakon-swan.org




                 REGISTRATION MATERIALS ENCLOSED
                             June 23-25, 2010
    Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center • Lancaster, Pennsylvania


                    18th Annual Pennsylvania
                     Permanency Conference
                                    “Fostering Connections”
             Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare • Office of Children, Youth and Families
                                                Edward G. Rendell, Governor
                                      Harriet Dichter, acting Secretary of Public Welfare
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                                             Conference at-a-Glance
                                                         WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23
Matching Brunch
                          9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                                                   3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
                     Matching Brunch / Exhibit Area Opens                                         Workshop Session 1
                                 12:00 p.m.                                                      4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
                        Conference Registration Begins                                        Break / Networking Time
                                   1:00 p.m.                                                  4:45 – 6:00 p.m.
                            Child / Teen Care Begins                                  Pre-Banquet Reception for Honorees
                           1:30 – 3:00 p.m.                                                       6:00 p.m.
           Conference Opening / Welcome and Keynote Address /                      Recognition Banquet / Exhibit Area Closes
                         SWAN Advisory Award                                                             8:30 p.m.
                                                                                                   Child / Teen Care Ends
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                                                          THURSDAY, JUNE 24
                                  8:00 a.m.                                                        2:00 – 5:15 p.m.
                  Conference Registration / Exhibit Area Opens                                     Institute Session 2
                                   8:30 a.m.                 John Cassidy                                  OR
                            Child / Teen Care Begins                                              2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
                           9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                                                 Workshop Session 4
                              Institute Session 1                                                 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
                                      OR                                                          Workshop Session 5
                              9:00 – 10:30 a.m.                                                    5:30 p.m.
                              Workshop Session 2                                   Exhibit Area Closes, Child / Teen Care Ends,
                          10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                                                      Family Picnic
                             Workshop Session 3
                              12:15 – 2:00 p.m.
                             Lunch (On Your Own)


                                                             FRIDAY, JUNE 25
                                  8:00 a.m.                                               10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
                  Conference Registration / Exhibit Area Opens                      Conference Closing and Keynote Address
                           Child / Teen Care Begins                                              12:00 p.m.
                              8:30 – 10:00 a.m.                                         Program Evaluation and Adjourn
                              Workshop Session 6                                                   12:30 p.m.
                             10:00 – 10:30 a.m.              Recognition Banquet   Exhibit Area Closes / Child / Teen Care Ends
                             Hotel Checkout Break
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                                                      General Information
Purpose                                                                                   independent living professionals, public and private agency professionals and the
The 18th Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference, Fostering Connections,                children on behalf of whom they work.
focuses on ways families and professionals from all aspects of the child welfare
system can support one another and work together to achieve permanent                     Session Descriptions
connections for all children and youth.                                                   Each session is described in this brochure. The targeted audience for the workshop
                                                                                          and its expected knowledge or skill level is listed below for each session.
The conference serves as a forum to train participants who will prepare children          Knowledge / Skill levels are:
and families for their journey through the child welfare system towards                   • Basic                     • Intermediate                                • Advanced
permanency. The conference is designed to educate and support current and                 Targeted Audiences are:
prospective foster and adoptive families, kinship care providers, permanent
legal custodians, attorneys, child welfare professionals and others with a vested         • Families                            • Child Welfare Workers
interest in permanency for children. The conference is a focal point for networking       • Advocates                           • Legal Professionals
and sharing information to increase the knowledge base for children and youth             • Permanency Professionals            • Independent Living Professionals
issues in special needs adoptions and permanency. Waiting families are welcome            Continuing Education Credits, Continuing Legal Education Credits and
to meet directly with agency workers who are looking for families for the children        Certificates of Training
they represent during our Matching Brunch. The “Matching Room,” has long been
a huge success and it focuses on children waiting for families and families who           Approval is pending for continuing education credits for social workers through the
are still waiting for children. Additional support resources are on display as well       University of Pittsburgh and continuing legal education credits through the Pennsyl-
throughout the Matching Room.                                                             vania Continuing Legal Education Board. Certificates of training will also be available.

Audience                                                                                  Help with Permanency
                                                                                          Do you have a permanency-related question or problem? Staff from the Office
This conference is designed for current and prospective foster and adoptive               of Children, Youth and Families, OCYF, will be available to assist you. For more
families as well as families providing other permanency options, such as kinship          information, refer to the conference program that will be in your registration
care or permanent legal custodianship, attorneys, mental health professionals,            packet at the conference.


                                                          Hotel Information
Accommodations                                                                            The deadline to receive the special room rate is May 22, 2010. After this
Hotel reservations must be made directly with the Lancaster Host Resort and               date, rooms will be on a space available basis and at the regular rate. Please
Conference Center by calling (800) 233-0121. Special rates have been arranged             reserve your accommodations early to avoid paying the higher rates.
for conference participants. Mention that you are attending the PERMANENCY
CONFERENCE to receive the flat rate of $114/night (plus applicable taxes) single          Accessibility
or double and $124/night (plus applicable taxes) triple or quadruple. Check in
time at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center is 3:00 p.m. Check out            Because we want each participant to have the most enjoyable and accessible
time is 11:00 a.m.                                                                        experience possible, please let us know what you need before you arrive by
                                                                                          completing the special needs section of the registration form.


