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Office Location:

DSS Main Office
​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

West Charlotte Location
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000

Workshops  

**** Denotes Morning or Afternoon ONLY sessions

Morning Session****
10:00am-11:30am

 

Transforming Trauma-How to do this work and stay sane!

Presenter: Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

Laura will  offer practical tools for cultivating the deep self-knowledge and systemic insights that are  needed to care for ourselves while caring for others and the world around us, we can greatly enhance our potential to work for change, ethically and with integrity for generations to come.

​Morning Session****
10:00am-11:30am

Saving a Generation

Presenter: Bishop Martin

Bishop Martin will  share a roadmap to social transformation by demonstrating how his tiny church adopted and forever changed the destiny of 76 at- risk children. Allow him to share with you how your congregation can assist with solutions-based partnerships with government agencies.

​Morning Session****
10:00am-11:30am

"Use the Force, Luke!" Managing Number One, First...and Staying Motivated to Make a Difference!

Presenters:  Charlie Appelstein

Raising and/or working day after day with at-risk children and youth elicits difficult feelings that can compromise a parent or professional's performance. This uplifting presentation examines the major triggers and provides strategies for self-management that "keeps enthusiasm" alive.  Focal points include: how to respond instead of react when personalizing difficult interactions, the pivotal role of support and how to manage effectively when it's lacking, and a new definition for success in working with at-risk populations.

​Morning Session****
10:00am-11:30am

Burnout and Stress For Foster and Adoptive Parents

Presenter: Dr. John DeGarmo

This session will focus on emotional challenges, difficulties, and trials that foster parents all face which often leads to burnout and stress.  During the presentation, participants will learn about the realities of burnout and stress for foster and adoptive parents, as well as become equipped with strategies designed to best address these feelings.

​Morning Session
10:00am-11:30am

Born in June, Raised in April:  Adoption, Identity and Family throughout the Year

Presenter:  April Dinwoodie

April weaves together personal and professional experiences, sharing her journey of adoption with the calendar as a backdrop. Participants will be guided through each month to explore how holidays, special days and transitions can be challenges and opportunities to understand ourselves and how our roles as members of the extended family of adoption can affect those around us.  We will discuss; birthdays, Mother's/Father's Day and Thanksgiving, etc., as well as meaningful life-transitions like back-to-school, changing schools, transitions to college,  and changing jobs.   

​Morning Session
10:00am-11:30am

Parenting from the Trenches

Presenters: Denise Goodman

See your kids in a whole new light!  This  workshop offers a toolbox of strategies for parenting children and teens.  Topics include developing trust and attachment while helping children learn to manage their own behaviors, building self-esteem, and maintaining your sanity. The presenter will give special attention to the unique world of teens.

Morning Session
10:00am-11:30am

"Playing the Game Without a Coach"

Presenter:  Benjamin Raymond

Throughout this session, Benjamin will share his life story and the struggles that he had to endure to reach his current level of success. Mr. Raymond plans to discuss his book, "Playing the Game Without a Coach" and use his story as a pillar of hope for the adults who support youth who have experienced great loss. The main topics of discussion will be courage, resilience, forgiveness, and dedication. Benjamin will break down these four topics to serve as a guide to adults who care for youth who have faced trauma that anything is possible, even in moments of adversity.

​Morning Session
10:00am-11:30am

Unpacking the "NO"

Presenter: Michael Saunders

When approached about the idea of permanency, youth in care often respond with a resounding  "NO, I don't want to be adopted!"  Why is this?  What's behind the NO?   Designed for both caregivers and professional staff, this workshop addresses these issues.  Through activities, this fast-paced, fun-filled workshop intends to unpack the no and go beyond the words of the youth and find the question to which the answer will be YES!

​Morning Session

10:00am1:30am

​​Yes, the Adoption Tax Credit is for Foster Care Adoptions!

Presenter: Becky Wilmoth and Jamie Newcomb

This session will help you understand how the Adoption Tax Credit works, how it can help you, and who qualifies for this wonderful credit. Even though it is not refundable right now, it can still help you with your tax liability for up to 5 years. A child adopted from the foster care system and declared special needs, according to the state’s criteria, will qualify for the full amount of the Adoption Tax Credit with little or no expenses necessary. Each state has different criteria as to what qualifies as special needs. The adoption must be final and the credit should be claimed in the tax year that the adoption is finalized. You will leave this session with a better understanding of what documentation may be requested by the IRS and how and when to file for the tax credit.

 

​Afternoon Session****

1:30pm-3:00pm

​This Session is Closed!!!!

The Spirit of a Child:  From Trauma to Resilience to Redemption!

Presenter: Derek Clark

Derek will share insight into his personal childhood journey of being wrongfully labeled in the system for thirteen years, and the key reasons on how he did not turn out addicted, incarcerated, or dead.  Derek will challenge many of the accepted practices of the child welfare system and provide alternative ways to understand why kids behave in the ways that they do.  This understanding will generate hope and restore dignity to the young people as well as restore humanness and compassion in the hearts of parents and professionals.

