2017 Kinship Care Summits

Save the Date: 2017 Kinship Care Summits

Current research, best practices and a review of South Carolina policy and practice reveals kinship caregivers have specific resource needs that differ from foster and adoptive parents. With the success of the 2016 Kinship Care Summits, we will host a series of three Kinship Care Summits during the month of September 2017, Kinship Care Awareness Month. This year's focus will be Engaging Biological Parents with Kinship Families. Summits will run from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. to allow for travel of out-of-town attendees. Lunch and Continuing Education Units will be provided for participants.

Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 1.

Columbia Speakers: Dr. Kimberly Janha, a member of Kinship Care Council will share her caregiver story, along with her Godmother, Ms. Gillia Robinson. Ms. Robinson took on the care of 5 children in 2003 (who at the time ranged in ages from 3 months to 7 years old) after the children’s mother was killed in a tragic car accident. She continues to be their primary caregiver. Kimberly and Ms. Robinson testified back in November 2015 for the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children’s Hearing.

Greenville Speaker: Sarah Howard Wallace


The 2017 Summits will enhance the skill of practitioners engaging biological parents to positively impact and interact with kinship caregivers and their families. The goal of the training is to assist professionals who work with biological parents in stabilizing their children and supporting caregivers in providing safety, well-being and permanency. This workshop will also highlight tasks for caregivers in co-parenting and positively engaging parents.


Learning Objectives

1. Understanding  how kinship care impacts and changes family dynamics, roles, responsibilities and relationships between the biological parent, their child and kinship caregivers (the triad)
2. Identifying pre-requisites and roles for biological parents in stabilizing their youth in kinship care
3. Developing guidelines and tasks for biological parents and caregivers in co-parenting
4. Utilizing motivational approaches and minimizing barriers to engaging biological parents in kinship care

Keynote Speaker
International and national consultant and trainer, Dr. Joseph Crumbley received his masters and doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He is in private practice as a family therapist, trainer and consultant. His clinical experience includes adoption, foster care, chemical dependency, couples therapy, physical and sexual abuse. His most recent areas of specialization have been kinship care and transracial adoptions. He has provided training and consultation nationally and internationally.

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Registration is now open for DSS employees only. Regular registration will open Wednesday, Aug. 9.

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