                                                Registration Information
Conference Registration                                                                   Cancellation and Refund Policy
To register for the conference, please complete the registration form included            Cancellations received after May 28, 2010 will be assessed a $25 processing fee.
in this brochure or register online at www.diakon-swan.org. The last day for
Early Bird Registration is May 28, 2010. Any registrations post marked after              Any session may be cancelled or rescheduled because of unforeseen circum-
May 28, 2010 will receive the regular registration rate. Pre-registered attendees         stances. Schedule changes and cancellations will be posted at the registration
will receive a name badge, banquet and picnic tickets, a program and other ma-            area and noted in the conference program distributed at the conference.
terials at the registration area. Confirmation letters will be sent to those whose        Conference Questions
registrations are received by May 28, 2010.                                               If you have questions about registration, child care, accessibility, directions or
                                                                                          other logistical considerations, please contact:
Registration at the conference will be held in the lobby on:
                                                                                          Beth Duzey              Conference Coordinator, Diakon/FDR
Wednesday, June 23               12:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.                                   Phone:                  717-558-1227
Thursday, June 24                 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.                                   Toll Free:              888-793-2512
Friday, June 25                   8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                                   Fax:                    866-646-5789
                                                                                          E-mail:                 bduzey@diakon-swan.org
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                               Special Conference Features & Events
Recognition Banquet                                                                     Family Picnic
Guest mistress of ceremonies will be Valerie                                            On Thursday evening, June 24, starting at 5:30 p.m., a family picnic will feature
Pritchett, with abc27 News in Harrisburg. Valerie                                       food, games and fun for everyone. Use the registration form to confirm that
anchors abc27 News Live at Five and abc27 News                                          you are coming, and don’t forget to purchase extra tickets for guests, friends or
at 7:00 p.m. In addition to her anchoring duties,                                       children who are not registered for the conference or child care.
Valerie also reports.
                                                                                        Matching Room
A project close to Val’s heart is Val’s Kids. Val’s Kids                                Are you looking for a child to add to your family? At the Matching Brunch on
features children in foster care who through the                                        Wednesday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., caseworkers will talk about
Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network                                               their waiting children with families. Families can learn more about children in
are looking for permanent homes.                                                        Pennsylvania in need of permanency by visiting exhibit booths that highlight
                                                                                        children’s photos, posters and multi-media presentations.
Recognition awards will be given during the banquet on Wednesday, June 23, at
6:00 p.m. for:                                                                          The Matching Room also includes resource and vendor tables. All exhibits will be
                                                                                        on display during the entire conference. Please stop by and visit!
•   Permanency Professional                     • Permanency Advocate
•   Permanency Teamwork                         • County Collaborative
•   Independent Living Professional             • Philanthropy
•   Permanent Family


                                                           Keynote Presenters
                                             Mark Anthony Garrett                       Conference Opening
                                             Mark Anthony grew up in the                Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 1:30 p.m.
                                             tough inner city of Dayton,                You Are a Lifesaver - Making a Difference One Life at a Time
                                             Ohio as a foster child and was
                                             then later adopted. Throughout             This high energy emotionally charged message is designed to inspire, motivate
                                             his childhood he faced many                and rekindle the spirit of the many wonderful individuals that work and serve
                                             hardships such as poverty,                 within the child welfare industry. Because of their hard work, service and
                                             neglect, homelessness and abuse,           ultimate commitment to making the world a better place, children and families
                                             both physical and sexual. At 14,           lives are positively impacted. This emotionally charged presentation delivers a
                                             he lost his adoptive mother to             message to participants that they are more than just teachers, counselors, foster
cancer, dropped out of school, joined a gang and was in and out of juvenile jail.       parents, case workers and volunteers, they are LIFESAVERS! Mark Anthony Garrett
                                                                                        will lay a solid foundation designed to inspire individuals to reach for greatness,
With the help of family, teachers and mentors, Mark was able to turn his negative       understand the power of their purpose and develop a winners mentality as it
situation around for the better. His experiences inspired him to dedicate his           relates to serving others.
life to helping troubled youth and adults overcome the negative challenges
within their own lives and discover that they have greatness within themselves.         Workshop
                                                                                        Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
For over 17 years Mark has motivated audiences from all over the world through          Discover The Champion Within - How To Live Your Best Life Now
his electrifying speeches, training and transformational seminars.  Mark is
a leading expert within the child welfare industry on such topics as Staff              This power-packed inspiring message is designed to equip individuals with the
and Foster Parent Retention, Leadership, Providing Great Service to Others,             necessary skills to succeed in life and become winners. Participants will learn how
Overcoming Adversities, Youth Empowerment and Maximizing Human                          to successfully navigate through challenging situations that may arise within their
Potential.  He is best known for his premium professionalism, high-energy               personal and professional lives. This message will encourage those in attendance
programs, humor, enthusiasm and his ability to captivate audiences of all types.        to move beyond their limitations and take the risks needed to live their best life
                                                                                        now.  Furthermore, individuals will learn eight unique championship principles
Mark is the owner of three successful businesses, a former international radio          used by many of the most successful people in the world.
talk show host and author of three inspirational books. He has contributed and
published articles for various newspapers and publications around the country
and has delivered well over 2,500 paid speeches.  He is also a leading columnist
for Fostering Family Today magazine. Mark is one of the most requested speakers
within the child welfare industry.
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                                       (continued) Keynote Presenters
                                             Derek Clark                                   Workshop
                                             At 5 years old Derek Clark’s mother           Friday, June 25, 2010, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
                                             and stepfather turned him over to             Forgiveness Is A Powerful Tool To Teach Your Child
                                             the county social services and
                                             kept his brother and sister. Derek            It is a choice to be offended. Having a resentful attitude is self inflicted and is
                                             felt he had been deleted from his             a major cause of misery. The unforgiving person holds onto the past with
                                             family. Psychiatric reports stated            a vengeful heart. Having resentment destroys a person’s happiness. Hatred
                                             that at the age of 5 years old,               becomes a cancer of the spirit consuming love and joy. By holding grudges and
                                             Derek had extreme behavioral                  blaming others, this limits the amount of happiness a person can feel. The most
                                             problems and a fascination with               powerful person is the one that forgives and doesn’t allow their heart to become
violence, death and sex. Neurological reports stated that at 6 years old, he had           hardened. Forgiveness brings peace, happiness and enables the person to bring
the IQ of a 2½ year old and diagnosed him with Aretic Psychosis. Having also               happiness to others. Discover how letting go of your grudges can change your life
been misdiagnosed with mental retardation and having numerous emotional                    forever. Derek shares with the audience how forgiveness enriched his life.
and language difficulties, Derek has defied the artificial limitations imposed
upon him.                                                                                  Conference Closing
                                                                                           Friday, June 25, 2010, 10:30 a.m.
Today Derek Clark stands 6 foot, 5 inches and has a voice resonating with a                I Will Never Give Up
singular passion due to a life of coping with adversity and overcoming hardship.
His years have been colored by extremes of fear, humiliation, aggression,                  This Keynote is designed to implement positive change by presenting startling
emotional distress and overwhelming anxiety. The dire circumstances of his life            facts based on Derek’s personal experience from surviving severe child abuse
have never been obstacles to him succeeding at those endeavors which he has                and being diagnosed mentally handicapped through the first eight years of his
aspired to.                                                                                life. He has survived rejection. He has felt his mother’s “conditional love” as she
                                                                                           dropped him off at the county shelter but kept his brother and sister. Derek takes
Derek is the author of the critically acclaimed book series “I Will Never Give Up”,        you down his road of hate, anger, mistrust in adults, violent tendencies, rejection,
“I Will Never Give Up For The Teenager” and “I Will Never Give Up On God Again”.           lack of love, child abuse and the memories that haunted his life. He believes that
As an author, inspirational speaker and singer/songwriter, he now lives a life             by changing the way you look at a child or youth, you can significantly impact
of happiness and peace sharing his message of hope with youth and adults all               their life. Your actions will speak louder than your words.
over the nation. His maxim is to make no excuses and become what you want
to become. Read his books or attend one of his events, and not only will you be            Derek believes “You cannot think negative thoughts and expect to live a positive
inspired by the words he speaks, but the music he both writes and performs. It is          life.” He teaches you how to commit and build upon your strengths when
an event meant to embolden, enliven and invigorate.                                        encouraging youth to have hope. He also teaches you how to overcome negative
                                                                                           thinking towards a specific foster child or troubled youth. The leaders need to
Teen Workshop                                                                              know that they do make a difference if they put their heart into it.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Never Limit Your Life                                                                      Derek takes you on a journey through his life. He loves foster parents. He would
                                                                                           be nothing without them. His inspiring event is a collection of thoughts, case
Based on Derek’s personal experience, he presents startling facts about growing            histories, poems, journal entries and hard lessons that he has learned. He sings
up in foster care and how he had to overcome so many violent, emotional and                his songs of vulnerability and triumph as a way to connect with the audience’s
mental issues. He shares how he made it out alive as a troubled teenager and how           heart. He believes that the purest way to touch a person is not only speaking to
he triumphed in his adult life. Derek takes you down his road of lessons that he           them but also singing to their soul so that the heart empowers the mind.
has learned of hate, anger, mistrust in adults, violent tendencies, rejection, child
abuse and the memories that haunted his life. Derek has successfully thrived
because of his trial of pain. He has turned his disadvantages into advantages. He
now lives a life of happiness and teaches you how he learned to love, trust and
view his life in a positive and purposeful way.




