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CASA and FCRB Volunteers and staff are critical voices in child welfare proceedings throughout Arizona. The following trainings are provided to reinforce the importance of the work done every day in child welfare and to bring to participants challenging information and perspectives.

The new DCS Service Array – A Response to Family Needs, Culture, and Readiness to Change  Katherine Guffey, Arizona Department of Child Safety

May 6th, 2021, 2pm – 4pm         RECORDED WEBINAR

Picture a DCS investigator meeting with a parent – “Let’s talk about how to strengthen your family to make sure DCS doesn’t get another call.” The agency is undergoing a significant change in the way they deliver key services to families, both before and after the removal of a child. A new range of services has been developed to help encourage growth in a parent’s behavioral, cognitive and emotional characteristics that go hand in hand with protecting their child. Katherine Guffey will talk about the new placement matrix and show how, under the Family First Prevention Service Act, a child can receive services to avoid disruption. She will discuss how the new Nurturing Parenting Program and Family Connections provide services based on a family’s need and not a case status. Katherine will outline the important role that Court Volunteers can play in reviewing and advocating for the appropriate services and outcomes for children and families.


Engaging Fathers Early and Often Neil Tift, Native American Fatherhood and Families Association

June 9th, 2021, 10am – 12pm REGISTER

Picture a home without a father – a common event for foster children. Fathers are absent from the homes of 75% of the children placed in foster care nationwide. Engaging fathers of foster children is important, not only for the benefit of the child-father relationship, but also for making placement decisions and gaining access to valuable family resources. Children with involved fathers use less drugs and alcohol, do better in school, and have higher self-esteem and pro-social behaviors. Participants will explore the benefits of effectively engaging fathers, both in the home and in the courtroom .Participants will discuss the rights of nonresident fathers and ways to help ensure more meaningful paternal participation in the case planning process. Hurry and register now…


Healing Our Families, Hearing Their Story Jerry Tello, National Compadres Network

July 22nd, 2021, 6:30pm – 8pm REGISTER

Picture a story that is the “medicine”, the process from which one detoxifies and learns to break the cycle of painful and harmful relationships, guiding the parent and child through a journey to recover their sacredness. Mr. Jerry Tello is considered an international expert in transformational healing, men and boys of color, racial justice, and community peace and mobilization. “In order to maintain balance and harmony in our lives and that of our children, through this present climate of much anxiety, fear and disconnectedness, we need to re-root ourselves in these values – dignity, respect, trust and love for oneself and for all people, especially those in need of our advocacy and prayers of healing.” Jerry Tello

Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI) Bianca Harper, DSW, LCSW, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University

August 18th, 2021, 10am – 12pm REGISTER

The Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI) is a statewide program that provides a wide range of free, specialized services to children who lose a parent (or caregiver) to intimate partner homicide. Our services include trauma therapy, mentoring, peer support groups, therapeutic wilderness-based trips for child survivors, intensive case management, assistance with Victim Compensation and Victims’ Rights, and other victim services to meet the complex needs of intimate partner homicide survivors and their families.  


Through the Lens of Implicit Bias Shawn Marsh, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno

September 9th, 2021, 1pm – 3pm REGISTER

Picture a world without bias – can you do that? This session will first explore some explicit biases individuals endorse as a conscious preference, both positive and negative. Dr. Marsh will then speak on implicit biases, those that operate outside of one’s awareness. These biases are expressed through “schemas” or mental maps by which we process routine information with little or no conscious thought. Take a journey with Dr. Marsh to learn how we might work to reduce the effect implicit bias may have on our decision making. You don’t want to miss the ride…


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