20CH007 - WNC Foster & Adoptive Parent Conference - 2019

Nov 16, 2019 Closed

20CH007 - WNC Foster & Adoptive Parent Conference - 2019


WNC Foster & Adoptive Parent Conference 2019: An Opportunity for Growth and Renewal

Hosted by MAHEC, in conjunction with Fostering Communities & YMCA
Sponsored by NC Foster Family Alliance
Reserve your space soon as registration will close November 10th.
No walk-ins accepted.

Crossnore School & Children’s Home are pleased to invite any and all foster & adoptive parents to join us for our Growth and Renewal conference 2019. This one day conference will be an opportunity for foster & adoptive parents across WNC to be poured into and re-equipped for the challenging and unique roles that you play in our community.

This event is made possible through the work of Fostering Communities, an initiative made possible by the generosity of the Duke Endowment; with the support of MAHEC, the YMCA of WNC and Biltmore United Methodist Church - among others (sponsorship of NC’s Foster Family Alliance). This event can count towards State Required continuing education hours, certificates to be provided.

Registration Fees
$15 per person registration, which includes lunch and refreshments. Participants registering for this event will have their contact information shared with Crossnore School and Children's Home, who is providing contact hours that meet Foster and Adoptive Parent educational requirements.

Child Care Day Camp | Run by the YMCA

1 Child - $15 | 2 Children - $20 | 3+ Children - $25

Biltmore United Methodist Church
376 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

To participate, parents will need to download, sign, & email waiver(s) to Alex Williams at ajwilliams@crossnore.org by 11/9

Click HERE for the waiver

Drop off for childcare between 8:45 - 9:15am. Pick up at 4:30pm. Limited to 50 children, ages 3-12. Day camp reservations due by November 8th. Limited seats available.

DISCLAIMER: Please be aware the Day Camp run by the YMCA will be a large group activity. If your child (biological or other) has a challenging time in large group settings, high energy activities, difficulty engaging with peers or any other behaviors that may cause him/her to be unsuccessful, you may want to consider whether this day camp will be suitable for your child.
Shenandoah Chefalo - Keynote Address
Shenandoah Chefalo’s early childhood and subsequent placement into foster care has given her a personal insight into the trauma that children in our nation experience every day. As an author, coach, and nationally-recognized speaker, Shen advocates for foster children everywhere she goes. She also encourages and challenges those in power on state and federal levels, as well as those providing care, to provide the best care possible for these children. With a lengthy career as a paralegal and director of a law firm, Shen has also seen the legal side of children’s care and how much more trauma may be experienced as a child’s case proceeds through the court system.

Shen has been the owner and chief training advocate of 2 firms in Michigan offering business and life coaching, consultation, and training across the United States. She has consulted with both private and public sector clients providing group and one-on-one training and coaching, workshops, webinars,and keynote speeches. Shen is particularly adept at helping clients identify and address issues, as well as achieve goals, specially related to the topics of trauma and adversity. In addition to her work, Shen has authored three books: Setting Your Vision and Defining Your Goals (2013), Garbage Bag Suitcase (2016), and Hiking for Stillness: Healing Trauma One Step at a Time, expected to be published in 2019. Shen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, Human Resources, & Society from Michigan State University, and is a 2011 graduate of Coach U in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the Michigan State Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and currently serves as the State Chairman of DAR Schools.

Shen is married to Gerry and the couple have one daughter, Sophia. The Chefalos enjoy adventure and their travels have taken them around the globe. They especially enjoy their family trips during the Christmas holidays and in 2018, they will be hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Tanzania. This trip will also raise awareness for children in foster care and funds for Crossnore School & Children’s Home.

Pete Smith
Pete has been a foster parent since 2013. In 2018 he and his wife, Ginger, received the Adoption Excellence Award from AdoptUSKids for their efforts in the foster and adoptive community within Wake County, NC. He has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, and been in the Information Technology field for the last 18 years in Operations & Program Management roles. Pete currently resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife and their 3 kids.

Judge Emily Cowan
Judge Cowan is a former GAL Attorney and Assistant District Attorney. She has a huge heart for children and is an avid advocator for their well-being and best interests. Judge Cowan says, “Working as a Guardian ad Litem Attorney Advocate, as a child advocate in the court system, and my tenure on community organization boards like Mainstay have greatly influenced my desire and willingness to focus on children, making sure their voices are heard in the court room.”

Nick Ladd, DO
Faculty, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry MAHEC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Nick Ladd is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who is a graduate from Wake Forest University where he completed his general residency in psychiatry along with his child psychiatry fellowship. He is an Asheville native who is excited to deliver needed services in his home town. He is currently working at The Pisgah Institute in Asheville & Rainbow Pediatrics in Hendersonville where he is seeing pediatric patients. Dr. Ladd is a member of MAHEC’s Clinical Faculty in the Psychiatry Residency Program.

Sheritta Carmichael, MD
Dr. Carmichael is a graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine and a third year Psychiatry Resident at MAHEC.

Conference Agenda

8:45 - 9:30amRegistration with Coffee/Donuts
Child Drop off (offsite location)
9:30 - 9:45Start & Welcome
Breakdown of the day
9:45am - 12:00pmShenandoah Chefalo Keynote (Opportunity for questions)
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:15(Breakout #1)
2:15 - 2:45pmBreak
2:45 - 4:00pm(Breakout #2)

Target Audience

Foster and Adoptive Parents