The PicMe Project: Krishana

My good friend and fellow photographer continues to do amazing work to help kids in foster care. Check this out!

The PicMe Project

In many ways, Krishana is the typical image that one has of a teenage girl. She floats between childhood and young adulthood and yet she doesn’t quite dwell in either world. On the one hand, she will try to convince you that she is very sophisticated as she talks about taking selfies and boys. On the other hand, she still prefers to sleep with a night light or sleep on the floor of her foster sister’s room. Those who know her best feel that she would really thrive and blossom in a family that is able to provide her with unwavering commitment, loving guidance, a nurturing environment, and most importantly, their time and attention.

To learn more about adoption, or to join the PicMe Network, please email

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I just read this quote and it brought me to tears.

“FASD is devastating. What disability results in sufferers being good at small talk but without substance? Then add a kind heart but a violent temper, complex needs but no insight, a small frame with big expectations and perhaps worst of all, a damaged mind but a beautiful face.”- Elizabeth Russell

New! Online Summit – Educating Traumatized Children

Online Summit
Sept 30 – Oct 10, 2014

Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) is hosting a FREE summit that brings together the latest on creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools. 

As a parent, teacher, school administrator or child welfare professional, you know that a child’s early trauma can have significant impact on his/her ability to learn in a typical classroom.  And the behaviors and struggles of traumatized children are often overwhelming.  What can we do?

ATN is presenting 22 audio interviews during our 10-day summit that will explore these topics and give examples of some very exciting programs and strategies being implemented across the United States.  Listen in for FREE or buy the entire summit as audio recordings (mp3) and/or as transcripts.

Topics include:

  • Trauma Sensitive Schools
  • The Impact of Trauma on the Brain’s Ability to Learn
  • How to Recognize Children with Attachment Disorders in Your Classroom
  • Teaching Self-Regulation
  • The School Counselor’s Role
  • Trauma Smart Preschools
  • Using Engineering Education to Teach Empathy
  • Is it ADHD or Trauma?
  • Virtual Schooling as an Attachment-Focused Option
  • Alternative Approaches to Teaching Those with Attachment Trauma
  • Reducing Restraints & Seclusion by Using Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Special Education Basics

Register Here:

Adoptions Together – Upcoming Webinars

On-line training is convenient, affordable and informative! 
Trauma, Attachment and the Developing Brain for Parents
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
7:00 – 8:30 pm
* sponsored by CareFirst
Children who have experienced disrupted attachment and trauma can sometimes behave in ways that are troubling, confusing, and even frightening.  We now know that trauma can significantly impact the way that the brain develops and functions, and that these changes in the brain can contribute to problematic and puzzling behaviors in children.  This webinar examines “typical” childhood development versus development clouded by abuse, neglect and trauma.  Participants will learn interventions and strategies to help their children manage the impact of a traumatic past.
Navigating the Birth Parent Relationship
Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:00 – 8:30 pm
The relationship between adoptive and birth parents is at once complicated, challenging, and highly gratifying.  It is only natural for adoptive parents to worry about how to build and sustain a connection that keeps the best interests of their child as the priority.  This seminar explores several critical issues related to birth parent relatioships such as establishing clear agreements, what to say (and not say), mutual understanding and respect, ongoing communication through pictures and letters, steps to take if problems arise, and keeping the lines of communication open.  Search and reunion and the growing impact of social media are also addressed.  Being informed and prepared is the first step toward reducing anxiety and establishing a healthy foundtion for you and your child.
Living With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum DisorderThursday, December 6, 2012 7:00 – 8:30 pm
* sponsored by CareFirst

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of the leading causes of mental retardation in this country.  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an irreversable lifelong condition that can impact every aspect of a child’s life and the life his/her family.  Children wtih Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder typically experience educational, social, and behavioral challenges.  Early identification, diagnosis, and appropriate inteventions can increase the potential for children with FASD to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.  This seminar helps parents to better understand the impact of FASD on the child and family system so that they can intervene effectively and put appropriate services and supports in place.

Helping Children Cope with Anxiety and Stress
Thursday, January 10, 2013
7:00 – 8:30 pm
* sponsored by CareFirst
It is normal and common for children to feel anxious in response to life stressors.  For some children, anxiety can be so pervasive and intense that it interferes with healthy functioning.  Because children may not always recognize or clearly communicate that something is bothering them, it is important for parents to recognize the warning signs of stress and anxiety.  This will allow them to intervene early and offer support.  This seminar explores signs and symptoms of anxiety in children, effective parenting approaches for supporting the anxious child, and when and how to seek professional assistance.
SAVE the DATE for Adoptions Together’s Annual Parent Education Conference
Understanding Trauma and Sexualized Behavior in Children and Teens
Saturday, February 23, 2013
9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Foster Care and Adoption Symposium – May 4, 2012

Hope Village Invites You to Attend the 6th Annual Foster Care and Adoption Symposium

Learn about Trauma, Attachment, Sensory

Integration & Related Services.

Relevant training for parents and professionals!