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         Workshop Session 1 • Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

W-W1   All Kids Need Healthy Touch
       Level -Intermediate Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
       The Youth Service Bureau, YSB, clinical team presents the YSB “Healthy Touch” curriculum. Participants learn about the importance of appropriate touch in
       our work with children and families, types of touch, the use of touch in nurturing, how your relationship with clients is a change agent, mindfulness and
       considerations for using touch in practice, and finally documentation and supervision of touch. This training uses a combination of lecture, activity and
       discussion.
       Celesta Powell, Theresa Kieffer and Jami Owens, Centre County Youth Service Bureau

W-W2   Ideas for Local Cross - Sector Collaboration
       Level - Intermediate Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Child Welfare Workers
       This presentation shares how organizations have partnered on cross-sector projects for older youth for professional development, integrated case
       management systems, Web-based community assets databases, expansion of tutoring services, mentoring events and community services assessments.
       Kate Lomax, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation

W-W3   LGBTQ Youth in Care
       Level - Basic Audience - All
       This workshop provides an awareness opportunity for parents and service providers about the experiences of youth in the foster care system who identify
       themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning, LGBTQ. Videos of youth in the system are shared and discussed. Terminology and use
       of non-threatening language are presented. Additional resources for support and further study of the topic will be identified.
       Scot Hines and Yvette Lassiter, Diakon/Family Design Resources

W-W4   Mental Health Terminology (Common Terms, Symptoms and Diagnoses)
       Level - Basic Audience - All
       All children in the child welfare system have been traumatized and many have significant mental health needs. Understanding mental health terminology
       is essential for caregivers and caseworkers in order to coordinate treatment for these children and advocate for them.
       Pauline Ruthrauff, Harold C. Ruthrauff III and Nathan Sullivan, Family Care Services, Inc.

W-W5   Making it Work - Fostering Connections and McKinney-Vento: Ensuring School Stability and Improving Educational Outcomes for
       Children in Foster Care
       Level - Basic Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers, Legal Professionals
       This session focuses on understanding the legal requirements to effectively apply the McKinney-Vento Act and the Fostering Connections Act to ensure
       school stability for children in out-of-home care. Who determines the child’s best interest? What are the legal rights of a child to remain in their school of
       origin? Who pays for transportation and how? Find answers, learn about practical solutions and advocacy strategies.
       Maura McInerney, Education Law Center

W-W6   Discover The Champion Within - How To Live Your Best Life Now
       Level - Basic Audience - All
       This power-packed inspiring message is designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills to succeed in life and become winners. Participants learn
       how to successfully navigate through challenging situations that may arise within their personal and professional lives. This message encourages those in
       attendance to move beyond their limitations and take the risks needed to live their best life now.  Furthermore, individuals learn eight unique championship
       principles used by many of the most successful people in the world.
       Mark Anthony Garrett, Keynote Presenter

W-W7   From Roots To Hair Tips - Helping Families, Workers and African American Teens Care for Hair
       Level - Basic Audience - Families, Teens, Child Welfare Workers
       A professional hair stylist shows parents of African-American and biracial teens how to take care of their hair. Parents who have a child or children in the
       Teen Care Program are encouraged to take them out of care to attend this workshop.
       Paula Clements, Sanctuary House of Chambersburg, Inc. Adoption Agency, Michele Chilton, Queen Esther’s Cultural Education and Professional
       Development Center




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             Workshop Session 2 • Thursday, June 24, 2010 • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

TH-W1     Social Networking For Social Services
          Level - Basic Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
          Do you have any “Fans”? How many “Friends” do you have? Are you a “Tweeter” and who are you “Linked In” to? If these terms are foreign to you or you
          already use these tools personally, join us for our interactive workshop on how social networking might be useful in your organization.
          JoAnn White and Debbie Kelly, Jewish Family & Children’s Service

TH-W2 Parenting Again: Raising Your Grandchildren
      Level - Intermediate Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals
      A panel of three adoptive mothers and grandmothers tell their stories and explore the issues of role changes, boundary setting, life goal adaptation,
      and the joys and challenges of providing a stable home for another generation in their family.
      Moderator: Kathy Boyd, Chester County Department of Children, Youth & Families, Grandparents Panel: Dianne Heverly, Carol Gray and
      Debbie Willett

TH-W3 Living Under the Big Top
      Level - Basic Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals
      Sometimes providing permanency for a child feels like you have taken your home and family and joined the circus. This workshop addresses how to achieve
      walking the tightwire of balancing life, facing the fear of living with strange animals, jumping through the many hoops and other circus acts.
      Colleen Slebodnik, Laurel Youth Services

