Preventing Violence for Children in Out-of-Home Care
In this session participants will learn about the dynamics of bullying, especially as it relates to children in out of home care. This session includes a viewing of a documentary on the lives of two young people in the local community who were impacted by neglect and abuse, both of whom had deeply troubling childhoods, followed by a discussion with the director and producer of the film. One had recently been transferred to a shelter for abused and neglected kids and the other grew up in a house exposed to meth binges and an abusive father who once shot his mother during an argument. The discussion includes recorded interviews from peers who witnessed the murder, family members, attorneys and detectives. Their perspectives and insights highlight the complexity of this and potentially similar situations. Out of home care providers, including foster parents and group home workers, will gain firsthand knowledge that has the potential to recognize and intervene in potentially life threatening situations in the future, increasing the likelihood of preventing tragedies such as the one described above.
Check in will begin at 9:00 am
Free parking in lot G3 on corner of Olson Rd and Montclef Blvd
About the presenter:
Marta Cunningham is a social advocate and writer who produced a documentary investigating the circumstances that resulted in a life-ending tragedy in foster care in the local region. She leads outreach in high school and other speaking engagements promoting the safety of foster youth across the county.
If you require assistance due to disability or other special needs, please let us know in advance so that reasonable accommodations may be made.
When & Where
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is one of the largest providers of mental health services for children and families on California’s central coast. We serve over 430 families daily, many of whom have faced abuse and neglect, severe emotional disturbances, mental health challenges, multiple out-of-home placements, and a variety of other challenges.
Our campus and community services include: Emergency Shelter, Residential Treatment, Non-Public School, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Health Services Clinic, Therapeutic Behavioral Services/Intensive Behavioral Services, Wraparound, and Emergency Crisis Response.
Visit www.casapacifica.org for more information.