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2019 FloridaFAPA Annual Education Conference

Jun 21 - Jun 23

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We’re headed back to Daytona Beach.  The Hilton Oceanside has been completely updated since our last visit in 2012.


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Florida FAPA, I would like to welcome you to the 23rdAnnual Florida FAPA Education Conference. We are so excited to have parents from around the state gather in Daytona Beach for a weekend of Support, Advocacy and Education!

Below are a few details that we thought might be helpful to know before you arrived:

  • Wifi is complimentary in your resort room
  • Self parking is a reduced rate of $8 per day
  • Rollaway beds are $35 per day
  • No Charge for cribs
  • Conference Registration for adults, North Tower across from the Coquina Ballroom.
  • Registration opens at 10:30 am Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Registration for NexGen (ages 10-18) is South Tower Halifax/Flagler A,B,C
  • Registration for NexGen begins at 12 pm South Tower
  • An email with more details for the NexGen program will be sent shortly.

Meet & Greet at 7:30 pm Friday – Cabana 113,

Downstairs, outside the hotel in front of the Boardwalk.  This is a great opportunity to network with other foster, adoptive and kinship families from around Florida.  Come join us, we will be serving light refreshments!

QPI Levels of Licensing – Saturday 7 pm – Coquina Ballroom

Join us for a discussion QPI around new Licensing Levels of Care around Kinship foster parents.  This will be in Coquina Ballroom.


Please join us on Sunday for breakfast in the Coquina Ballroom. This year our Closing will include something for everyone!  Please bring your entire family, including young children and all NexGen youth, as we enjoy breakfast and a unique family Closing to our 2019 Conference.

Any questions contact Trudy Petkovich, 305-213-6627, Trudy@ FloridaFAPA.org.

Safe travels, and we will see you when you arrive!

Lynda Thompson,
Florida FAPA, Conference Chair
Conference Chair

Draft of Schedule Released

Friday, June 21
Adult Registration 10:30 – 5:00
NexGen (10-18) Registration 12:30 – 1:30
NexGen (10-18) One Voice Impact 1:30 – 4:30
Training 1:30 – 3:00
Snack 3:00 – 3:30
Opening Session/Keynote 3:30 – 4:30
NexGen (10-18) Pickup 5:00
Meet & Greet 7:30-9:00 PM
Saturday, June 22
Adult Registration 8:00 – 12:00
NexGen (10-18) Registration/Checkin 8:30-9:00
NexGen (10-18) One Voice Impact/Urban Surf 9:00 – 5:00
Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00
Training 9:15 – 10:45
Training 11:00 – 12:30
Lunch/Keynote/Awards 12:45 – 2:15
Training 2:30 – 4:00
Training — President’s Council Meeting 4:15 – 4:45
NexGen (10-18) Pickup 5:00
QPI Meeting 7:30-8:30 PM
Sunday, June 23
Breakfast (Everyone) – Keynote 8:30 – 10:30

Presenter Schedule & Location

Friday Workshops
Reaching New Levels in Foster Home Licensing Courtney Smith Coquina A
Special Education: An Overview Katie Kelly PhD., Esq. Coquina B
Self Care for Foster Parents Lori Bainbridge Coquina C
Early Intervention:When and How Janine Conley Coquina F
Lost Connections: How Children Get Negative Labels Erin Wirsing Coquina G
Post Adoption Support and Services Valerie J Proctor Coquina H
Saturday Session 1
Martie Gillen Trauma, Brain Development, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Coquina A
Jerra Wisecup A Foundation for Co-Parenting Coquina B
Dr. Elizabeth Wynter Unadoptable is Unacceptable Coquina C
Heather Rosenberg Improving Placement Stability, Retention and Recruitment Through Creative Interventions Coquina F
Carol Edwards Maintaining Cultural Connections Coquina G
Chris Lolley Resilience – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope Coquina H
Saturday Session 2
Sandra and Stephen Hogue Divorce Proof your Marriage Coquina A
Graham Perkovich Trauma Informed Interventions Coquina B
Stephanie Love Unique Educational Opportunities Available to Children in Fostercare Coquina C
Naby Baig Sunshine Health’s Child Welfare Specialty Plan Coquina F
Vivian Bell plus copresenter What is Coparenting and Why it is Important Coquina G
David Finucane Keys to Independence Coquina H
Saturday Session 3
Jamie G Averett Quality Parenting: Values that Support Excellent Parenting and Help Children Thrive Coquina A
Jonathan Petree Family Protection Methods Coquina B
Kristin Hoffman, Ph.D. Trauma-Informed Parenting: Strategies for Fostering Attachment & Psychological Safety Coquina C
Paul Vernon Safety of the Children in your vehicle Coquina F
Anjali Van Drie Caring for a Child with Autism: Behavior Management and Beyond Coquina G
Coleen LaCosta Life in the F.A.S.T. Lane – Understanding and Supporting Foster Parents Through Allegations Coquina H

