Annual Fall conference for Foster & Adoptive Families ~Virtual~

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Annual Fall conference for Foster & Adoptive Families ~Virtual~

Hosted by Judson Center Programs: PARC, MARE, and AFPRR/ Foster Care Navigators

Thursday, September 7, 2023/Categories: Family, Featured Event

Event date: 10/6/2023 6:00 PM - 10/7/2023 12:00 PM Export event

Day 1: October 6, 2023 from 6pm—9pm

Parenting From a Place of Healing, presented by Jennifer Patrick.

Explore different parenting models with Family Bound, identify your “shark music” so you can respond out of a place of love, balance and perspective when your child’s behaviors challenge you.

Transracial Parenting, presented by Stacey Goodson.

This session about cross racial parenting of children from foster care will explore the many layers that our kids deal with on a day to day basis. This engaging session will explore implicit biases and microaggressions and how to increase our self-awareness of them. This session is a great tool for anyone parenting kids that are a different race than themselves. 

Day 2: October 7, 2023, from 9am—12pm

Engaging Family and Friends, presented by Jennifer Patrick.

Too often, foster parents become adoptive parents before they inform or invite relatives and friends into their journey. Avoid common errors, learn practical ways to engage friends and extended family to become amazing and fulfilled team members on your mission to heal children/youth in care.

Triple Threat: Teenagers, Talking, and Trauma, presented by Stacey Goodson.

Triple Threat takes the approach of parenting youth (from foster care) that have experienced trauma from the perspective of coaching them, building relationships first, and understanding their behaviors.

Your Presenters: 

Jennifer Patrick is a Certified Family Life Educator with her master’s degree from Spring Arbor University (2016) and her B.A. in Communications from Western Michigan University (1994). She is a certified trauma-informed trainer as well as a Certified Life Coach for Kids through Adventures in Wisdom. Jennifer has served the state of Michigan in several capacities, including as a family worker for Post Adoption Resource Center, recruitment and retention supervisor, pre-licensing trainer, and program director for the AFPRR contract in Region 3. Jennifer has been a co-presenter at the Annual FAK Conference since 2019. She is the recipient of the 2015 Faith Community Excellence Award. Jennifer is purposeful and enthusiastic in working to educate, inspire and encourage families to grow in love, commitment, and resilience together. She and her husband parent three children, including siblings adopted from foster care. You can read more about Jennifer on her website at

Stacey Goodson completed her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Juvenile Justice and earned her Master's Degree in Human Services with an emphasis on Family and Community Studies. Stacey has worked in child welfare for more than fourteen years and has had the privilege of caring for more than 40 teens who were placed in her home through foster care. Stacey is passionate about providing training opportunities and empowering others to be the best versions of themselves. You can read more about Stacey on her website at

WHEN:   Friday, October 6, 2023 from 6:00-9:00pm 

               Login starts at 5:45pm for attendance. 

               Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 9:00am-12:00pm

               Login starts at 8:45am for attendance.


This training will be taking place on Zoom only. You will receive a reminder and the Zoom login information a few days before the training date. If possible, we ask that you turn on your camera. 

Pre-registration is required. Please complete the questions below. The conference is free. You will be asked to complete a brief satisfaction survey at the conclusion of the training and we will email training certificates. 

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