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Issue No. 10 - September 2013
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Medically Fragile FY 2014 Training Dates
The training calendar for the Medically Fragile program is available here.

For more information, contact Lisa Casebier, Medically Fragile Program Coordinator.

Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children Training Project

If you are operating or interested in developing support groups for relatives raising children, the Training Resource Center's Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children Training Project is ready to assist you. Services include face to face training, on site consultation, or consultation via telephone or email. The training materials are also available for your use at  


If you are interested in using our services, or would like more information, please contact Doug Burnham at or (859) 257-4785.    


Resource Parent Appreciation Reception
"Honoring Your Excellence"

Thirteen families from across the Commonwealth were honored on May 16, 2013 in Frankfort for their service as foster parents to some of the state's most vulnerable children. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), the state agency that oversees the public foster care system, presented the awards at the reception.  


One family from each of the nine Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) regions received an Excellence in Service Award for outstanding support of Kentucky's families and children, and four families received a Longevity Award for 25 or more years of service.

All were honored for their dedication and commitment to caring for children in the custody of DCBS due to abuse and neglect.


CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes was at the event and praised the families.  "Being a foster parent requires lots of hard work and dedication and limitless love," she said. "The families we honor will stop at nothing to ensure that the children placed in their homes receive the utmost care and full attention. It's something that may be missing from their lives and something that truly gives them a renewed chance for stability."

DCBS Commissioner, Teresa James, said the families being honored represent the best of a group committed to making a tough transition easier for children.  


There are more than 2,000 DCBS-approved Kentucky households that serve as foster families. Approximately 7,200 children are in out-of-home care in Kentucky.  For more information about becoming a foster parent, log on to


Commissioner James presents the 2013 Cumberland Service Region Resource Parent Appreciation Award to Brandon & Rachel Godsey
Mentor Program Spring Enrichment

During the Resource Parent Mentor Program Spring Enrichment Seminar that took place on April 13th, mentors received training on three important topics. Tamikia Dumas facilitated the first session, which focused on "Mentoring With Compassion". Among other things, mentors learned that compassion conveyed toward their mentees has an impact on how mentees interact with birth parents and how others view the agency.


The second session, "Engaged Mentors", was facilitated by Jeff Damron. This session highlighted seven essential characteristics for mentors to be engaged during the mentoring process. These characteristics encourage mentors to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide support and serve as a role model to mentees during challenging moments of the mentor match.


Dr. Ginny Sprang and Adrianne Witt-Woosley from the Center for Trauma and Children (CTAC) spent the afternoon training mentors on Child and Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE). This is an evidence-based trauma focused approach adapted from Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to improve the immediate and long-term functioning of trauma exposed children. After receiving the training and information, mentors practiced what they had learned through role play.


The Spring Enrichment Seminar was a full day of learning. Mentors left the training with a renewed commitment to take the extra step in mentoring with compassion while keeping mentees engaged in the process!




A.S.K. Training Retreat


Adoption Support for Kentucky (A.S.K.) held its semi-annual retreat this summer. This event provided a time for Adoptive Parent Liaisons (APLs) to get training on topics impacting adopted families and children. It also allowed them to share updates and provide feedback with one another, while also learning about new program policies and procedures.


This retreat featured a five part case-conference webinar series led by Dr. Bruce Perry and the Child Trauma Academy's Neurosequential Model in Education. Through this training, APLs were introduced to emerging concepts related to brain functioning, brain development and traumatology so as to further increase their knowledge and understanding of children with attention, learning and behavioral problems. It provided practical solutions and strategies that they can share with resource parents through their work with ASK.


To top off the retreat, new trainings were piloted. These include Keeping Families Strong: Parts 1 and 2 and Understanding Encopresis and Enuresis. These were developed by our very own Kay Upton and Shonda Lucas. ASK is excited to add these to its training library!  

Medically Fragile Annual Training

A Medically Fragile Annual Training event was held on March 1st & 2nd in Lexington. It was very well attended with a total of 204 participants, including speakers, staff, and resource parents. There were a variety of speakers and topics. To view these, please see our event program.  We're happy to report that the overall feedback for this event was excellent!

Thank you just isn't enough to express how grateful the UK College of Social Work's Training Resource Center is for each of the presenters who participated in this annual training. They graciously agreed to donate both their time and talent to assist the Medically Fragile Training Program in its mission to provide quality training and relevant information to Kentucky's medically fragile foster parents caring for children with complex medical needs.


We are currently planning the next annual training event. There will be a range of topics available, delivered by some very energetic and informative speakers. It will be held at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort on Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th.  


March 2013 MF Annual Lexington
Plenary session at the Medically Fragile Annual Training
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