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Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Sponsor: Adoption Learning Partners (ALP) in cooperation with Our Children: An Education & Empowerment Series
Topic: “Color of Education”
Location: Webinar
Web Site:  
Notes: Fee: $18 + $2 (Session Certificate)

As parents, we all know how important providing a sound education is to our child. Ideally, a school is a nurturing environment where our children learn from teachers, coaches and classmates and start to imagine their futures. But sometimes things can get in the way of that dream. Societal biases as well as spoken and unspoken prejudices fuel expectations, and our Black children feel the impact.
We have assembled an esteemed panel of educators from various backgrounds and perspectives to explore the topic with us. We will pose to the panelists the concern we have heard from adoptive families who are raising Black children.
Concerns such as:
• The challenges your child may face beginning as early as preschool
• How best to advocate for your child in the face of biases in the school setting
• Ways to help close the achievement and discipline gaps










Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Sponsor: Family Partners of Morris and Sussex Counties
Speaker(s): Daele Phlegar, SCARC
Location: Family Partners of Morris and Sussex Counties
67 Spring Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Contact(s): (973) 940-3194, Ext. 19
Web Site:  
Notes: This workshop will assist parents or caregivers of children or young adults with developmental disabilities in understanding the eligibility and registration processes for disability services through the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Detailed discussions will include how eligibility for services is determined, how and when to register with the DCF and DDD, how to complete the application process for each agency, and how to keep your child current in the system through age 21. DDD application packets will be available. Light refreshments will be provided.




Date: June 1, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sponsor: CWLA (Child Welfare League of America)
Topic: Fiduciary Rule: In or Out? What Does This Mean for My Retirement Plan?
Location: Webinar
Web Site: 
Notes: Americans lose $17 billion every year from excessive fees and other conflicts of interest in their workplace retirement plans. The Department of Labor’s proposed Fiduciary Rule aims to fix this problem by requiring all financial advisors to act as fiduciaries to retirement plans that they advise. The Focused Wealth Management team is presenting this webinar to educate plan sponsors about executing fiduciary responsibilities in order to keep retirement plans in compliance and provide the best possible outcomes for plan participants.




Date: July 11, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sponsor: CWLA (Child Welfare League of America)
Topic: Supporting Teen Parents in Foster Care: The Nurturing Parenting Program
Location: Webinar
Web Site: 
Notes: Learn from the DREAMR Project. DREAMR stands for Determined, Responsible, Empowered Adolescents, and Mentoring Program.
• Implementation of the 3-5-7 Model™
• Mentoring Youth in Foster Care
• Supporting Teen Parents in Foster Care through a Nurturing Parenting Program






Date: September 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sponsor: Advocates for Children of New Jersey
Topic: 2017 Children’s Summit
Putting the needs of children first. #NJVotes4Kids
Location: Adelphia Restaurant & Event Center
1750 Clements Bridge Road
Deptford, NJ 08096
Web Site: 
Notes: Putting the needs of children first. #NJVotes4Kids

Calling all advocates! There could not be a more important time for children in New Jersey. The November election will decide our next governor, who will set the agenda for the next four years. Candidates need to know NOW that we stand for children.
Plus, the election is taking place against the backdrop of turmoil in Washington. Critical federal programs for children are at risk. NJ is one of two states that will elect a new governor this year. What happens here will have impact on federal policy, too.
What you can look forward to:
*Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor have been invited to share their agenda for kids
*Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus, which advocates to make kids a priority on the federal level, will discuss the landscape in D.C. and the potential impact on NJ.
*A panel of political insiders will talk about the challenges and strategies in elevating children's issues in the election and beyond.
*You will receive ACNJ's voter's guide and other information to help you advocate.


Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Topic:  Adoptive Parents Committee Meeting
Speaker(s): Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW
Location: St. Francis College,  Brooklyn.
Web Site:


Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Topic: Talking to Kids About Adoption - whether just starting or continuing the talk
Speaker(s): Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW
Location:  JCC of Manhattan
Web Site:  
Notes:  You can register at: Adoption Workshops at JCC Manhattan




Date: 3 Mondays in October, 2017
10/16, 10/23, 10/30
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Sponsor: Family Support Organization of Bergen County
Topic: Fostering Meaningful Behavior Change in the Home and Community

10/16: Why is my child behaving this way?! Common behavior problems and their function.

10/23: The “Pitfalls of Punishment” and the use of Extinction.

10/30: Think differently and create lasting behavior change!
Speaker(s): AIM Positive
Mr. Scott Rossig, M. ED, BCBA
Zack Ikkanda, M.S. Ed, BCABA
Location: Family Support Organization of Bergen County
0-108 29th Street
Fair Lawn, NJ 07401
Contact(s):  (201) 796-6209 x 102
Web Site:
Notes: This is a three (3) part series, when registering plan on attending all three sessions.
Adult supervision for youth age 5yrs and older is available and will be provided while parent/caregivers are participating in the workshop at no charge!
Please register by Thursday, 10/12.
All programs are FREE to participants and open to the public!


Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Sponsor: Family Support Organization of Bergen County
Topic: Improving Your Mental and Neurological Health
Speaker(s): Karen Ranzi, M.A.
Location: Family Support Organization of Bergen County
0-108 29th Street
Fair Lawn, NJ 07401
Contact(s): (201) 796-6209 x 102
Web Site:
Notes: Karen Ranzi is an international motivational speaker, plant-based health coach, certified natural food chef and a speech/language/feeding therapist. She is the owner of and She travel throughout the U.S. and abroad to present her impassioned message about health and healing through her talks on nutrition for ADHD and Autism.


Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Sponsor: YWCA Bergen County-- in Partnership with
At Home Companions
Topic: Healthy Community Workshop Series
“Senior Safety Night”
Speaker(s): Felicia Halpert, Vice President , Business Development and Information Services for Bergen IT
Jim Christopoulos, Silex Financial Group
Location: YWCA Bergen County
112 Oak Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Contact(s): (201) 444-5600 x 400
Web Site: 
Notes: Join us for an evening of practical advice on keeping yourself, your information, and your finances safe and secure.

Elder Abuse with Save the Abused and Frail Elderly (SAAFE)
The mission of SAAFE is to raise awareness of elder abuse, a reality that is often neglected and unreported, through community education and conferences.

Online Safety with Felicia Halpert, Bergen IT LLC
It is a client-centered, comprehensive tech support and strategy company for businesses, professionals, and homeowners.

Reverse Mortgages with Jim Christopoulos, Silex Financial Group
Jim is one of the few Certified Reverse Mortgage Specialists in New Jersey.


Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sponsor: Bergen County, New Jersey - Department of Human Services/Division of Senior Services/ADRC
Division of Senior Services-Advisory Council Education Committee Felician University-Institute for Gerontology
Caregiver Coalition of Bergen County
Topic: Caregivers Conference
Location: Bergen County Administration Building
Multi-Purpose Room, 1st Floor
One Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Web Site:  
Notes: “The Value of Caregiver Support” facilitator Justin Watrel, Post-Stroke Support Groups
• “Financial & Medical Powers of Attorney” (Legal Issues Every Caregiver Should Know), Anna Navatta, Northeast NJ Legal Services
• “Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s/Dementia” Kristine Allen, Act Now Foundation
• “Avoiding Caregiver Burnout” Carol Rickard, LCSW; Well YOUniversity


Date: October 18, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Topic: HOW TO ADOPT DOMESTICALLY & INTERNATIONALLY - a great place to start collecting information or moving the process forward
Speaker(s): Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW
Location:  JCC of Manhattan
Web Site:  
Notes:  You can register at: Adoption Workshops at JCC Manhattan


Date: Thursday, October 19th , 2017
Time: 10 AM – NOON or 2 PM – 4 PM
Sponsor: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America – National Memorey Screening Program
Topic: Free Memory Screenings
Location: Van Dyk Park Place
644 Goffle Road
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
Contact(s): Appointments required:
Please RSVP to our Concierge at (973) 636-7000
Web Site:  
Notes: Memory Screenings are simple and safe “healthy brain check-ups.”
Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and the result is not a diagnosis of any particular illness.


Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – Registration
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sponsor: Essex County CIACC (Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council)
Topic: Nurtured Heart Approach
Speaker(s): Jim Kimberling, LSW, Advanced Trainer, Nurtured Heart Approach
Location: Essex County Hospital Center
Multi-Purpose Room
204 Grove Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Contact(s): Laura Mattia, Essex County CIACC Coordinator
Phone: (973) 571-2822
Fax: (973) 571-2820
Web Site:  
Notes: Registration Is Mandatory!

The Nurtured Heart Approach is a relationship-focused methodology – founded strategically on “The 3 Stands” – for helping children, and adults, build their Inner Wealth and use their intensity in successful ways.
The approach has a proven impact on every child, including those who are challenged behaviorally, socially and academically.
The Nurtured Heart Approach has been shown to create transformative changes in children diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and other behavioral, emotional and anxiety related symptoms.
Helps parents and professionals create success and positivity while upholding limits and consequences.






Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 7:45 AM to 3:15 PM
Sponsor: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), The Center for Great Expectations.
Topic: Trauma at the Core: Applying Trauma-Informed Care in Mental and Substance Abuse Treatment
Speaker(s): Keynote Speaker: Joe Spinazzola, PhD
Featured Speakers include: Emily Bosk, PhD; Edward Ratush, MD; Debbie Ruisard, DSW, LCSW, LACDC; Loran Vocaturo, EdD, ABPP.
Location: DCF Child Welfare Training Academy
30 VanDyke Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Contact(s): Dr. Debra Ruisard
Web Site:
Notes: Approximately 75% of individuals with substance use disorders have experienced significant trauma. The implications of trauma are extensive and potentially multigenerational, leading to mental health issues, substance abuse, emotional, behavioral and relational difficulties. Trauma-informed care is an advanced, innovative, evidence-based clinical approach that addresses the underlying trauma as the core component of substance use and mental health disorders. By developing and enhancing the knowledge and skills of clinicians, we expect to improve the quality of care provided to this population and improve treatment outcomes. Trauma-informed care and its treatment model have the potential to be replicated with individual providers and throughout substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities.
Registration Fee: $75 before 11/1, $90 after 11/1 (full refund if canceled before 11/17/17, no refunds after this date)
Up to 5 CE Credits*


Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sponsor: NJ Statewide Network for Cultural Competence (NJSNCC), New Jersey Department of Health (NJ Health), Department of Children and Families, Project Launch, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (CJFHC), Rutgers / Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, THE BOGGS CENTER ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, NJ State Library - An affiliate of Thomas Edison State University.
Topic: 2017 Annual Conference “Improving Health & Mental health Literacy in Diverse Communities: Why Partnerships Matter”
Location: Holiday Inn National Conference Center
399 Monmouth Street
East Windsor, NJ 08520
Web Site: 
Notes: Learning Outcomes:
• Discuss health and mental health literacy challenges experienced by diverse populations and communities throughout the life span.
• Describe how to assess the accuracy and trustworthiness of health, behavioral health and disability-related information resources.
• Initiate networking and collaboration between libraries, consumers, needs and build on community assets and strengths.
Overall Goal: To improve access to culturally and linguistically appropriate information, resources and programs for meeting health promotion and disease prevention objectives.