Panel: 9:00 – 10:15

Ashley Dawn Louise Bach, Zoe Bourgeois, Dylan Cohen, Melanie Doucet, Jennifer Dupuis, Meredith Graham, Cheyanne Ratnam

Peers are doing it for themselves: Conversations with leaders from care about the different ways of doing youth engagement & empowerment

Around the world, young people in and from care are leading movements for change. Day 2 of the IFCO conference kicks off with a peer facilitated and led panel that highlights the young leaders who are building a movement for change in Canada’s child welfare system. Join us for a frank and enlightening conversation with young leaders from care on the ways they practice youth engagement and empowerment within their communities, from grassroots community-based organizing, formalized networks to advising government from within. You’ll learn about the strengths they rely on and challenges they face in their advocacy work, youth engagement and empowerment best practices, and the lessons these young leaders have learned along the way.

# 11 – Implementing evidence-informed programs

10:45-12:15 11.1 Benefits of the MES® program told by parents
Toni Sipiläinen, Jukka Sihlman
  11.2 Programme Pingouin: Impacts of implementing trauma-informed care and positive behaviour intervention support training on professional attitudes and behaviours
Denise Michelle, Brend Alexandra, Matte-Landry, Delphine Collin-Vézina
  11.3 Live In Family Enhancement (LIFE) program – Fostering families
Greg Besant, Candace Mitsima
  11.4 Development of a pre-college program for foster youth: Opportunities and challenges of program implementation
Sebrena Jackson, Alex Colvin, Angela Bullock
# 12 – Listening to foster care children’s voices
10:45-12:15 12.1

Valuing lived experience: A story of a meaningful youth-adult partnership in the transition to adulthood
Stephanie Howell, Rachel Malek


Nobody has ever asked me what family means to me”: Exploring ‘family’ for care experienced young people
Róisín Farragher


Moving forward with care
Erin Doiron, Kassel Gomez Gabriela

  12.4 “It’s tough but you’ll get there” – A short documentary capturing the stories and voice of young people in care
Brenda Yelland
# 13 – Promoting Indigenous ways of healing (1)
10:45-12:15 13.1

Reconciliation and reconnecting children in care back to their communities
Myrna Lavallee, Margaret Marin


The journey of the development of an Indigenous cultural understanding framework (bridge) for service providers.
Frank Shannon, Nicole McFadyen


Learnings on a road to improving outcomes for indigenous children in foster care
Camella Magulike, Cheryl Bobb

# 14 – Reflecting on current and future child welfare systems
10:45-12:15 14.1

The current situation and the perspectives of foster care in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia
Maria Herczog


Child protection in Honduras: Understanding the context of how migration shapes the lived realities of youth in and from care
Kate Butler


Forensic child sexual abuse investigations. Thinking it through
Gerald Walsh

# 15 – Strengthening safety in youth aging out of care
10:45-12:15 15.1

The influence of informal relationships on the lives of young people leaving out-of-home care
Jacinta Waugh


Aging out without a safety net workshop
Alisha Bowie, Cathy Murphy


Awareness, understanding, and connection: The aging out of care study circle project and its long term impact in CFUW
Linda Russel,l Audrey Hobbs-Johnson, Rachel Malek

  15.4 TRRUST: A collective impact approach to supporting youth transitioning out of care
Annie Smith, Maya Peled, Stephanie Martin
# 16 – Le projet de vie des enfants placés : processus décisionnel et pratiques professionnelles / Permanency placements of children in care: Decision-making processes and professional practices


Le projet pour l’enfant : le dialogue et les liens / Permanency planning for children in care: Dialogue and connection
Dominique Ansel, Maryse Bournel-Bosson, Michel Boutanquoi



Processus décisionnel autour du projet de vie de permanence alternatif à la réunification : l’agentivité, l’interaction et le contexte / Decision-making processes regarding permanency placements: Agency, interaction and context
Rosita Vargas Diaz



Le processus décisionnel entourant le choix d’un milieu d’accueil pour un enfant : le point de vue des intervenants / The decision-making process surrounding child placement: Worker perspectives
Doris Chateauneuf, Geneviève Pagé

# 17 – Caring for the carers
15:30-17:00 17.1

Acute and chronic stress upon educators: Impact on seclusion and restraint
Caroline Alexandra Mathieu


Life after advocacy: How do you maintain your own wellness?
Audrey Wandolo, Marie Christian


What supports do group home workers need to care for traumatized children and adolescents? A tri-provincial survey
Lise Milne

