Join us for an informative training on achieving and maintaining permanency for youth in foster care training, which reviews the following:
Available permanent placement option for children/youth in foster care
Differences between Adoption, Permanent Guardianship, and Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA)
Post-permanency supports available for each permanency option
Cultural considerations for American Indian families and children when discussing permanency options
Ways DCS is improving the guardianship process
Presenter Karen Wouters has been working in the field of foster care since 2007. She was involved in creating a kinship licensing program in 2009 and worked extensively with kinship families for the next 6 years. In 2013 she joined Arizona’s Children Association as a kinship program coordinator and was promoted to supervisor shortly thereafter. Karen has been a foster parent trainer for 10 years and has trained PS-MAPP, Foster Parent College, De-Escalation and AzCA’s trauma-informed care training titled “Healing Through Relationships.” She is also in the process of becoming a master trainer through Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model in Caregiving program. Karen earned a Master’s of Social Work from Arizona State University in 2018. She became the director of Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Services for AzCA’s Phoenix office in 2018.
Presenter Silvia Chavez received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University in 2000. She was employed at Casa Pacifica, a residential reatment and shelter facility for DCS youth from 2000-2009 where she served as a Cottage Assistant Supervisor, then as an Assistant Program Manager for a therapeutic in-home behavior modification program. She then transitioned into the role of Special Populations Analyst for the Ventura County Office of Education, where she served as a Coordinator for all school districts in Ventura County for Homeless Youth and Foster Youth from 2009-2013. In 2013, Mrs. Chavez became the Independent Living Program Coordinator for the County of Ventura, Children and Family Services until 2016. She moved to Arizona in the summer of 2016 and began her employment with Arizona’s Children Association in February of 2017. She is currently a Program Director for Foster Care, Adoption, Guardianship and HACS Program and is bilingual in English and Spanish.