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A Place In My Heart 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Single Attendee Oct 27, 2017 $50.00 $0.00
Twosome Attendees
Two people parenting the same child(ren)
Oct 27, 2017 $80.00 $0.00

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A Place In my Heart 2017

Talking to Kids about Tough Stuff

Children do best when they know the truth about their lives. Sharing difficult information with children is not easy. This workshop will give you the tools to discuss the most challenging situations (e.g. abuse, parental incarceration, death, HIV, incest, termination of parental rights) with children of all ages. Please bring your challenging questions to the session. No topic is off limits!

Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 

8:30-9:00am: Registration/Continental Breakfast 

9:00am-12:00pm:  "Talking to Kids about Tough Stuff"  Interactive Lecture

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch (included in Registration Fee)

1:00-4:00pm: Methods, Strategies, Examples, Demonstrations and Discussion 

The presentation:

This is an interactive workshop with some lecture to present the program plus room for open discussion from the audience. The workshop uses creative methods to assist adults in discussing adoption and difficult information with children and youth. Facilitator will provide several examples of challenging topics, along with strategies to share said topics with children of various ages and developmental stages. Facilitator will also ask for workshop attendees’ difficult conversations they have experienced and/or anticipate having with children and youth, accompanied by suggestions for meaningful approach. 

The presenter:

Barry Chaffkin, LCSW / Co-Founder & CEO, Fostering Change for Children

Barry presents at New York State and national conferences each year, and is a recognized expert in child welfare. He is responsible for over 900 adoptions and over 900 reunifications in his 28-year career. In addition to his responsibilities with Fostering Change for Children, he is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and sits on the advisory committee for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and the Treehouse Foundation.

Hotel Accommodations:

Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness

HWY 12 & Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells

A block of rooms has been reserved for Friday and Saturday. Please call 1-800-867-9453 to make your reservations. Ask for block  #616441 for the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families at Glacier Canyon Lodge.

$99 for Double Queen with sleeper couch at Glacier Canyon Lodge or

$139 for 2 bedroom Glacier Canyon Deluxe 

Please note: a limited number of room are available for the rates listed above on Friday, November 3rd as well as Saturday, November 4th. Rooms must be reserved by October 13th, 2017.

*Note: children (including babies) will not be admitted to the conference. Please arrange for childcare.


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Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort
45 Hillman Rd
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)


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