Awards Nominations

The 2019 FloridaFAPA Awards Nominations must be received by May 8, 2019. Below are the awards and their criteria:

  • Caring Hearts Award – to honor a licensed foster familyfor quality service to children, exemplary partnership with the system of care and dedication to children and their families, who are involved in the foster care system.
  • Forever Hearts/Dee Wilson Award– to honor an adoptive familythat represents the very best in Florida by providing permanency and a loving family to children in care, with specific attention to special needs, siblings, maintaining connections, and supporting and mentoring other adoptive families.
  • Kinship Caregiver Award – to honor a kinship caregiverfor quality care given to children of family who have found themselves in need of a stable loving environment.  Note: this may include non-blood related “kin”.
  • Partner in Caring Award – to honor a worker or partner(case manager, licensing/placement, Independent Living, GAL) who embodies partnership and collaboration with foster parents and the families served.
  • Rising Star Award– to honor a youthfor progress and positive gains, goal setting and accomplishments either academically, socially, mentoring other youth, and personal achievements
  • Leadership through Example Award – to honor a CBCfor demonstrating their commitment to children, families and foster parents through positive actions intended to strengthen partnerships and create a culture of caring through the system of care.

Please provide information about EACH of the following 6 items:

  1. Award Category
  2. Name and Address of nominee(s)
  3. Agency and Address of CBC and/or Licensing Agency
  4. Name of person submitting this nomination and best way to contact (phone/email)
  5. A description (qualities, actions, characteristics, behaviors) of how your nominee meets the criteria for the selected award
  6. Will your agency cover travel expenses for your nominee to receive this award at the FloridaFAPA Conference in Daytona Beach 6/21-23?

(For a word document with this information click here)

Submit to Gay Frizzell, Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) Advisor at: gfrizzell@qpiylc.org

Hotel Reservations

Please call 305-213-6627 or email:  petkovij@me.com for further information



FloridaFAPA is pleased to announce the call for Workshop Proposals.  The Annual conference will host over 300 foster, adoptive, kinship caregivers and child welfare professionals. Do you have expertise to share?  We are looking for sessions that emphasize trauma informed care, adoption process, human trafficking, understanding the court system, importance of GAL, early childhood courts, empowering youth, recruitment and more!


Show off your business in front of more than 300 families and professionals active within the child welfare system for 3 days.  You can provide hands-on experience and meet new customers while supporting FloridaFAPA.


There are multiple levels of sponsorships available if you or your company want to support FloridaFAPA or even just to provide a scholarship for a foster or adoptive family to attend the conference.  Click here to see the sponsorship packet.

QPI Meeting at Conference!

June 22  7– 8 pm; Topics to be discussed: Kinship Care, GAP,  Level 1 Licensing. FEATURED SPEAKERS: Phyllis Stevens, Kinship Caregiver & QPI National Advocate and Courtney Smith, DCF Permanency & Well Being Manager  Click here for the QPI meeting flyer.


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Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort
100 North Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32118 United States
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