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Volume 4 • 2003

Cook County Advocate • Page 3

Skokie Office 8100 McCormick Blvd. 1st Thursday of every month

Bradley Office 2500 W. Bradley Pl. Training Dates vary

Chicago 1911 S. Indiana 4th Friday of every month

November To be arranged

Cultural Issues and Transracial Placement

Changes in Rule 402— Licensing Standards

December

Stress Management

Holidays and how they affect the emotional stability of youth in care

Stress Management

Contacts

Peggy Bosell 847-745-3012

Carolyn Griggs 773-866-5706

Dorothy Jarrett 773-328-2309

Cook North Region responds to requests for local trainings

Cook North region established foster parent training teams at each of the Cook North sites. The response to the trainings from foster parents has been great so far. Previous topics have included Documentation and Record keeping, Educational Services, Asthma and Domestic Violence issues. Trainings are conducted by guest speakers, community agencies, or our own DCFS staff. These trainings occur monthly at each site and refreshments and training credit hours are provided. The offices will continue to work and revise the schedule to meet foster parents needs.

Please confirm participation in the training by contacting the people indicated above. Each team is looking to involve more foster parents in attending the training and in working with them to identify more topics of interest.

Cook South honors long-time support specialist and foster parents

The Annual Foster Parent Appreciation Luncheon was particularly special this year, as Cook South gave special recognition to Amelia Winfrey, a Foster Care Support Specialist, who retired after 15 years. Charles Bowden, Cook South’s Resource Manager, presented Winfrey with a special plaque from Cook South to honor her along with the Cook South foster parents.

Lorne Garrett, the Acting Regional Administrator for Cook South, was also in attendance. Garrett thanked the foster parents for their dedicated service to children and families. The program included presentations and performances by many talented DCFS staff and foster parents. The guest speaker, Richard Baker, one of Cook South’s

Educational Liaisons, spoke of his own pers- onal journey through the foster care system as a child, and the positive influence and support he received from his fos- ter parents.

Families from Cook South sit back and enjoy their Appreciation Luncheon.

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