ICWRTC

2018 Resource Family Conference

It's time for the 16th Annual Resource Family and Social Worker Conference! Every year, we offer a conference free of charge to bring together resource parents, kinship caregivers and IDHW staff. This time is used to enhance the lives of our children in foster care by providing training opportunities while building support for everyone involved in that system while earning CEU's.

These conferences are made possible through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Eastern Washington University-Family Resource and Training Center who are dedicated to improving the lives of children in our communities and to work with and train resource parents in Idaho.

This year our keynote speaker will be Dr. John DeGarmo. Dr. DeGarmo is the director of The Foster Care Institute and acts as a consultant to foster care agencies and legal agencies across the USA. He is also the author of several foster care books, including the new book Faith and Foster Care: How We Impact God's Kingdom, the training book The Foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe, and Stable Home, as well as the foster care children's book A Different Home: A New Foster Child's Story. Additionally, he writes regularly for many magazines, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, several publications, and newsletters, both in the United States and overseas.

Space is limited to 150 people per location and priority will be given to resource families. Community Partners will be put on a waiting list and registration will be confirmed 10 days prior to the conference start if space is available.

 

Conference Schedules

Friday

8:00 - 9:00 am   
Registration & Vendors            
9:00 - 9:30 am
Welcome 
9:30 am - 12:00 pm    
Dr. DeGarmo Keynote Presentation
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Dr. DeGarmo Keynote Presentation 
 

Saturday

8:00 - 8:30 am   
Registration        
8:30 - 10:15 am Workshops*
10:15 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 11:45 am Workshops*
11:45 - 12:00 pm          Closing

*Workshop topics will include FASD, Psychotropic Medications, Youth Speak, Working with Birth Parent/Ethics, Resiliency Building for Foster Parents, and Self-Care/Avoiding Burnout*

Select your conference to register now!

      


To find out if your family qualifies for assistance, please read below for more information, prior to registering.

Resource Families Agree to:

  • To attend both days of the resource parent conference to receive lodging.
  • Lodging-During the online conference registration, the Resource Family agrees to select “yes.”  Resource Family must reside more than 75 miles one way from the conference location. Lodging will be booked by EWU at a designated hotel. Families will not be reimbursed if they book their own room at a hotel.
  • Travel Assistance-During the online conference registration, the Resource Family agrees, to select “yes” on the mileage assistance on the registration form, if their residence is more than 45 miles one way from the conference.
  • Childcare-During the online conference registration, the Resource Family agrees to select “yes” on the childcare assistance on the registration form.  All children, including non-foster children, in the household are eligible at a rate of $15/day up to 6 children. 
  • If childcare assistance is requested, the Resource Family must indicate the number of children in the household (up to 6 children) on the registration form in order to receive the reimbursement.
  • To sign an invoice with legal name and complete a W-9 at the conference.
  • Travel and/or childcare assistance eligibility is based on one per household.
  • The Resource Family will be responsible for any other incidental room charges such as movies, meals, telephone calls, etc. so a credit card is required at time of check-in. 
  • The Center is not providing any direct travel services to or from the conference.
  • The Resource Family will allow six to eight weeks for reimbursement after an Invoice is submitted.

 

 
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