PAFCAF 2018 Annual Conference

PAFCAF’s Annual Conference is the premier educational and networking event for South Carolina’s child welfare professionals each year. Held at the beautiful Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, attendees have the opportunity to network with colleagues, learn about new innovations and technology that can be applied to work with children and families, and interact with sponsoring organizations and companies. 2018 saw more than 200 attendees, including PAFCAF member agency executives, clinicians and other credentialed staff, as well as key external partner organizations, vendors and suppliers.

The 2019 PAFCAF Annual Conference Will Be Held On February 25-27, 2019.


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Wednesday February 28, 2017

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

General Session

Preventing Burn-out, Igniting Passion!

Tina Levene, Founder, Tina Talks Truth & Motivational Speaker

Tina Levene has inspired thousands with her National Motivational Speaking, Clean Comedy, 4 Inspirational Published Books and International Radio Talk Show: Tina Talks Truth. Her professional work experiences span over 20 years in social work, drug prevention and juvenile justice.

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3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Session 1

Intersection between high risk youth and human trafficking

Margaret Malaney, Trafficking Survivor Advocate, Sexual Trauma Services

Participants in this training will be able to recognize what is human trafficking and be able to define child sex trafficking. Participants will learn why this population needs special medical, therapeutic and legal resources addressed by a multidisciplinary team. Participants will learn signs, behaviors and risk factors of youth involved in trafficking and will be provided an update on current state and federal laws around trafficking.

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Executive Roundtable

This session is designed for executive directors & CEOs of provider agencies. The focus is typically on current issues within foster care & specific topics will be decided in late 2017. Past roundtables have included discussions on: Michelle H lawsuit, contract changes, DHHS/Medicaid changes, etc.

Moving from Reaction to Relationship: Addressing behavior from a trauma-informed lens

Amy Moseley, Prevention Training Specialist, Children’s Trust of South Carolina

In this session, participants will learn about typical adolescent development and trauma to understand the impact these have on behavior and gain practical tools for responding.  With a knowledge of both typical development and the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in brain development and responses, participants will be able to set reasonable expectations, respond to behavior in a positive manner and apply skills and tools to help them build healthy and supportive relationships with adolescents and address behavior with a trauma-informed approach.

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Practical Application for Preventing Burn-out!

Tina Levene, Founder, Tina Talks Truth & Motivational Speaker

This session utilizes small group, interactive and engaging activities to enhance positive staff development, authentic work ethics and positive communication skills as a team. It is an uplifting and fun lecture that will assist enhance awareness in others perceptions, the power of using positive words, letting go of negativity, utilizing active listening skills and self-care techniques.

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Thursday March 1, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

General Session

Reclaiming and Restoring Vulnerable Youth

Dr. Tom McIntyre, Professor & Coordinator of the graduate program in Behavior Disorders, Dept. Special Education, Hunter College of the City University of New York

Society failed in its duties to rescue A.J. from the many adverse childhood events in his young life.  The schools failed in their efforts to reach and teach him.  Life stressors and lack of guidance were reflected in his behavior patterns.  Eventually, he was viewed as repulsive, punished for being the product of the world in which he found himself, and sent away.  Released from the therapeutic residential setting when the district could no longer justify the expense, A.J. bought a well-earned reputation for defiance and aggression back to his home school.  

The account of A.J. contains many lessons about responsibility; for society as a whole, and those of us who serve that society as its reclaimers of troubled and errant youth.  His story provides a starting point for a day of gaining and sharing knowledge and skills for supporting resilience in our youngsters who have experienced traumatizing life events.

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10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Session 2

Figuring Out the Whys Behind Behavior

Dr. Tom McIntyre, Professor & Coordinator of the graduate program in Behavior Disorders, Dept. Special Education, Hunter College of the City University of New York

The vast majority of human behaviors are displayed in order to bring about a benefit. If an action obtains something desirable, or helps us to escape/avoid negative outcomes, we use it again in similar future situations.  Non-beneficial (re)actions are deleted from our behavioral repertoire.  Effective behavior-change interventions are derived from knowledge of which events trigger responses, and what benefits are accrued. This session provides guidelines for, and practice in determining the function/cause/purpose/reasons (the benefits) of particular behaviors.  Suggestions for effective intervention are also provided during the session and via links that allow free access to online materials.

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Valuing Diversity

Jacki Gadsden, LBSW, MS, Founder, There’s Room Inc.

Valuing Diversity will assist the participant to focus on inclusiveness of others that are different and think differently. The participant will examine and interpret the thoughts of others that will be presented.

Building Great Relationships: Strategies to help young people develop healthy relationships

Meredith Talford, Project Coordinator, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy & Denise Rivera, Statewide Capacity Building Specialist, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

We all can agree that we want young people to thrive as successful and self-sufficient adults. An essential part of youth development is Relationship Education. During this presentation, presenters will guide participants through a series of conversations and activities based on evidence informed approaches to support young people -- particularly vulnerable youth, as they develop their personal boundaries, values and beliefs surrounding Healthy Relationships.

