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GAL District 16A – Rockingham “Connected or Scattered? Sibling Relationships in Foster Care and Adoption”
October 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
Separation from siblings is often described by former foster youth as one of the most traumatic aspects of their out-of-home placement experience. Child welfare agency staff struggle to find placements willing and able to accept sibling groups, and agency staff and GAL volunteers alike face difficult decisions when advocating for a child’s best interests when siblings are involved, particularly when there are safety concerns. This training looks at the value of sibling connections, explores some common myths about sibling placement, and looks at ways to support sibling relationships in a variety of placement circumstances.
Meet the Trainer
Michelle Calvert, MPA, Professional Trainer and NC Certified Parent Educator, has worked in the child welfare field for over 18 years. She holds a BA degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Michelle is passionate about her work with children and families and dedicated to the fulfillment of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina’s mission, “to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe permanent, safe and loving family.”m