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93. Presenter Heather Forkey, MD

2/12/2019, 9:00 AM Registration / 9:25 AM - 12:00 PM Presentation


The CARES Institute

Takes Pleasure in Announcing its
Experts in Child Abuse and Neglect Lecture Series:

Heather Forkey, MD

Transitional Assistance: Foster Care to Adulthood – Why, What and How We Can Do Better

Intended audiences: This presentation is intended for mental health professionals (including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers of of all levels, and licensed counselors), child protection workers, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, physicians, nurses, and all other disciplines not listed. Space is limited. No cost to attend.

This presentation has been made possible by continued support from
Wakefern Foundation.
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9:25 am
10:55 am
11:00 am
Youth Transitioning from Foster Care to Living Independently
Physical and mental health care needs of Foster Care Children
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Program Description:

Each year, approximately 30,000 children age out of foster care. Measures of adult functioning of foster care alumni suggest that a disproportionate percentage of these youth struggle. Expanding evidence from molecular biology, genomics, immunology, and neuroscience links the early experience of adversities with the subsequent impacts on health, development, academic achievement, productivity and mental illness that significantly impact this population. Yet childhood experience is not destiny. How trauma impacts the developing brain, how youth can be protected, what explains the variable response to adversity and the challenges of recognizing and responding to the effects of trauma and foster care to improve outcomes will be explored. This will include implications for all those in child welfare who care for children - from caregivers and clinicians to administrators and advocates.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  1. describe the specific strengths and challenges for youth transitioning from foster care to living independently as adults
  2. explain the concept of toxic stress and how its effects impact youth aging out of foster care.
  3. summarize recent science on the biology of adversity and variable response to trauma which impacts child transition from foster care.
  4. differentiate the specific physical and mental health care needs of children exiting foster care.
  5. develop a strategy to address the needs of youth transitioning out of foster care.
Heather C. Forkey, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and was recently named as The Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine. In her institutional roles as Division Director for the Child Protection Program and as Director of the Foster Children Evaluation Service (FaCES) of the UMass Memorial Children′s Medical Center, Dr. Forkey leads programs to address the needs of children who are victims of abuse, neglect and emotional trauma. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at Children′s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Forkey has been the recipient of local and federal grants to address issues of children in foster care and to translate promising practices to address physical and mental health needs of children who have been traumatized. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of child trauma and foster care medicine, has published and presents nationally on the topic, and her work has been highlighted in the popular press as well, including Forbes, The Boston Globe, and The Atlantic.

Dr. Forkey serves on the Steering Committee and multiple other roles for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and provides leadership for the American Academy of Pediatrics on issues related to foster care and child trauma. Locally, she works with regional and state programs to address the needs of children who have been abused and neglected and to improve the services and supports for our most vulnerable children.

Requesting Assistance: If you require assistance with hearing, vision or mobility to make this conference accessible to you, please contact the office at (856) 566-6744 three (3) weeks prior to the conference.

Accredidation: Please contact the CARES Institute at (856) 566-6744 or for information about continuing education credits.

Attendees must attend the entire conference, complete the evaluation for the session in order to earn CE credits. Attendees that meet this requirement will receive their certificate when they sign out.

Attorneys: Contact 856-566-6744 for more information on Course Approval.

Physicians: Contact 856-566-6744 for more information on Course Approval.

Psychologists: Rowan University - CARES Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rowan University - CARES Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NJ Social Workers: An application has been submitted for consideration of 2.5 clinical CE credits for this course.

Nurses: Contact 856-566-6744 for more information on Course Approval.

Registration deadline: February 10, 2019


The Conference Center at Mercer
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

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