TH-W4 Improved Parent Representation Can Improve Outcomes for Families
      Level - Basic, Intermediate Audience - All
      The workshop provides a review of the standards of practice for parents’ attorneys, practice tips for attorneys, an overview of different representation
      models and a summary of evidence illustrating that quality representation leads to better outcomes for families.
      Mimi Laver and Elizabeth Thornton, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

TH-W5 Statewide Child Prep Swap Meet
      Level - All Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals
      Are you looking for new child preparation activities? Come and learn innovative ideas from workers across the state. Various child preparation activities
      are demonstrated. Participants are asked to send at least two child preparation activities to share to dott@diakon-swan.org.
      Dianne Ott, Diakon/Family Design Resources


             Workshop Session 3 • Thursday, June 24, 2010 • 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

TH-W6 Working Together to Keep Families Together
      Level - Intermediate Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
      Child welfare professionals, foster/kinship care providers, and resource families can benefit from learning how cross-systems collaborations can benefit all
      those involved in the care of children. How to forge a successful relationship, as well as barriers that can be involved will be highlighted.
      Jenn Brown, Family Services, Julie O’Connor, Carson Valley Children’s Aid, Nadine Miller, Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth

TH-W7 O’Brother Where Art Thou?
      Level - Basic Audience - Families
      This presentation addresses search and reunion topics for families, including how searches are completed, who might be searched for (birthparents/
      children, siblings, other significant past connections), the likelihood this will be an emotional journey with ripple effects for all involved, the timing
      of searches, understanding the start and stop process that often happens in search, and recognizing supports that should be in place for all parties
      throughout the process. Also included are personal experiences and time for addressing audience questions.
      Scot Hines and Judi Damiano, Diakon/Family Design Resources




                                                       Lunch is on your own.
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  (continued) Workshop Session 3 • Thursday, June 24, 2010 • 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

TH-W8 Coming Face2Face: Pennsylvania Waiting Teens and Prospective Adoptive Parents
      Level -Intermediate Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates
      This permanency option workshop provides information based on many years experience in hosting innovative match parties for waiting teens. It provides
      a detailed description of the challenges, successes and outcomes of working as a team with teens, social workers and families. Attendees are expected
      to learn the strengths of combining youth preparation with match party strategies to achieve the best practice principle that every child is entitled to a
      permanent family relationship.
      Sheina Martinez and Crystal Allen, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

TH-W9 Representing LGBTQ Youth in the Dependency System
      Level - Basic Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers, Legal Professionals
      This workshop focuses on permanency barriers and related dependency issues with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning, LGBTQ, youth. It
      addresses identifying and serving LGBTQ youth and explore the need for distinct services and advocacy.
      Rebecca Mainor, Support Center for Child Advocates

TH-W10 Let’s Have a Life Book Swap Meet!
       Level - All Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals
       Bring your life book pages in print or on CD-R to share with permanency professionals and families from across the state. Also, come learn about Wesley
       Spectrum Services’ exciting new online Life Book Swap blog.
       Matthew Steiner and Candace Shoenberger, Wesley Spectrum Services


                      Institute 1 • Thursday, June 24, 2010 • 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

TH-I1    ABC’s that Hinder Permanency
         Level - Intermediate Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
         Frequently, children in the foster and adoptive system experience interpersonal trauma that impedes healthy relational development. Learn about the five
         obstacles that must be overcome when building a strong family unit.
         Jeff Merkert, Philhaven, Faye Hall, Diakon Family Life Services

TH-I2    Talking to Teens About Money
         Level - Basic Audience - Families
         The teen years are the perfect time to build sound money management skills and develop personal financial literacy. Learn how to prepare youth for tasks
         such as managing budgets, banking, saving and wise credit use.
         Robert Thee, Penn State Cooperative Extension

TH-I3     Strength Based Sexuality Education
          Level - All Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
          Increase your understanding of the psychosexual development of children and adolescents in this interactive workshop. Learn ways to address the
          challenging issues that present during each stage of development.
          M. Cynthia Loftus-Vergari, Loftus-Vergari and Associates, Inc.

TH-I4     The Connection Driven Worker
          Level - All Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
          Connections can determine success or failure for those aging out of the system. Five worker roles presented in this workshop can be used by families and
          professionals to consider ways to create or to be a permanent connection for youth.
          Debra Thomas and Georgiann Unger, Diakon/Family Design Resources

TH-I5     Attachment and Trauma: The Language of Behavior
          Level - All Audience - All
          Caregiver-child interaction between the time period of birth and age three is critical to attachment and brain development. Healthy brain development,
          the ability to trust and regulate emotions, develop a conscience, experience empathy and to feel safe and secure are all built on a secure attachment
          relationship. Children with histories of early chronic maltreatment and neglect are at significant risk of developing developmental impairments, severe
          psychiatric problems and altered brain functioning.
          Carol Hughes, Janice Kienzle and Jennifer Austad, C.A. Hughes & Associates

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            (continued) Institute 1 • Thursday, June 24, 2010 • 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

TH-I6     Fostering Youth Connections: New Practices and Truths Discovered
          Level - Intermediate Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers, Legal Professionals
          This workshop focuses on the truths that were learned when successfully matching more than 64 youth with permanent adoptive and kin resources in
          the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network’s Older Child Matching Initiative. A panel of successful adoptive families, kin resources, waiting youth,
          child preparation and recruitment adoption professionals provide specific case examples of successful matches and their experiences with fostering youth
          connections, transitioning youth to kinship care and adoptive placements.
          Elisa Esh, Angie Gillen and Shannon Detwiler, Diakon Adoption and Foster Care, Bethany Leas, The Children’s Institute - Project STAR

TH-I7     Improving Outcomes for Children: The Father Factor
          Level - Basic Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers, Legal Professionals
          Engaging fathers; how does it impact the lives of the children we serve? Explore the reasons why father involvement can improve the well being of
          children. Presentation includes research, data collection and the steps to implementing a fatherhood program.
          Kim Majors, The Children’s Institute - Project STAR, Rebecca Graham, National Fatherhood Initiative

TH-I8     From Roots To Hair Tips - Helping Families, Workers and African American Children Care for Hair
          Level - Basic Audience -Families, Children, Child Welfare Workers
          A professional hair stylist shows parents of African-American and biracial children how to take care of their hair. Parents who have a child or children in the
          Child Care Program are encouraged to take them out of care to attend this workshop.
          Paula Clements, Sanctuary House of Chambersburg, Inc. Adoption Agency, Michele Chilton, Queen Esther’s Cultural Education and Professional
          Development Center


