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Quarterly Newsletter
Issue No. 2January 2011
In This Issue
Feature: ASK Wins Again!
New Faces at the TRC
Upcoming Medically Fragile Annual Training
Mentor Spring Enrichment Trainings are Coming
A S.A.F.E. Success Story!
ASK Wins Another National Award and is Featured in the Media!
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On October 4, 2010 Adoption Support for Kentucky, or ASK, was awarded the 2010 Adoption Excellence Award in the Support for Adoptive Families category by the U.S. Children's Bureau.  This is the second prestigous national award that ASK has garnered in the last year.  Both awards recognize the invaluable service that ASK provides to adoptive parents in the bluegrass state.

The program's 18 Adoptive Parent Liaisons (APLs) work tirelessly across the state to help nearly 4,000 adoptive parents with support, training and legislative and public policy advocacy.  Some of those liaisons were featured in an article in the Lexington Herald-Leader on January 3, 2011. There was also an article profiling the ASK program and award in University of Kentucky news and on WUKY's Perspectives radio show with University President Dr. Todd that will air on February 4, 2011.
Congratulations to ASK for more well deserved recognition!

For more information contact Carrie Saunders or Seth Krusich, ASK Directors

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The University of Kentucky College of Social Work Training Resource Center is starting the new year off right with new awards, new staff and a renewed commitment to improving the well-being of Kentucky's children and families with the support of our community partners.
New Faces at the TRC 
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Carrie Taylor, Nancy Earlywine, Megan Vanoli, Sophia Shalash

The TRC has welcomed new staff into its ranks.  These individuals bring unique skills and experience to UK TRC's many programs.  They include:

  • Nancy Earlywine, Support Staff
  • Sophia Shalash, Program Coordinator, Comprehensive Family Services
  • Carrie Taylor, Administrative Associate
  • Megan Vanoli, Program Coordinator, Comprehensive Family Services
Upcoming Medically Fragile Annual Event 
Hyatt Regency LouisvilleThe 2011 Medically Fragile Annual Training Event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Louisville on March 4-5.  Please note this is new location.  This training will provide approved DCBS and PCP Medically Fragile homes the opportunity to obtain 16 hours of ongoing training.  Participants will choose from a variety of training topics, which will allow them to attend the sessions most relevant to the needs of the child in their care.  Training topics may include psychotropic medications, diabetes, seizures and aging out of care, just to name a few.

A listing of additional Medically Fragile trainings can be found here.

For more information contact Susan Bunch, Medically Fragile Program Director.
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Resource Parent Mentor Spring Enrichment Trainings are Coming 
The Resource Parent Mentor Program is busy planning their spring enrichment trainings across the bluegrass.  These events help equip Mentors with the tools they will need to help parents and children across the state.
  • March 12 at Lake Barkley State Park
  • March 26 at Barren River State Park
  • April 2 at General Butler State Park
  • April 16 at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
  • May 7 at Jenny Wiley State Park

The Reource Parent Mentor Program provides emotional and practical support to newly approved resource parents, while reinforcing skills learned in training. 

For more information contact Tamikia Dumas and Jeff Damron, Resource Parent Mentor Program Directors.
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S.A.F.E. Success Story!

In a recent IEP development meeting, an Special Advocate for Education (S.A.F.E.) was able to assist in the stabilization of a child's placement in a mainstream classroom. The advocate's neutral position allowed her to facilitate productive collaboration between the resource parent and teacher that resulted in consensus regarding how to best meet that child's needs in the classroom!

Special Advocates for Education receive specific training and/or have personal experience with working with teachers, coaches, counselors and administrators to obtain needed services for children.  Advocates can answer procedural questions concerning individual education plans (IEPs) for children in care and know what steps to take to obtain a 504 plan or have an IEP or 504 reviewed. 


For more information contact George Humlong, Special Advocates for Education Program Director.
The Training Resource Center is a team of professional educators and consultants who provide innovative training, technical assistance, assessments, consultation, evaluation and "best practices" to human service providers and parents working to improve the well-being of children and families in Kentucky and across the nation.

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