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Identifying and Implementing Effective Risk Management Strategies

Jennifer Flowers, Founder & CEO, Accreditation Guru

Strategically implementing a risk management program is essential to minimize or eliminate events that contribute to losses. There should be a systematic approach to risk management tied to an organization's mission, with a deliberate focus intended to ensure quality. This session will highlight strategies and techniques to identify, manage and report on areas of risk such as human resources, governance and finance as well as critical incident reporting and technology, as well as the electronic management of information. Participants will learn techniques for how to neutralize risk through preemptive action, identify key elements to include in a robust annual risk analysis, recognize the increasing importance of risk mitigation in the areas of technology, electronic management of information and social media.

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11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

General Session

Child Welfare Policy in Practice -- How Lawmakers' Actions Impact Service Delivery

Marlo Nash, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Mobilization, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

There’s rarely a dull moment in federal policy change these days. Earlier this month, we saw the most major change in child welfare policy to occur in several decades with the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act. The head of the Children’s Bureau is making himself known as a champion for primary prevention. Meanwhile, states are leading the way to eliminate child abuse and neglect fatalities. During this interactive session, the audience will learn where stars are aligning - or not - and have the opportunity to ask questions about a range of federal and national issues.

Marlo Nash has served as the senior vice president of public policy and mobilization for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities since July 2015. She is responsible for leading the organization’s national public policy platform and 2017-2019 federal legislative agenda. Prior to joining the Alliance, during nearly 10 years with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) as the director of Oklahoma KIDS COUNT, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s long-running data tracking and policy change initiative, Nash trained hundreds of child advocacy leaders, produced the annual KIDS COUNT Factbook, and worked closely with media outlets to elevate key issues.

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1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Session 3

Experiential Practice (One)

Tim Wines, Director of Operations, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and Sandy McManus, Assistant Director of OASIS, Connie Maxwell Children's Home

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as learning through the reflection of doing. Learning that is considered "experiential" contains all the following elements: reflection, critical analysis and synthesis, opportunities for children to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for the results. It provides opportunities for children to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically. This training will show participants the benefits of experiential learning and ways to incorporate this technique into their work with foster children.

Collaborative Multi-System Response: Courts and Agencies Working Together to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families

Judge Sheri Roberts, Chief Judge, Alcovy Judicial Circuit Court, Covington, GA

Judge Tarita Dunbar, Family Court Judge, 13th Judicial Circuit, South Carolina Judicial Department, Greenville, SC

All children, youth, and families deserve a justice system that collaborates with one another and their community to provide a coordinated, holistic response to addressing the needs of those seeking justice. Many children who come in contact with the dependency system are at risk for entering the delinquency system as evidenced by high rates of youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Family Courts are uniquely positioned to handle this population through a one family/one judge approach, but cannot do it alone. With judicial leadership and multi-agency collaboration judges and justice system professionals can effectively serve dual status youth who frequently need trauma-informed mental health, education, substance abuse, and other services. In this session, Judge Sheri Roberts and Judge Tarita Dunbar will present recommended practices courts and agencies can  collaborate on in order to ensure equal and coordinated access to justice, regardless of which jurisdictional door of the courthouse – child welfare, family law, juvenile justice, family violence – children and families enter.

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Increasing our Students' willingness to change their errant behavior patterns

Dr. Tom McIntyre, Behavior Advisor

Why would an intervention work wonderfully with one behaviorally challenged youngster, but not another? One variable is the major determinant: The youth’s willingness to change his/her ways. We might select evidence-based, research proven strategies and implement them with fidelity, but failure is assured if behaviorally misdirected youth find no motivation to change their froward ways. Students who are identified as having mental health and/or behavioral disorders are at great risk for poor life outcomes due to their deviation from the norm in values and character-based behavior. Despite having the awareness that their actions are deemed misguided and wrongful by mainstream society, they are oftentimes resistant to our efforts to help them change their ways for the better. By understanding the process of human behavioral change and how to enhance it, we can move them away from their recalcitrant actions.

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Power of Hope

Jacki Gadsden, LBSW, MS, Founder, There’s Room Inc.

Power of Hope will create an environment to explore the inner struggles of life and inner strength to overcome them. Assist the participant in developing skills to cope with meaning in their life. To inspire the energy to move forward.

Introduction to Working with Gender and Sexual Minority Youth In Out Of Home Care

Melissa Moore, Executive Director, We Are Family

Gender and sexual minority youth are overrepresented in the child welfare system, where they are often subjected to discrimination, harassment, and violence. Even the most well-intentioned caregivers can cause additional trauma to LGBTQ kids, due to a lack of knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity. Workshop participants will learn basic information about gender identity and sexual orientation, including terminology, risks and disparities, providing a welcoming home to LGBTQ youth, and best practice guidelines to better serve this community.  

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3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Session 4

Educational Stability of Children in Foster Care

Sally Branch, Department of Social Services

Tracie Sweet, Education Associate, SC Department of Education

Through the Fostering Connections Act, Congress has determined that children in foster care are entitled to educational stability. State Department of Social Services and Department of Education playing key roles in ensuring appropriateness of services for children in foster care. Learn more about resources and guidance designed to support educators, child welfare professionals, and others in their work to improve the educational outcomes and well-being for students in foster care.

