Malnutrition & Care Reform: Support Reintegration by Improving Nutrition and Feeding Skills

Proper nutrition, safe feeding, and nurturing care in early childhood lay the foundation for lifelong well-being. Children in alternative care can be adversely impacted by both disability and trauma. Trauma-informed feeding, nutritional skill training, and growth monitoring are essential components in family strengthening efforts. Learn how mindful care, and simple changes to a child’s feeding […]

The Enduring Value of Supportive Relationships for Youth Transitioning Out of Care

Young people who age out of alternative care – widely termed care-leavers – face numerous challenges as they transition into young adulthood. However, many do better than expected. Longitudinal research reveals that supportive relationships are prominent among the resilience processes that facilitate their transition. These relationships, which can be nurtured while they are still in […]

Building Cultural Bridges to Improve Child Safeguarding

Cultures vary across countries, regions, communities, and families – and these cultures influence approaches to safeguarding and child protection. While it is easy to appreciate the fact that these different cultures exist, operating across them can be rather difficult – especially when it comes to implementing healthy safeguarding practices and responding to concerns. This session […]

Preparing Adolescents for Independence

When children age out of care, they are often not equipped for self-sufficiency. This workshop will specifically focus on developing programs to prepare adolescents for successful reintegration into their families and communities of origin. While drawn from programs in international contexts, key principles will carry relevance for serving youth in all settings.

Family Placement of Older Children through Mentorships

We all want the children in residential programs to go back to family. However, the reality is that a significant percentage may not have a safe family or extended family option. Mentors offer a means for families to engage these children one-on-one and often leads to placement in the mentor family. Come learn a framework […]

Bridges to Adulthood: Success Strategies for Aging Out Youth (US & Global)

In this fast-paced interactive strategy session, we will examine the five core elements of the Alliance’s Aging Out Initiative’s “Bridge” to successful, Christ-honoring transitions to adulthood for youth aging out of the U.S. foster system and global orphan care. See proven models and case studies, explore the data, hear from frontline experts, and share your […]

Attachment After Adversity: Building Resilience Through Relationship

For most children and youth outside of parental care, or with a history of maltreatment, adversity has been a regular part of life. As individuals dedicated to serving at-risk children and families, we can learn how to build resilience – or the ability to overcome obstacles – through relationships. In addition to a focus on […]