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Quarterly Newsletter
Issue No. 5October 2011
In This Issue
Feature: UK TRC Annual Report
Feature: National Adoption Month
New Faces
Successful Transitions
Thank You from Medically Fragile
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Annual Report

  The UK TRC is proud to partner with the University Training Consortium, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), and the Children's Bureau, in an effort to improve the well-being of families, children and communities throughout Kentucky and around the world. Each program at the UK TRC works collaboratively and diligently to achieve this mission.


Fiscal Year 2011 saw continued development of new ideas and the ongoing improvement of existing efforts. To learn more about all of the services provided by the UK TRC from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, please view the TRC Annual Report here.


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November is National Adoption Month


November is National Adoption Awareness Month. The primary purpose of Adoption Month is to raise awareness about adoption, adoptive families, and children who need adoptive homes.


In recognition and celebration of Adoption Month,we encourage all of you who are touched by adoption to please wear a white ribbon during the month of November. If someone asks you about the ribbon, share with them your experience or knowledge about adoption. Not only does this provide a positive public image of adoptions, but it may also help in the recruitment of families.


To learn more ways to celebrate National Adoption Month read the latest issue of F.A.S.T. Track  magazine here.


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As the UK TRC reflects back over Fiscal Year 2011 there were many accomplishments and invaluable partners who helped achieve them. We also find that as Fiscal Year 2012 continues there are new changes and opportunities for the programs and people that make up the UK TRC. We hope you enjoy learning more about what we've done and what's happening now!

New Faces at the UK TRC

The UK TRC welcomes a few new faces! Dana Patrick has joined Project MATCH as a Program Coordinator, while the Public Child Welfare Certification Program welcomes two new clinical instructors, Melissa Whitaker and Rebecca Sanford. Melissa serves the Eastern Mountain Region, while Rebecca serves the Southern Bluegrass Region. Additionally, Tiffany Williams joined the TRC to provide administrative support and assistance.

Successful Transitions Sees Increase in 2011 

Successful Transitions provides support services to University of Kentucky students who receive Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP) benefits. Students utilize KTAP to support their families while they attend classes full-time. The program assists students with meeting their educational goals and helps them stay on the road to self-sufficiency.

During the last year, program membership increased by fifty percent, which led to the highest enrollment in Successful Transitions in over three years. In addition, two Successful Transitions students graduated in May 2011; one of whom has already secured employment as an instructor at a community college.

For more information, contact Sarabeth Leukefeld, Successful Transitions Program Coordinator.


A Thank You from the Medically Fragile Program

The 2011 Medically Fragile Annual Training Event held at the Hyatt Regency Lexington on August 12th & 13th trained 117 DCBS and PCC resource parents. Participants were able to choose from an array of topics and receive training most relevant to the needs of the children in their care. Training topics included medication administration, feeding & nutrition, diabetes, seizures and many more.

The UK TRC would like to thank each of the presenters and their respective organizations for providing their time and talent. It is the expert knowledge these presenters shared with Medically Fragile families that made this event so successful. A complete listing of presenters and training topics can be found here.


For more information contact Susan Bunch, Medically Fragile Program Coordinator.

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The University of Kentucky College of Social Work's Training Resource Center (UK TRC) is dedicated to providing training, technical assistance, service and evaluation to professionals and caregivers working to improve the well-being of families, children, and communities throughout Kentucky and around the world.


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