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Dive Into Outcomes with KaleidaCare

Chip Bolyard, VP of Client Relationships, KaleidaCare

This session will focus on best practices and outcomes organizations should be tracking, why these type of evaluations are important, how the information can be used in grant proposals, and other ways this type of analysis and awareness by organizations can advance your organization’s priorities while also making contributions to the overall improvement of the system of care.

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Drug Endangered Children

Michelle Grecco, Manager, Child Abuse Prevention, Greenville Health Systems

This session will cover  updates on drug/trends and the synthetics (fentanyl/ carfentanyl/oink//marijuana laced with synthetics) and exposure risks and precautions for accidental overdose to workers coming into contact with drug exposed children or doing home visits.

Building Healthy Communities: Preventing Interpersonal and Sexual Violence among Youth Populations and their Families

Kayce Singletary, Community Education Director, Sexual Trauma Services & Alek Reaves, Elementary Education Coordinator, Sexual Trauma Services

This session will discuss the importance of moving beyond awareness raising and risk reduction, to implement interpersonal and sexual violence primary prevention programming with youth and their families. Participants will identify barriers to implementing prevention programming with parents and the community, and brainstorm solutions to these challenges. This session will include solution-focused discussions using examples from the development, recruitment and implementation of the various prevention programs utilized by STSM. Participants will use the models and examples provided during the session to formulate personal strategies for incorporating these factors into prevention programming within their organization and community.

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Sensory Processing Disorder: The Why, the How and the What You Need to Know to Optimize Outcomes for Children

Tonya Hayes, Educational and Marketing Liaison, Sprout Pediatrics, LLC

Today more than ever we have children who have sensory processing disorder or sensory processing issues.  It is imperative as a professional who works with children that you understand what Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is and the variety of ways it manifests itself in children. In this session we will look at why SPD occurs, how it is commonly treated and what you can do to ensure children are properly identified and given the opportunities they need to cope with sensory integration.  

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Friday March 2, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Session 5

Experiential Practice (Two)

Tim Wines, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and Sandy McManus, Connie Maxwell Children's Home

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as learning through the reflection on doing. Learning that is considered "experiential" contains all the following elements: reflection, critical analysis and synthesis, opportunities for children to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for the results. It provides opportunities for children to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically. This training will show participants the benefits of experiential learning and ways to incorporate this technique into work with foster children.

Develop and Maintain an Engaged Nonprofit Board of Directors

Jennifer Flowers, Founder & CEO, Accreditation Guru

Does your agency need a board that is more engaged and active? Having a well-functioning, cohesive board of directors is crucial for supporting your organization's financial stability and the fulfillment of your mission. This interactive training session explores how to recruit, maintain and engage a governing body that promotes a solid, effective and successful nonprofit organization. Highlights include how to successfully recruit, engage and maintain an active and knowledgeable board as well as a discussion around key motivational techniques related to fiscal responsibility and fundraising. Participants will be aware of how to recruit and engage an active and knowledgeable board, review key tips on how to help your board function strategically, understand the benefits of valuing diversity among board members, and key motivational techniques related to fiscal responsibility and fundraising.

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Generational Substance Use - How to Take a Systems Approach
Tricia Lucido, MCJ, LCDCIII, Montgomery County Juvenile Court and Wendy Schiller, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Substance use follows generational trends, therefore it is important for court systems to create a systems-based approach to working with families across generations. Court systems may find that a youth is involved in a juvenile drug treatment court and that their caregivers/guardians have a similar issue with substances. In some cases these caregivers/guardians are involved in the adult system as well. In this session, NCJFCJ, in collaboration with a Specialized Dockets Manager from Dayton, Ohio, will highlight recommended practice when working with this population and how information sharing and breaking down silos will help create seamless case plans that effectuate referral to services.

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Enhancing Your Clinical Practice: NTI Training for Mental Health Professionals

Mary Boylen Wichansky LCSW-C, NTI Implementation Specialist supporting Illinois, South Carolina and Tennessee

The goal of this session is to raise awareness about the NTI pilot for mental health professionals, generate interest in participating in the pilot and providing next steps for enrollment.

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10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

General Session

Impacting Lives...One At a Time

Gregg Nibert & Peggy Nibert, Foster Parents

Gregg and Peggy have fostered over 40 children during  the 10 years they have been licensed foster parents. They have taken in some of the state’s most traumatic cases, including their first child, an infant with shaken baby syndrome. Together, they have seen that love and care for children on a day-to-day basis can make a significant impact on their lives in the long-term. Gregg and Peggy will share their story of putting their best foot forward each day for each child.

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2018 Award Winners

Be The Anchor Award

Donna Mann, South Carolina Youth Advocate Program

Distinguished Service Award

Becky Butler, Connie Maxwell Children's Home

Champion for Children Award

Debra Eident, Children's Attention Home

2018 Sponsors

South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Mcguire Woods



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