May 4, 2012

Re/Max Premier Conference Center 44675 Cape Court #110 Ashburn, VA 20147

Registration $20

Fee includes breakfast, lunch, and workshops!

 Exhibit Tables Available
CEUS & Certificates of Participation Available

Key Note:

“Sensory Processing and Recovery from Trauma & Attachment Disorders”

JoAnn Kennedy, OTR/L

Professional Workshop:

“Attachment, Trauma, & the Developing Brain” Janice Goldwater, LCSW-C

Parent Workshop:

“When Love is Not Enough; Services for Success” Lori Thomas


For more information: Or call Lori Thomas at 571-243-5364 Register: Hope Village Symposium


FASD Lecture – April 19, 2012

Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture Series

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institues of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

cordially invites you to attend the 

Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture


FASD: It’s What’s Behind the Face that Matters –

Effects of Prenatal Alcohol on Brain and Behavior

Presentation delivered by Edward P. Riley, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor in Psychology

Director, Center for Behavioral Teratology

San Diego State University

Thursday, April 19, 2012

1:30 to 3:30 pm


Lipsett Amphitheater

National Institute of Health

Bethesda, Maryland

FASD Conference

Fifth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder:

It’s a Matter of Justice

Conference Dates:

April 18-21, 2012

Conference Description:

This conference will provide a forum to share research, experience and practice in order to discuss how we can effectively sustain and enhance the lives of adolescents and adults with FASD, their families, service providers, and communities. Are we adequately addressing and supporting the needs and rights of adolescents and adults with FASD within our society? Do individuals with FASD have timely and appropriate access to health care, housing, social services, legal and civil justice and employment? How can we build on the strengths of existing systems to identify and address barriers and move forward to provide effective ethical support? How do we provide focused and targeted approaches across services, and systems to create an integrated and collaborative approach to supporting individuals with FASD? These are the essential elements for social justice and we are just starting to explore and understand what will be required to put these into action.

Learning Objectives:

  • To expand our understanding of FASD as it presents in adolescence and adulthood
  • To explore FASD within the context of the intersection of multiple systems (education & vocational training, civil and criminal justice, disability services, child and youth welfare, and other health and human services)
  • To discuss new findings and innovative programs, projects, and practices that are making a difference as well as evidence from scientific, clinical, and community researchers in the field
  • To discuss ethical issues about service delivery and support for individuals with FASD
  • To network, interact and engage in discussion with others in the field and to hear from individuals most directly affected by FASD

Who Should Attend:

This conference will be essential for those living or working with adults with FASD. It will also be of critical interest for those supporting adolescents with FASD and planning for their futures. It will be of particular interest to the following professionals/individuals:

Administrators/managers,  alcohol & drug workers, corrections workers,  counselors, dentists, educators/administrators, elected officials/hereditary officials, employment services, financial planners, First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, government ministries, housing officials/providers, immediate and extended family, individuals with FASD, judges, lawyers, members of faith communities, mental health specialists, nurses, occupational therapists, peers, physicians, police officers, policymakers, private/public funders, program providers, psychologists, researchers, social service providers, social workers, speech language pathologists, spouses/partners,  vocational rehab service providers and other interested professionals/individuals.

FASD Workshop May 11

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Children Workshop

For professionals and parents

This workshop will be an in-depth exploration of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in children. Like many mental health disorders, intrauterine exposure to alcohol results in a range of outcomes along a spectrum rather than a simplistic, categorical, yes/no classification. As the vast majority of these children go unrecognized or misdiagnosed, the prevalence of FASD makes it a problem of much significance for our culture. The various pathways by which alcohol affects the fetus, the variability of developmental impacts, patterns seen in children with FASD, the FASD child in school, adult outcomes,and treatment interventions will all be covered.

University of Maryland
Friday, May 11, 2012, 9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Baltimore, $125, CEUs: 5, Instructor: Lawrence Smith, LCSW-C

FASD Webinar Series

 NTI Upstream 2012 Webinar Series

Optimal Outcomes for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
NTI Upstream

About the NTI Upstream 2012 Webinar Series 
NTI Upstream’s webinars are designed to help individuals and communities translate
clinically-based research into strategies that serve families and children affected by prenatal substance exposure.
This first series of webinars focuses on advanced topics in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. It has been developed with experienced clinicians, attorneys, child welfare, and social service professionals in mind.
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Upcoming Webinars 
May 7 – Medication and Children with FASD
June 25 – Cybertraps for Children and Adolescents with Difficult Behavior

August 27 – FASD and the Courts

October 29 – FASD in Adolescents: Special Considerations

December 17 – Eight Steps to Managing a Child’s Difficult Behavior

Please visit for more information!

NTI Upstream is a multimedia production and publishing company dedicated to advancing the conversation about the issues of health and social welfare. We specialize in producing resources that focus on the healthy development of children and their families, and are a recognized leader in translating information and knowledge into educational programs and materials accessible to both professionals and the public. Our catalog includes acclaimed works of narrative and research-based non-fiction, award-winning films and videos, and informative software, brochures, and training manuals.
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