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REGISTER NOW!! 2019 SWAN/IL Summer Statewide Meeting


  • Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 9:30 a.m. – Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 11:30 a.m.


Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

250 Kalahari Drive
Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania 18349

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Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF); the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) prime contractor; and the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center’s Independent Living Project are pleased to announce the agenda for the 2019 SWAN/Independent Living (IL) Summer Statewide Meeting, which will be held June 11-12 at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. SWAN affiliates are required to attend quarterly and statewide meetings. We also invite and encourage caseworkers, supervisors and administrators from each county children and youth agency to attend.

The morning general session of the 2019 SWAN/IL Summer Statewide is “Creating a Culture for Healing and Connection” presented by Loryn Smith, M.S.W. Loryn is the Owner/CEO of Finally Home Christian Adoption Services, a private adoption agency in Hillsborough County, Florida.  This role complements the thirty plus years of experience Loryn has in the child welfare system, working both professionally and personally to impact the lives of children. Loryn has worked as a marriage and family counselor, has been a Director for both public and private foster care/adoption agencies, and directed the Training Program for an adoption support center.  Loryn has been certified through Rutger’s University and NACAC as an Adoption Competent Trainer, and has been trained in the Trust Based Relational Intervention Method. Loryn is the mother of twenty children, twelve of whom were adopted through the foster care system, one who was adopted privately, and two of whom were not formally adopted, but are considered permanent members of the family. 

“Creating a Culture for Healing and Connection” will address how professionals can best serve and support adoptive families in the difficult and challenging work they often face in parenting. Key points to be covered include the impact of trauma on brain development and the resulting indicators/behaviors, common misconceptions held by professionals about families, common challenges experienced by families, practical strategies to be shared with families parenting the trauma-impacted child and practical strategies for “building the village” (how a best-interest, child-focused team looks and functions).

We are pleased to offer a comprehensive agenda of six concurrent sessions following the general session on Tuesday, June 11 and an additional five concurrent sessions on the morning of Wednesday, June 12. Please review the session descriptions accompanying the registration form.

A matching reception will be held the evening of Tuesday, June 11. County workers who represent waiting children and affiliate workers conducting child-specific recruitment will share information directly with families about children waiting for permanent connections. Families will learn firsthand about the children in Pennsylvania who need permanency.

To register, click on the link below.  We look forward to seeing you as we continue to network for permanency on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children. 

Carrie Keiser, Supervisor
SWAN/IL Unit, Division of Programs
Department of Human Services/OCYF

Jarrod E. Leo, Senior Vice President
Finance, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
SWAN Prime Contractor

cc:   Judith C. Damiano, M.S., Family Design Resources and SWAN Program Administrator


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