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Quarterly Newsletter
Issue No. 3April 2011
In This Issue
Feature: Mentor Spring Enrichments Underway
CJA Task Force Develops Strategic Plan
Thank You from the Medically Fragile Training Program
Federal site Visit at Project MATCH Board Meeting
Mentor Spring Enrichments Underway


Mentor Spring Enrichment 

The Resource Parent Mentor Program is in the midst of a successful series of spring enrichments for mentors. These one day trainings are being held throughout the state. Mentors in all regions have a chance to learn more about best practices for permanency from DCBS Internal Policy Analyst III, Denise Weider and the TRC's Resource Parent Training Program Director, George Humlong. The Resource Parent Mentor Program Directors, Jeff Damron and Tamikia Dumas present on the topic of shared parenting.  This information, along with tips on successful mentoring strategies, helps to enhance mentors' efforts with newly approved resource parents.


For more information contact Tamikia Dumas or Jeff Damron, Resource Parent Mentor Program Directors.

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As warmer weather approaches, activity is heating up at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work Training Resource Center.  Trainings are underway and new projects are getting started. Read on for more on the latest happenings at the UK TRC!

CJA Task Force Develops Strategic Plan

Kentucky's Children's Justice Task Force has been busy over the past year.  The Task Force is established in accordance with the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act which authorizes grants to states to develop, establish, and operate programs designed to improve:


  • The handling of child abuse and neglect cases, particularly cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner which limits additional trauma to the child victim;
  • The handling of cases of suspected child abuse or neglect related fatalities;
  • The investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation; and
  • The handling of cases involving children with disabilities or serious health-related problems who are victims of abuse or neglect.

This year, the Task Force has spent a great deal of time obtaining information and developing a strategic plan for 2010-2011.  This has included hearing from each of the funded CJA programs: Forensic Medicine, Office of the Attorney General, and Administrative Offices of the Court.  The Task Force is composed of volunteers who represent a wide spectrum of practitioners, policy makers, parents, and others.  A full listing of Task Force members can be found here.

For more information contact Blake Jones, CJA Task Force Program Director.
Thank You from the Medically Fragile Training Program 

The 2011 Medically Fragile Annual Training Event held at theHyatt Louisville Meeting room Hyatt Regency Louisville on March 4-5 trained 136 resource parents.  DCBS and PCP Medically Fragile families had the opportunity to obtain 16 hours of ongoing training.  Participants chose the topics most relevant to the needs of the child in their care.  Training topics included psychotropic medications, 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 our 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 Director.


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Federal Site Visit at Project MATCH Board Meeting

The upcoming Project MATCH Advisory Board meeting on June 13 will have a special guest. Angie Brown, an ICF contractor with the Children's Bureau, will be attending the board meeting to evaluate and report on Project MATCH's implementation progress. We are excited to share with our federal representative Project MATCH's successes and challenges.

For more information contact Jessica Morris, Project MATCH Program Director.
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