July 2020
31st Annual Conference Rescheduled
We have made the decision to postpone our 31st Annual Conference taking place in Chicago, Illinois. Originally scheduled for November 12th - 14th of this year, the conference has been rescheduled for November 4th - 6th, 2021.

In the coming weeks, the conference website pages will be updated to reflect
the change of plans. We look forward to our continued work together
this year and to seeing you in Chicago next fall!
New MIKID CEO Welcome
We are excited to welcome Jeff Kazmierczak, the new Chief Executive Officer of MIKID, our state chapter in Arizona, to the Federation family. Jeff is a senior-level executive who brings more than 25 years of experience in a variety of behavioral health leadership roles. Best of luck in your new role, Jeff!

We also wish Dick Geasland, who recently retired as CEO at MIKID, well in his next chapter. Dick has been a true champion for children, youth and families and he will be missed.

Legislation and Advocacy
News and Updates
Following our Legislative and Advocacy page on Facebook is the best way to get the latest news. You will also find our updates as well as tools and resources that can assist in your efforts to represent the voice of children, youth and families on our Legislative and Advocacy web pages .
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Webinars and Events
Title: Virtual Family Support Meetings
Dates/Times: Thursdays, July 2nd and 9th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

Join the staff of Families of Allies and other families on a virtual support call using Zoom. There's no specific agenda - it is just a time to check in with each other, discuss
problems and concerns and support one another. All are welcome.
Title: Coaching and Support - Monthly Session
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 15th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Our state chapter in Mississippi, Families as Allies, offers an online monthly coaching
and support session for parents who are supporting other parents in any system.
Dads Move, one of our chapters in Washington state, offers bi-weekly support groups online. They include groups focused on moms and dads separately and jointly. In July they are also hosting virtual meetings to address the following topics: everyday stress, systems navigation, LGBTQ youth and anti-bullying.
Title: NatCon at Home
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 15th, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

The National Council for Behavioral Health is hosting NatCon digitally, affording attendees the chance to learn, grow and network from home. Held online and at no cost, NatCon At Home will unite thousands of peers from across the country to learn from thought leaders, pose questions and discuss the future of behavioral health care.
Our state chapter in Nevada, Nevada PEP, is offering a number of webinars covering a variety of topics in July that support parents, caregivers, families and their children as well as the professionals who support them. Click the button below to view their calendar,
see titles and descriptions and to register for this month's webinars.
Title: Building Family and Physician Partnerships through Effective Communication
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 22nd, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. ET

Join this open forum session to discover new approaches to communicating
with your care team and to learn and ask questions for better
family physician relationships and health outcomes.
The TA Network operates multiple Learning Communities that are open to anyone. The Learning Communities were assembled with the most pressing needs of the children's behavioral health field in mind, and are facilitated by a diverse group of content experts. Opportunities for peer examples and interactions are also provided in addition to resources and tools. Click the button below to learn more and to register
for one or more of the webinars they are offering this month.
Resources and Opportunities
From Online Counseling Programs
Crisis Planning for Parents with Shared Custody
A crisis adds another layer of logistics to the already complicated lives of parents, guardians and children. The coronavirus pandemic has parents wondering if their children can safely play outside, if kids next door can come for a visit, and if they should be wearing masks. For parents who are separated or divorced, answering these questions can be especially hard. How can parents sharing child custody prepare for and respond to a crisis? Learn more here .
From Hofstra University
Self-Help COVID-19 Guide
The Clinical Psychology Program at Hofstra University has created a robust, free self-help guide titled “Coping with Fear & Sadness During a Pandemic" which offers a terrific collection of information and resources and includes a section designed specifically for parents. You can a ccess the guide here .
From the National Alliance for Caregiving
Paid Study for Caregivers of Children with Serious Illnesses
The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) would like to invite past and current caregivers of children with a serious illness to participate in a study entitled “Needs Assessment to Develop a Guidebook for Families and Caregivers of Children with Serious Illnesses”. This study will be conducted by an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University and requires participation in one focus group during July 2020 to share caregiving experiences faced during your journey that will inform the creation and development of the guidebook. All participants who complete the focus group session will receive a $50 gift card. Learn more here .
From the Washington Post
Parents' Guide to Summer Activity Resources
The Washington Post compiled resources in 10 categories: reading, education, travel, mental wellness, music, art, physical activity, theater and dance, languages, and entertainment to help parents plan summer activities.  Learn more here .