               Workshop Session 4 • Thursday, June 24, 2010 • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

TH-W11 The Family Table: Open Forum for Families
       Level - All Audience - Families
       This workshop is an open forum discussion designed for all resource families. The purpose of this forum is to provide families with general topics of
       discussion and give them the opportunity to gather and provide support and feedback to each other on issues important and timely to the group. The
       workshop is facilitated by permanency professionals who have also built their families through adoption.
       Pamela Wagner and Judi Damiano, Diakon/Family Design Resources

TH-WI2 Porch Light Project - Forever Family for Every Child
       Level - All Audience - All
       Come learn how you can be involved in an advocacy initiative to improve child welfare public policy in Pennsylvania. The Porch Light Project, an initiative
       of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, is seeking to safely reduce the number of children in foster care by promoting public policy reforms that will
       improve permanency outcomes for children.
       Todd Lloyd, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children

TH-WI3 Birth Family: Creating Connections from Placement to Permanency
       Level - Basic Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Child Welfare Workers
       For resource families, establishing positive relationships with their foster child’s birth family can be a challenging task. Recognizing that a positive
       connection between birth parents and resource parents is important, this session offers concrete ideas and personal stories highlighting successful ways
       to facilitate this important relationship.
       Sharon Kingsley and Sara Riddle, COBYS Family Services

TH-W14 Introduction to School Bullying as a Societal Problem
       Level - Basic Audience -All
       This workshop emphasizes the impacts of school bullying, specifically identifying roles and the impact on students who bully and are bullied, as well
       as bystanders who witness the victimization. Statistical information is offered and terms are defined. Components of effective prevention programs are
       discussed. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to provide basic information on school bullying, dispel common myths about all
       students who are impacted by bullying and identify components of effective intervention strategies.
       Trisha Gadson, Family Design Resources

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   (continued) Workshop Session 4 • Thursday, June 24, 2010 • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

TH-W15 Using Games to Facilitate Attachment and Emotional Growth
       Level - All Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Child Welfare Workers
       This workshop offers the underlying principles of selecting fun, engaging and effective activities and how to adapt readily available games to facilitate
       attachment. This session is particularly beneficial to resource families, therapists and Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network child preparation workers.
       Mary Tarbell, Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg/AdoptionLinks/Mynd Works

TH-W16 Managing Change for Improved Outcomes
       Level - Basic Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers, Legal Professionals
       Child welfare practices are changing at a rapid pace. Leadership is crucial to implementing new policies and practices that are designed to improve
       outcomes. This workshop explores change management to assist leaders in planning for, implementing and supporting change.
       Laura Borish, University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Training Program


              Workshop Session 5 • Thursday, June 24, 2010 • 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

TH-W17 What It Is, What It Isn’t
       Level - Basic Audience - Families
       This workshop is for families who want to learn about the units of service for Post-Permanency (case advocacy, respite and support group), how to access
       the services, the process to receive services and what the services can and cannot do for them.
       Scot Hines and Sue Zola, Diakon/Family Design Resources

TH-W18 Improving Post-Secondary Outcomes for Youth
       Level -All Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
       Youth who have been involved in the child welfare system face significant challenges when they are in substitute care and as they make the transition to
       adult lives. Education after high school can significantly increase their opportunities for success as adults. This session discusses the resources and supports
       that the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, PHEAA, offers high school students, their families and caregivers. Discussions include financial
       aid and scholarship opportunities for students who are enrolled in post-secondary education, including some programs specifically for current and former
       foster youth. Planning, partnership and support strategies and programs for youth and families are discussed by youth enrolled in college and staff from
       the statewide Independent Living Project.
       Stephen Eidson, University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Training Program

TH-W19 Self-Injurious Behavior: When Teens Hurt Themselves
       Level - Basic Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Child Welfare Workers
       Introductory training explaining self-injurious behaviors including definitions, methods, characteristics, patterns and common do’s and don’ts when work-
       ing with teens who self-harm. Suggestions of interventions to use with teens, who have a history of self-harming are shared.
       Dawn Warren and Melinda Seeley, NHS Human Services

TH-W20 The Impact of Grief and Loss in the Courts: Linking Children’s Emotional Experience of Placement to Legal Decision-Making
       Level - Basic, Intermediate Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Child Welfare Workers, Advocates, Legal Professionals
       When a child says he does not want to be adopted, what does that mean? When a parent misses scheduled visits, how should the agency and court respond?
       When previously uninvolved relatives request that a child be moved to their home, how should the court interpret their history of lack of involvement? Legal
       advocates and judges can make recommendations and decisions that better support children and families by understanding these issues and considering
       their impact. SWAN’s Child Preparation unit of service helps address these issues and can be a valuable tool in addressing grief and loss.
       Pamela Wagner and Eleanor Bush, Diakon/Family Design Resources

TH-W21 CASA Volunteers and Achieving Permanency - A Panel Presentation
       Level - All Audience - All
       Hear from a seven member panel made up of a judge, Children and Youth Services staff, CYS, Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, staff & volunteers,
       guardian ad litem, GAL, a parent and others on the difference CASA volunteers make in a child’s journey through the courts. Moderated by former WHP
       CBS21News Anchor Kirsten Page, audience questions are an essential element.
       Dennis Hockensmith, Pennsylvania CASA Association


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   (continued) Workshop Session 5 • Thursday, June 24, 2010 • 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

TH-W22 Working with Non-traditional Resource Families: Success in Diversity!
       Level - Intermediate Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
       Working with and successfully matching and placing non-traditional families with waiting children is both challenging and rewarding. Misconceptions and
       a lack of strengths-based views surrounding these families at times hinders the ability for diverse families to provide permanency to waiting children. This
       workshop focuses on supportive techniques, networking strategies and tools to work successfully with diverse families from point of inquiry to placement.
       A panel of non-traditional resource families, family recruiters and child specific recruiters working with youth who potentially will be placed in diverse
       families provide specific case examples of their experience with the permanency process.
       Elisa Esh, Jennifer Bircher and Nancy Howard, Diakon Adoption and Foster Care