# 18 – Reflecting on institutionalized care practices
15:30-17:00 18.1

Restraint and seclusion among children and youth in residential treatment centres: Description of practices and related individual and environmental factors
Alexandra Matte-Landry


Sanad: Supporting institutional homes to create a sustainable future for children and youth without parental care
Noha Emam Hassanin, Yosr Kotb, Yasmine El Hagry


Educational trajectory and opportunities for continuity of relationships and socialization during residential care placements: An exploratory study
Elodie Marion

  18.4 “Time-out” placement in residential care: A questionnable practice through the angle of stability
Sophie Hébert
# 19 – Documenting pathways, from recruitment to disruption and reunification
15:30-17:00 19.1

The effects of socioeconomic vulnerability, psychosocial services and social service spending on family reunification: A multilevel longitudinal analysis
Tonino Esposito


Placement disruption in Ontario child welfare: The role of youth- and caregiver-level predictors
Lauren Stenason


Foster parent, recruitment and retention: Sharing our success story
Maxim Kryukov

  19.4 Love and belonging in foster carer recruitment materials; an Australian perspective
Stacy Blythe
# 20 – Le placement en famille d’accueil de proximité : regard sur la stabilité et les enjeux relationnels / Kinship care placements: A look at stability and relationship issues


Les facteurs associés à la stabilité des enfants placés en famille d’accueil de proximité / Factors associated with the stability of children in kinship care placements
Sonia Hélie, Amilie Dorval



L’expérience des familles de proximité à la lumière de leurs relations avec les enfants, les parents et l’institution de protection / The experiences of kinship caregivers: Their relationships with children, parents, and the child protection system
Chantal Lavergne, Rosita Vargas Diaz



L’expérience de la parentalité de parents d’enfants placés auprès d’un membre de la famille sous le prisme des enjeux relationnels / Parenting experiences among parents of children in kinship care through a relational lens
Amilie Dorval

12:15-13:30 15 Moving from survive to thrive: The Indigenous experience
Frank Shannon, Nicole McFadyen
  16 Maltreatment experiences as predictors of attachment disorders in children in out-of-home care: Preliminary data
Rosalie Guillemette
  17 The psychometric properties of a DSM-5-based attachment disorder questionnaire
Rosalie Guillemette
  18 #MYFAMILIES: A systematic work model for reunification in foster care in Finland
Pia Lahtinen, Reetta Peltonen
  19 Empowering families through engagement
Ana Burgos, Latasha Tomlin
  20 The drop model: Increasing youth assets through innovations in youth engagement
Lacy Kendrick, Burk Jammie, Gardner Tia Barnes
  21 Developing youth participation: A global approach
Aideen O’ Brien
  22 Supporting care leavers in Estonia
Meelis Kukk, Kersti Kukk
  23 Transforming child protection: Shifting the culture of care from institution to family through judicial activism
Vasundhra Om Prem, Myrna Mcnitt
  24 Enhancing our story: Incorporating the person brain model into therapeutic interventions
Lori Stanley, Christy Murtha
  25 Belonging – A new approach to child welfare
Faith Goodman, Irwin Elman
  26 Developing interdependent relationships for children and youth in Ghanaian residential facilities
Kwabena Frimpong-Manso
  27 The oral health needs of children in out-of-home care and the role of foster carers: A scoping review
Stacy Blythe
  28 Cross cultural partnership servcec delivery in a remote area
Pierre Bush, Viane Watson
  29 Humanizing child welfare practices: What are settler responsibilities?
Marilee Sherry, Andy Koster, Nancy Freymond
  30 Acute and chronic stress upon educators: Impact on seclusion and restraint
Caroline Mathieu
13:30-15:00 9 Making a difference for LGBTQ2S+ children and young people in care
Meagan Probert, Jamie Hodgson, Leanne Mills, Marli Senecal
  10 All of the pieces: Maintaining identity for Indigenous children
Danielle Rasmussen, Michelle Chase, Michelle Morris

Innu shutshiun (Innu strong): Mamu uitshitutau (Let’s work together)
Janet Bellefleur, Pauline Rich, Melinda Gogerly, Michelle Hawco

  12 Engaging primary families
Kelley Gruber
  13 “It’s tough but you’ll get there” – A documentary and workshop on the voices of young people in care
Brenda Yelland, Ben Shannahan
15:30-17:00 14 Personality-targeted interventions for reducing the risk of substance use and mental health problems in adolescents involved in youth protection services
Hanie Edalati
  15 Strengthening family-based care, fostering new beginnings
Deb Davies, Kevin Harris, Owen Manz

Simultaneous interpretation from French to English available

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