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IFCA Conference 2021, Online: Minding transitions in foster care

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IFCA's National Conference 2021 - Minding transitions in foster care

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The Irish Foster Care Association's National Conference brings together all those with an interest in foster care, including general and relative foster families, health and social care practitioners, academics, students, teachers, policy makers, and members of the community and voluntary sector to learn together, engage in dialogue, and share their experiences and best practice.

This year’s conference theme is Minding transitions in foster care.

Transition is a core experience for children and young people in care. While every person’s life contains transitions large and small, for children in care and their network of caregivers, major transitions are more frequent and often less predictable. Children in foster care experience changes in caregivers, schools and communities; changes in friendships; changes of social workers, and changes in family relationships, including sibling relationships.

How can we mind transitions in ways that preserve a child’s support system of nurturing relationships? How can major transitions be honoured and minded through good practice? And how can we offer similar consideration to the network of care-givers around the child, who also experience major transitions?

The conference offers opportunities to explore such questions throughout its programme in workshops, Around the Table sessions, the plenary keynote session and a closing panel discussion. Eight workshops will touch on topics such as the transition from care into aftercare; how babies experience transitions; placement endings in foster care; navigating the transition from childhood to adolescence; transitions in the school system for children with disabilities; the experiences of migrant children; managing transitions in social work, and others.

We’re delighted and honoured that our plenary keynote session will be given by world-renowned master clinicians Dan Hughes and Jon Baylin with their presentation, Pacing the foster child through transitions: creating a co-regulating, unconditionally caring relationship that travels with the child through changes of setting and development.

2021 conference programme

The IFCA National Conference offers an opportunity to adults who dedicate their lives and open their homes to vulnerable children, as well as those working alongside them in this endeavour, to gather, learn and celebrate.

As with last year, the 2021 conference will take place online on Zoom. While we look forward to the time when we can be in-person together at the conference again, the online format has enabled us to include a very high calibre of speakers from around the world in our programme. We hope you’ll find the conference informative, engaging and, especially for the children and young people - fun!

The conference programme will kick off on Friday, November 5th with four workshops and the Around the Table strand, which will offer a choice of nine sessions on some of the more specific aspects of transitions in foster care. The Saturday programme will begin with a range of distinguished speakers and guests at the official conference launch, continue with four more workshops and the keynote presentation, and end with a panel discussion. Children and young people will have their own conference launch and programme.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference! If we can be of any assistance please reach out to us in the IFCA office at (01) 4599474, admin@ifca.ie

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The Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) is the national organisation that supports foster families and the wider fostering community. We advance and promote best practice in foster care through support, learning and advocacy. Membership is broad-based and includes foster and relative carers, social workers, childcare workers, academics and others with an interest in or who are involved in foster care.

 

IFCA aims to build a learning community so that those with an interest in foster care can learn together, engage in dialogue, share experiences and develop the quality of fostering practice. The annual conference is one of a range of opportunities in IFCA’s learning programme which also includes training, seminars, and a biannual journal on foster care practice, policy and research, ‘Foster’.


 

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