                         Institute 2 • Thursday, June 24, 2010 • 2:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
TH-I9     Family Secrets: Working with Sibling Sexual Abuse
          Level - Basic, Intermediate Audience - All
          This session encompasses elements of sibling incest, addresses normal childhood sexual behaviors, the role of family dynamics, safety planning and reuni-
          fication. This session also provides information and insight on parenting the sexually abused child.
          Shannon Cossaboom, PinnacleHealth Children’s Resource Center

TH-I10     Engaging Parents and Youth at the System Level
           Level - Intermediate Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
          Engaging youth and parents receiving child welfare services is a best practice designed to help create better outcomes for child welfare agencies. Partici-
          pants learn how to prepare advisory boards and other agency and community leadership boards to effectively engage parents and youth in the governance
          and advisory process. An alumni child welfare youth and parent co-present this interactive session designed to help professionals learn how to make
          changes in their own agencies and systems.
          Justin Lee and Tonya Burgess, University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Training Program

TH-I11 The Other Voices of Foster Care
       Level -All Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
       This session addresses the challenges of biological children in fostering families, identifies issues of sibling rivalry, separation and loss and family dynamics. The
       presenters share strategies for mitigating challenges, including all family members in the work of fostering and provide training on conducting family councils.
       Regina Fike and Nicholas Fike, Regina Fike Training and Consulting Services

TH-I12 Living with Hurt/Scared Kids: Attachment, Trauma and Neurobiology
       Level - Intermediate Audience - All
       This institute presents an overview of the new understanding of attachment, trauma and neurobiology in the preparation and support of permanent
       resources for hurt and scared children and teens. The workshop presents the theoretical underpinnings and begin discussion of how the new information
       can be integrated into the work at each stage of the permanency process.
       Sherry Anderson, Three Rivers Adoption Council

TH-I13 Hot Topics in Termination of Parental Rights, TPR, and Appeals
       Level - Intermediate Audience - All
       Come and discuss current legal issues in Termination of Parental Rights, TRP, and appeals with a panel of experienced attorneys who handle TPR cases, from
       the child’s, parents’ and agency’s perspectives. Focus will not be on the Adoption Act. Focus is on hot topics, including recent changes in child welfare law
       and important recent court decisions. The workshop gives you a chance to discuss your current cases and tricky legal issues with colleagues, so bring all your
       legal questions and answers to this lively session.
       Lisa Colautti, Adoption Legal Services Project, and a panel of attorneys

TH-I14 Doing the Right Thing: Ethical Decision Making in Child Welfare Permanency
       Level -Intermediate, Advanced Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Child Welfare Workers, Legal Professionals
       This workshop provides a framework for decision consideration and addressing the gray areas of ethical dilemmas. Topics include reunification with “almost
       compliant” parents, good enough relatives, adoption versus guardianship with young children and cross cultural placement decisions. Attendees are
       encouraged to send their ethical questions and dilemmas to the presenters for use in the workshop. Send questions to rkuhr@jfsofhbg.org.
       Rachel Kuhr, Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg, Inc., Kim Deiter and Kathleen Swain, University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Training Program,
       Hope Rohde, Dauphin County Social Services for Children and Youth

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             Workshop Session 6 • Friday, June 25, 2010 • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

F-W1   Venango County Court of Common Pleas Family Preservation Project
       Level - Basic, Intermediate Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers, Legal
       Professionals
       This workshop profiles how Venango County has integrated the principles of Family Group Decision Making into Dependency Court through a process
       called Facilitation. This seminar profiles how Facilitation was implemented into the Venango County Dependency Court System and how Facilitation has
       changed the court proceedings from an adversarial process to one where the family is empowered through family engagement.
       William Cisek, Wilson, Thompson & Cisek, LLC, The Hon. Oliver Lobaugh, Venango County President Judge

F-W2   Building an Effective Team for the Child’s Sake
       Level - Basic, Intermediate Audience - Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Child Welfare Workers
       The benefits of engaging team members in order to make sound decisions for our children are immeasurable, but working as a cohesive team can
       sometimes be challenging. This workshop provides a framework and concrete strategies for building an effective team.
       Stephanie Wolfe, NHS Human Services

F-W3    Preparing the Entire Family for Permanency
       Level - Basic Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Child Welfare Workers
        Parents get hours of training, but children often get overlooked during the family preparation process. This session guides parents and professionals
        in preparing children for the challenges associated with the addition of a new foster or adoptive sibling into their family.
        Janae Sauder, COBYS Family Services

F-W4   Family Centers in PA - A Resource for Foster/Adoptive Families
       Level - Basic Audience - Families, Permanency Professionals, Independent Living Professionals, Advocates, Child Welfare Workers
       Foster and adoptive parents and their children can benefit from family center services. This workshop explains the services available, including parents as
       teachers and the Parent Information Resource Center; and the connection between family centers and safety, permanency and well-being.
       Holly Stockwell, Department of Public Welfare, Office of Children, Youth and Families, Becky Blue, Center for Schools and Communities

F-W5   Fatherhood Programs and Engaging Fathers in Permanency Planning
       Level - Intermediate Audience - All
       This workshop discusses the difficulties and importance of engaging fathers in permanency planning, and the role that fatherhood programs can play in
       this effort.
       Josh Botts, Family Service & Children’s Aid Society

F-W6   Helping Birth Parents Understand Concurrent Planning
       Level - Basic Audience - All
       Concurrent planning is an important method for achieving permanency for children in placement. This workshop provides participants with tools designed
       for direct practice with birth parents to assist in the achievement of timely permanency for their children.
       Laura Borish and Tonya Burgess, University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Training Program

F-W7   Forgiveness Is A Powerful Tool To Teach Your Child
       Level - Basic Audience - All
       It is a choice to be offended. Having a resentful attitude is self inflicted and is a major cause of misery. The unforgiving person holds onto the past with a
       vengeful heart. Having resentment destroys a person’s happiness. Hatred becomes a cancer of the spirit consuming love and joy. By holding grudges and
       blaming others, this limits the amount of happiness a person can feel. The most powerful person is the one that forgives and doesn’t allow their heart to
       become hardened. Forgiveness brings peace, happiness and enables the person to bring happiness to others. Discover how letting go of your grudges can
       change your life forever. Derek shares with the audience how forgiveness enriched his life.
       Derek Clark, Keynote Presenter




