Date(s) - 06/26/2014
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This session provides information on the critical issues faced by military families when a parent is deployed and the children are in need of kinship care. When the need for care occurs, both the person being deployed, and the caregiver, end up “on duty.” It is important for child welfare professionals to understand the stress experienced by military families at the time of deployment and the needs at the time of reintegration. Anxiety, and fear as to what will happen; as well as the profound experience of separation of the child and parent create special challenges for the kinship caregiver. Kinship care for military children is often short term and ends when the parent returns from active duty. On other occasions the kinship arrangement lasts longer due to lethal casualties or suicide, injury, substance abuse, and trauma (PTSD) associated with active duty service. This webinar provides a description of the need for care, the needs of kinship caregivers and how to work with children who are placed in kinship care. Participants will be given useful intervention strategies on how to work with the veteran, the kinship caregiver and child to assure the safety and well-being of all. Key policy issues regarding how the military works with the service person will help the participants understand the practice interventions.
Presenters: Kimberly Kick, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker has been working with service members, veterans, and families for over 23 years. She serves as a Military Family Life Consultant and is a trained disaster mental health specialist. Jennifer Bantner, Lieutenant Colonel, USAR has over 21 years of military experience in both the active and reserve forces. She was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army through the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
One CEU credit hour is available for this webinar presentation. There is a $10 fee for CEUs for non-members and no charge for CWLA members. If you are interested in CEUs, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.