Relatives Matter 2018: Helping You Help Your Family
About Relatives Matter Conference & Resource Fair
Grandparents, caregivers, relatives and professionals are invited to our fourth annual conference dedicated to Kinship Caregivers in Harford County.
Whether you are a kinship caregiver who has physical and/or legal custody now or expect to in the near future, this conference is designed to provide you with tools and resources to support your journey. Professionals who encounter kinship caregivers are welcome to join us to become better acquainted with the challenges and support available to caregivers. CEUs for are available for Social Workers and LCPCs. All other professionals can receive a certificate of attendance.
The conference will feature a keynote address on "Understanding Trauma and Managing Behaviors" by national speaker and trainer, Dr. Tara Doaty. Additional presentations will address: overcoming grief; the latest information on the short and long term effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how to build resilience; internet safety and cyberbullying; challenges faced by substance exposed newborns and support for them and their caregivers.
Generations United, the national advocacy organization supporting Grandfamilies, will present their most current report: "The State of the Grandfamilies in America". Past reports have illustrated the increase in caregivers of children born to parents with substance use disorders, especially the impact on families due to the recent rise in opioid use. Generations United acted as a major advocate for the successful passage of Families First Act, legislation that will increase the support for kinship caregivers nationwide. They are leading the education effort to increase funding for kinship navigation programs in all states, including Maryland.
Community Partners, including the Harford County Health Department, the Harford Bar Foundation and the Department Social Services, Family Investment among others will be present during the Resource Fair. Our legal, financial and educational experts will be available for individual appointments. Space is limited. Please indicate your interest during registration.
In conclusion, local musician, meditation trainer, and mental health advocate, Jordan Lally, will lead us in ways to stay focused and energized, better able to meet the needs of our children. The conference is free to kinship caregivers in Harford County. Registration is required. Kinship caregivers outside of Harford County are eligible for sponsorship. Registration fee is $35 for professionals. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.