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                             Child/Teen Care Program Information
Child Care and Teen Registration                                                               registered. Teens must be no older than 17 at time of conference. The rate is $50
We are pleased to provide on-site child care, as well as activities for older children.        per youth for the entire conference.
Additional forms and payments are required if you are requesting child care. A                 Meals: Daily snacks, Wednesday dinner, Thursday breakfast, lunch and picnic
child/teen care form (included in this brochure) must be completed for EACH                    and Friday breakfast will be provided. Parents whose children are unable to
child and teen who is participating in the sponsored activities. Child/teen care               eat table food must provide food (i.e. formula, baby food, bottles, special diets,
is offered on a first come basis. The deadline for child/teen care registration                allergies, etc.).
is June 4, 2010. All child/teen care registrations received before May 28 will                 Activities: On-site activities will be provided for children and teens. Swimming
receive an informational confirmation packet. Permission forms from this packet                will be available for children ages 8 to 17. Participation in swimming and bowling
must be filled out and brought with you to the conference. Drop-in care is NOT                 requires written parental permission and appropriate clothing.
available. Children and teens must be pre-registered to receive care.
                                                                                               Medications: Parents are responsible for administering medications to children.
Child Care and Teen Activities                                                                 Child care staff will not administer medications.
Ages infant through 11: Child care will be available for the first 120 children                Drop-In Care: DROP-IN CARE IS NOT AVAILABLE. Children and teens must be pre-
registered. The rate is $50 per child for the entire conference.                               registered to receive care.
Ages 12 through 17: This supervised program will include a keynote session
and other special activities. The teen program is limited to the first 50 youths               No walk-ins will be accepted for either group. Children and teens are required
                                                                                               to attend all activities while their parents or caregivers are at the conference.
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                                  Child/Teen Care Registration Form
Please complete one form per child/teen. Photocopy the form for additional children/teens if necessary.
FEE: $50 per child or teen includes daily snacks, meals and activities for the duration of the conference.
Parents must provide food for children who are unable to eat table food (i.e. formula, baby food, bottles, special diets, allergies, etc.).
Child/teen care staff will NOT administer medications.
THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER CHILDREN/TEENS IS JUNE 4, 2010.
q Child care for children ages infant through 11 years OR q Teen program for children ages 12–17 years
Child’s Name________________________________________________Age_________ Date of Birth _________________________
              First       Middle Initial   Last
Parent/Guardian Attending Conference _____________________________________________________________________________
Daytime Phone______________________ Evening Phone_______________________ E-mail ________________________________
Cell Phone (in the event of an emergency) ___________________________________________________________________________
Dates care is needed: q Wednesday, June 23 q Thursday, June 24 q Friday, June 25
Please describe any accommodations your child will need to fully participate in child care activities:
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Please list any dietary restrictions your child may have:
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Please list anything that would be helpful for the child/teen care staff to know about your child (likes, dislikes, fears, allergies, medications, etc.):
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
For child/teen care registration to be complete:
q Complete form. One per child/teen. q To secure a space for your child, all registrations must be accompanied by payment.
q Attach payment. NOTE: Make check payable to: Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries. q Enclose form and payment with your completed conference registration form.

Confirmation information will be forwarded to you if the completed child/teen care registration form(s) and payment are received by May 28, 2010. You
will need to complete the forms in the information packet and bring them with you to the conference. Registrations received after May 28, 2010 will
receive the necessary forms at the conference. No child/teen care registrations will be accepted after June 4, 2010.
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                                         2010 Family Scholarship Application
                          The 18th Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference is a great opportunity to meet other families and learn from experts.
                          We offer a childcare/recreation program, a teen program, informative workshops, a fun-filled family picnic and much more. The
                          scholarship program includes conference registration, hotel accommodations and child/teen care.

                                                                Scholarship Information
Scholarships are available to current and prospective foster, adoptive and kinship families who reside in Pennsylvania. The scholarship includes the
conference registration fee, meals that are part of the conference, overnight accommodations and child/teen care. Scholarship recipients
are responsible for their own travel. Families requesting the scholarship must complete the application below and attach a brief explanation of why you
are requesting a scholarship.

All applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for submission of scholarship applications is April 16, 2010. A letter
confirming approval of the scholarship will be mailed by May 21, 2010. Upon confirmation of acceptance, please be sure to register for the conference.

Individuals and families who are employees of county or affiliate agencies, prime contract staff or those who work for the Pennsylvania Department of Public
Welfare are not eligible to apply.
                                    Families requesting the scholarship must complete the application.
                      Please attach a brief explanation. Applications will not be considered without the explanation.

Parent 1 ______________________________________________________________________________________
                   First Name                 Middle Initial                Last Name
Parent 2 ______________________________________________________________________________________
                   First Name                 Middle Initial                Last Name
____________________________________________________________________________________________
      Home Address                      City                    State           Zip Code
____________________________________________________________________________________________
      Daytime Phone Number                    Evening Phone Number              Email Address
____________________________________________________________________________________________
      Agency Affiliation  Agency Contact Person               Agency Contact Person’s Phone Number

Check boxes that apply
q Foster Family q Adoptive Family             q Kinship Family Registration: q One parent or q Parenting Couple

Hotel stay (evenings of June 23 & 24, 2010)          q June 23 & 24 q June 23 Only q June 24 Only

The Child Care Program is for ages infant to 11 years old. The Teen Program is for ages 12-17 years old.
* Only those children listed are eligible for the scholarship. *
  1. Child/Teen Name ________________________________________                                       Date of Birth _________________

  2. Child/Teen Name ________________________________________                                       Date of Birth _________________

  3. Child/Teen Name ________________________________________                                       Date of Birth _________________

  4. Child/Teen Name ________________________________________                                       Date of Birth _________________

  5. Child/Teen Name ________________________________________                                       Date of Birth _________________

  6. Child/Teen Name ________________________________________                                       Date of Birth _________________
                                Mail completed form and explanation of request to: Conferencing/Scholarship, Diakon/FDR,
                                      471 JPL Wick Drive, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111, or fax to 1-866-646-5789.
                                                       Application Deadline is April 16, 2010.
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                                    Conference Registration Form
To register for the conference, please complete this form or register online at www.diakon-swan.org. Please note the dates for Early Bird and Regular
Registrations. Pre-registered persons will receive a name badge, banquet and picnic tickets, a program and other materials at the registration area. Con-
firmation letters will be sent to those whose registrations are received by May 28, 2010. Any questions about completing the form please call Beth Duzey
at 1-888-793-2512.

