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Keynote Speakers:

   Jennifer Kolari

Child and Family Therapist Jennifer Kolari is one of the leading parenting experts and the founder of Connected Parenting. Author of Connected Parenting: How to Raise a Great Kid (Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada, 2009) and You're Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting (Penguin Canada, 2011). Kolari is the parenting expert on CBC's Steven and Chris show, and has appeared frequently on Canada AM and Breakfast Television. Her advice can be found in many Canadian and US magazines, such as Today's Parent, Redbook, Parent Magazine and Canadian Family. Read more

 

 

 

 

   Sharon Wise

Following over thirty years in and out of a diversity of jails, institutions and hospitals because of her un-addressed childhood trauma, Sharon now uses the trauma she suffered as learning and teaching tools. Sharon is a domestic violence survivor and it was her landmark case that got the law in Washington, D.C. changed regarding penalties and criminal charges that could be filed against a perpetrator. Read more

 

Morris Morrison

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready!  Because our next speaker has a story that sounds  like a script that was written in Hollywood.  After being orphaned twice and living life on his own, Morris Morrison realized that being adopted was the best thing that ever happened to him.  And today, he is going to show you how to use your adoption story to give you an "advantage" in life - because that's exactly what he did.  He works with some of the largest companies in the world to help them find success, and his speeches are absolutely mesmerizing from start to finish. Get ready to experience the dynamic, God-given talent that Morris Morrison uses to entertain audiences everywhere.

  Presenters:

 

 

Ken Huey After completing his BA in English, Ken Huey received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University. He then earned his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University.  Read more

 

 

Adam Pertman  is President of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP), a unique national organization that provides research, resources, education, training, consulting and advocacy to improve the lives of children, families and the professionals who serve them. Read more

 

 

Darla L Henry is a Social Worker, Trainer, Teacher and Consultant with extensive knowledge and experience in the Child Welfare field. With a mission to build a path toward healing and well-being for children, youth and families in the child welfare system, Darla established and authored the 3-5-7 Model©, a core child welfare practice which supports the belief that families, children and youth have the ability to resolve their needs if provided the support and time to do so.  Read more

April Dinwoodie is Chief Executive of the The Donaldson Adoption (DAI). As an adopted person, April is a fierce advocate for children and families that are part of the adoption and foster care constellation. Dinwoodie was trans-racially adopted and shares first hand experience regarding challenges within adoption and foster care. She created the specialized mentoring program "Adoptment." She is also a co-founder and vice president of the board of Fostering Change for Children, a progressive non-profit that helps drive innovation within the child welfare system.

 

 

Wendy Kiser received her Bachelor of Social Work from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She works for Foster Care to Success (FC2S), as a NC Program Specialist to promote academic achievement and career planning. Prior to joining FC2S she worked at Iredell County Department of Social Services as a LINKS Coordinator providing independent living skills to young adults in foster care. She also worked with a private foster care licensing agency and in a group home setting.

Dr. Joesph Crumbley received his masters and doctorate in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is in private practice as a family therapist, trainer and consultant. His clinical experience includes adoption, foster care, chemical dependency, couples' therapy, physical and sexual abuse. His most recent areas of specialization has been kinship care and transracial adoptions.  Read more

 

Leslie Pate-MacKinnon is both nationally and internationally known on issues that impact families conceived through adoption and third-party reproduction. Drawn to the field by placing her two first born sons for adoption as a teenager her passion is to educate as many therapist as possible. Read more


 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Fesperman has a career spanning over 30 years in the early childhood, child protective service and young child mental health field.   She owns a private practice and has been a presenter at numerous trainings for clinicians in the community. Read more on the Toxic Stress Team

 

 

 

Ginger  Caldwell is a Program Consultant with the NC Division of Social Services. Her current role includes training child welfare staff and developing curricula associated with the delivery of child welfare services in North Carolina.  Her passion for the value of Life Books for foster children and adoptees began in 1981 when she began her job as an Adoption Social Worker at Gaston County Department of Social Services.

 

Donna H. Foster, author, trainer and consultant, contracts with agencies and associations throughout the United States. Mrs. Foster has over 32 years of experience as a trainer of trainers and training foster and adoptive parents. She enjoys conducting keynote addresses and workshops. She has authored Fostering the Sexually Abused Child; My Life's Book; Team Building: A Workbook for Foster Parents and Social Workers; and Burnout Protection Trainer's Guide"Shelby & Me" (a life book series) will be available early 2015.  Read more

 

 

 Lisa Highfield is a child and youth counselor as well as founder of Healing Hearts, her own business which helps families in crisis. Christen Shepherd is an author and mother of six children, including a sibling set of four adopted from foster care. Together, they co-authored The Promise: Truth from the Trenches of Adoption, and give workshops on the challenges and beauty of adoption.

 

 

 

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Office Location:

DSS Main Office ​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre 301 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211 West Charlotte Location Valerie C. Woodard Center 3205 Freedom Drive Charlotte, NC 28208

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000