​Afternoon Session****
1:30pm-3:00pm

Healing Rhythms: Using Rhythmic Recreation to Meet Trauma-Related Needs of the Adoptive Child

Presenter: Sabrina Clark and David Drum

Trauma is a small word, yet one that has significant impact—so much so that 2/3 of children report experiencing a traumatic event by the age of 16.  This workshop will provide participants with an extensive overview of what trauma is, how it manifests, and ways in which it can impact the success of the family system.  Participants will also gain practical information on techniques that can be applied to the daily caregiving of youth, with a special focus on Rhythmic Recreation, which offers a fun approach to supporting youth in coping with trauma's adverse effects. Participants will engage in drumming activities and learn strategies for successfully implementing rhythmic recreational activities with youth in their care, as well as for incorporating it into their own self-care routine.  Come prepared to be energized and informed!

Afternoon Session****
1:30pm-3:00pm

"You Can't Do it Yet,  Michael!"

Presenter:  Charlie Appelstein

Strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding at-risk children and youth that is exceptionally positive and inspirational.  This workshop will present a host of strength-based verbal interventions that help foster and adoptive parents and others to change kids' negative mindsets and place them on a path to successful functioning. Techniques covered include:  the power of solution-focused questions; positive-predicting; reframing; metaphors that inspire, and core, strength-based verbal interventions.

Afternoon Session****
1:30pm-3:00pm

Trauma and Stress: The Emotional Challenges that Foster and Adoptive Children, Birth Parents, and Foster and Adoptive Parents Face

Presenter: Dr. John DeGarmo

This session will focus on emotional challenges, difficulties, and trials that foster and adoptive children, biological family members, and foster and adoptive parents all face. During the presentation, participants will learn about the realities of stress, trauma, loss and grief for all involved when dealing with displacement and reunification, as well as become equipped with strategies designed to best address the stress that comes with this time of loss. 

Afternoon Session
1:30pm-3:00pm

Born in June, Raised in April: Adoption, Identity and Family throughout the Year

Presenters:  April Dinwoodie

April weaves together personal and professional experiences, sharing her journey of adoption with the calendar as a backdrop. Participants will be guided through each month to explore how holidays, special days and transitions can be challenges and opportunities to understand our selves and how our roles as members of the extended family of adoption can affect those around us.  We will discuss; birthdays, Mother's/Father's Day and Thanksgiving, etc., as well as meaningful life-transitions like back-to-school, changing schools, transitions to college and changing jobs.   

​Afternoon Session
1:30pm-3:00pm

Bridging the Gap: Parent to Parent Relationships

Presenter:  Denise Goodman

Who better to work together on behalf of the child but the child’s parent and the resource parent?!  This session will examine the benefits and challenges of this partnership and highlight a variety of ways and opportunities for the relationship to grow and develop.

​Afternoon Session
1:30pm-3:00pm

"Playing the Game without a Coach"

Presenter: Benjamin Raymond

Throughout this session, Benjamin will share his life story and the struggles that he had to endure to reach his current level of success. Mr. Raymond plans to discuss his book, "Playing the Game Without a Coach" and use his story as a pillar of hope for the adults who support youth who have experienced great loss. The main topics of discussion will be courage, resilience, forgiveness, and dedication. Benjamin will break down these four topics to serve as a guide to adults who care for youth who have faced trauma that anything is possible, even in moments of adversity.

​Afternoon Session

1:30pm-3:00pm

Unpacking the "NO"

Presenter:  Michael Saunders

When approached about the idea of permanency, youth in care often respond with a resounding  "NO, I don't want to be adopted!"  Why is this?  What's behind the NO?  Designed for both caregivers and professional staff, this workshop addresses these issues.  Through activities, this fast-paced, fun-filled workshop intends to unpack the no and go beyond the words of the youth and find the question to which the answer will be YES!

Afternoon Session
1:30pm-3:00pm

Yes, the Adoption Tax Credit is for Foster Care Adoptions!

Presenter: Becky Wilmoth and Jamie Newcomb

This session will help you understand how the Adoption Tax Credit works, how it can help you, and who qualifies for this wonderful credit. Even though it is not refundable right now, it can still help you with your tax liability for up to 5 years. A child adopted from the foster care system and declared special needs, according to the state’s criteria, will qualify for the full amount of the Adoption Tax Credit with little or no expenses necessary. Each state has different criteria as to what qualifies as special needs. The adoption must be final and the credit should be claimed in the tax year that the adoption is finalized. You will leave this session with a better understanding of what documentation may be requested by the IRS and how and when to file for the tax credit.

Address

Office Location:

DSS Main Office
​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

West Charlotte Location
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000