**Please type or print clearly. Please complete one form per person.

q Mr. q Ms. q Mrs. q Dr. __________________________________________________________________________
                                      First Name               Middle Initial                Last Name               Nickname (for Name Badge)
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Address                                              City                                   State                         Zip Code
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Daytime Phone Number                                        Evening Phone Number                             Fax Number
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Email Address                                               Agency Affiliation

Please check all that apply: I am a q Child Welfare Worker q Advocate q Legal Professional q Family
                                    q Permanency Professional q Independent Living Professional q Other _____________________

Special Needs: We want each participant to have the most enjoyable and accessible experience possible. Please let us know your special need in advance.
Specify needs: ___________________________________________________________________________________
Specify dietary restrictions: ___________________________________________________________________________

Workshop Session Selection: To help us determine space requirements, please mark your preferred sessions in the appropriate spaces. Any session may
be cancelled or rescheduled because of unforeseen circumstances. Schedule changes or cancellations will be posted at the registration area and noted in
the final conference program that will be distributed at the conference.

Wednesday, June 23 (Choose one)
Workshop 1 • 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
q W-W1 q W-W2 q W-W3 q W-W4 q W-W5 q W-W6 q W-W7

Thursday, June 24 Morning (Choose two workshops - one from Workshop 2 and one from Workshop 3 or one Institute)
Workshop 2 • 9:00 -10:30 a.m.                         AND                               Workshop 3 • 10:45 -12:15 p.m.
q TH-W1 q TH-W2 q TH-W3 q TH-W4 q TH-W5                                                 q TH-W6 q TH-W7 q TH-W8 q TH-W9 q TH-W10
OR
Institute 1 • 9:00 -12:15 p.m.
q TH-I1 q TH-I2 q TH-I3 q TH-I4 q TH-I5 q TH-I6 q TH-I7 q TH-I8

Thursday, June 24 Afternoon (Choose two workshops - one from Workshop 4 and one from Workshop 5 or one Institute)
 Workshop 4 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.                   AND                                    Workshop 5 • 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
q TH-W11 q TH-W12 q TH-W13                                                              q TH-W17 q TH-W18 q TH-W19
q TH-W14 q TH-W15 q TH-W16                                                              q TH-W20 q TH-W21 q TH-W22
OR
Institute 2 • 2:00 - 5:15 p.m.
q TH-I9 q TH-I10 q TH-I11 q TH-I12 q TH-I13 q TH-I14

Friday, June 25 (Choose one)
Workshop Session 6 • 8:30 -10:00 a.m.
q F-W1 q F-W2 q F-W3 q F-W4 q F-W5 q F-W6 q F-W7

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                                                Registration Options
Please complete one form per person
q June 23, 24 and 25 (entire conference) (Includes two continental breakfasts, two afternoon breaks, Matching Brunch, Wednesday banquet,
Thursday picnic, opening and closing keynote general sessions and up to six concurrent workshops)
EARLY BIRD (postmarked on or before May 28, 2010)                                  REGULAR RATE (postmarked after May 28, 2010)
q	 $180.00 – Agency-affiliated or other professional                               q	 $200.00 – Agency-affiliated or other professional
q	 $100.00 – Parenting Couple (2 parents from the same family)                     q	 $120.00 – Parenting Couple (2 parents from the same family)
q	 $75.00 – One Parent                                                             q	 $ 95.00 – One Parent
I q	will q	will not be attending the banquet on Wednesday.
I q	will q	will not be attending the picnic on Thursday.
q	 Wednesday, June 23 ONLY (Includes: Matching Brunch, opening keynote general session, afternoon break, Wednesday banquet and one
workshop)
EARLY BIRD (postmarked on or before May 28, 2010)                                  REGULAR RATE (postmarked after May 28, 2010)
q	 $100.00 – Agency-affiliated or other professional                               q	 $120.00 – Agency-affiliated or other professional
q	 $45.00 – Parenting Couple (2 parents from the same family)                      q	 $ 65.00 – Parenting Couple (2 parents from the same family)
q	 $35.00 – One Parent                                                             q	 $ 55.00 – One Parent
I q	will q	will not be attending the banquet on Wednesday.
q	 Thursday, June 24 ONLY (Includes: Continental breakfast, afternoon break, family picnic and up to four concurrent workshops)
EARLY BIRD (postmarked on or before May 28, 2010)                                  REGULAR RATE (postmarked after May 28, 2010)
q	 $100.00 – Agency-affiliated or other professional                               q	 $120.00 – Agency-affiliated or other professional
q	 $45.00 – Parenting Couple (2 parents from the same family)                      q	 $65.00 – Parenting Couple (2 parents from the same family)
q	 $35.00 – One Parent                                                             q	 $55.00 – One Parent
I q	will q	will not be attending the picnic on Thursday.
q	 Friday, June 25 ONLY (Includes Continental breakfast, one workshop and closing keynote general session)
EARLY BIRD (postmarked on or before May 28, 2010)                                  REGULAR RATE (postmarked after May 28, 2010)
q	 $ 80.00 – Agency-affiliated or other professional                               q	 $100.00 – Agency-affiliated or other professional
q	 $ 25.00 – Parenting Couple (2 parents from the same family)                     q	 $45.00 – Parenting Couple (2 parents from the same family)
q	 $15.00 – One Parent                                                             q	 $25.00 – One Parent
q		I have enclosed_______ child care/teen registration forms with payment. Child care/teen program registrations INCLUDE Thursday’s family picnic
(in addition to other meals and snacks listed on the Childcare Registration Form).
Extra meal tickets may be purchased for guests not registered for the conference or child care/teen programs. In order to help us anticipate space and
meals, if you are purchasing additional tickets please indicate how many below:
ADDITIONAL BANQUET TICKETS ________                                                ADDITIONAL PICNIC TICKETS ________
($20.00/adult and $10.00/child)                                                    ($20.00/adult and $10.00/child)
                Payment Options: Complete one form per person and attach check, money order or purchase order made payable to
                               Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, or complete credit card information and mail to:
                                    Beth Duzey, Diakon/FDR, 471 JPLwick Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111

 Credit Card Information: qMastercard qVISA
 Card # _________________________Exp. Date ______________                               TOTAL REGISTRATION FEE: $ _____________________
 Authorization code (3-4 digits on back of card) ____________________
                                                                                        TOTAL CHILD CARE/TEEN
 Cardholder Name ______________________________________
                                                                                        REGISTRATIONS: $ ___________________________
 Cardholder Address & Phone Number __________________________
 _________________________________________________                                      TOTAL AMOUNT DUE: $ ________________________
 Authorized Signature____________________________________

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