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09 OCTOBER 2010


fosterroster STATEWIDE UPDATE in this issue

Utah Foster Care Foundation Offices

Important Information P.1 Preventing the Flu P.2

Murray 5296 S. Commerce Dr. #400 Murray, UT 84107 Phone: 801.994.5205 Fax: 801.994.5206 Toll Free: 877.505.KIDS Ogden 3340 S. Harrison Blvd. #200 Ogden, UT 84403 Phone: 801.392.1114 Orem 252 N. Orem Blvd. Orem, UT 84057 Phone: 801.373.3006 Price 475 W. Price River Dr. #152 Price, UT 84501 Phone: 435.636.0210 Roosevelt Phone: 435.724.0959 Vernal 1052 W. Market Dr. Vernal, UT 84078 Phone: 435.781.4224 Moab 180 S. 300 E., Ste. C Moab, UT 84532 Phone: 435.259.3345 St. George 321 N. Mall Dr. #B102 St. George, UT 84790 Phone: 435.656.8065 Richfield 201 E. 500 N. Richfield, UT 84701 Phone: 435.896.1232

Celebrate Adoption P.3 UFAFA Update P.4 Western Region Update Begins P.5

Resource Parent ID Card Changes The Utah Foster Care Foundation is implementing a change that will make it easier for families to shop and save at our Partners in Parenting (PIP) businesses across Utah. For many years, the foundation has issued a Resource Parent ID Card to each currently licensed foster/adoptive family.

DI Vouchers If you have a child in foster care in your home who has not yet received DI vouchers, there are still some available. Please e-mail: or call 877.505.KIDS. Please note that all DI Vouchers expire December 31, 2010 and no exceptions are made.

Sometimes families would not receive these cards for a variety of reasons. This caused difficulties in getting PIP discounts. You will simply need to show your current Foster Care License (issued by the state) at the business to receive your discount. This change is effective immediately.

OSW TAL Scholarship The Olene S. Walker Transition to Adult Living Scholarship is accepting applications for Spring Semester 2011. Youth who were in DCFS foster care after age 14 or adopted after age 16, may be eligible. Check the Just For Youth web site for more information, applications and deadlines - education. For help contact Patti VanWagoner @801.652.2173 or Jode Littlepage at 801.707.9734.

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Preventing the Flu Information from the Health Care Nurses

It is FLU shot time again. Please remember to send in the HVR for documentation to the Health Care Nurse.

Trevor J. Birthday: 07/1993 Grade in School: 12th Heritage: Caucasian Trevor dreams of becoming a veterinarian someday. This young man loves animals and has often wished that he lived on a farm or in a home with pets. He also has a passion for photography. Playing football, being involved in a good game of basketball or enjoying a challenging video game are also ways in which Trevor enjoys spending his time. A great sense of humor and an appreciation for those around him make this kid a joy to be around. If your family can provide Trevor with the love and support she needs, we urge you to inquire.

For more information, please contact: The Adoption Exchange 801.265.0444

On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website ( they have listed some “Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.” There are two types of vaccines: • The “flu shot” — an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions. • The nasal-spray flu vaccine —a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu (sometimes called LAIV for “live attenuated influenza vaccine” or FluMist®). LAIV (FluMist®) is approved for use in healthy* people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1, and two other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus). The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body.

When to Get Vaccinated Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the influenza season, into December, January, and beyond. This is because the timing and duration of influenza seasons vary. While influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later. Who Should Get Vaccinated While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications: 1. Pregnant women. 2. Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old. 3. People 50 years of age and older. 4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions. 5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. 6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: a. Health care workers. b. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu. c. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated).

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Karen M. Birthday: 03/2002 Grade in School: N/A Heritage: Hispanic Little Miss Karen’s beautiful smile will melt your heart! This sweet girl loves the color pink, princesses, music, soft things, and anything in Spanish. Karen is responsive to positive people in her life. She’ll often share with them her great smile and will reach out toward them. She is typically a very happy child. If your family can provide for Karen with the love and support she needs, we urge you to inquire.

For more information, please contact: The Adoption Exchange 801.265.0444

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Utah Foster/Adoptive Families Association Update UFAFA Executive Committee President: Jennifer Gardner 1st VP: Renee Calkins 2nd VP: Cayce Thill Secretary: Michelle Ostmark Treasurer: Beth Hardman

Get Involved! By Cayce Thill 2nd Vice-President Utah Foster/Adoptive Families Assn. (UFAFA) Email Your Legislator What if every candidate running for legislative office this year had their email boxes flooded with the message below during the month of October? We think it would make a difference in how they view child welfare. We are asking you to simply fill in the blanks and email this to the legislative candidates in your districts. If you need to know their contact information, please email ufafa1@ Sample email: SUBJECT: District (fill in) Dear (fill in candidate’s name), Congratulations on making it this far in the campaign this election year. I just wanted to let you know that ____(number of children in foster care in your home) in my home, along with 2800+ children just like them, are waiting to see who wins the upcoming election. You see, if you win in November, you and your legislative partners become the custodial “parents” of these children. They are depending on YOU to make sure all of their physical needs are provided for. They depend on me, as their foster parent, to provide them with love, acceptance, nurturing and stability. It’s a big responsibility for both of us. Sincerely, (YOUR NAME)


Need Support? Working through difficult situations as a foster parent is often easier when we can do so with another parent who has already “been there.” Being able to talk through these tough times can validate us and lighten many of our burdens. But finding the right person to talk with can almost be as hard as working through the issue at hand. To provide our families with additional support, UFAFA is starting a mentoring program for foster/ adoptive/kinship parents and we need you! You understand the challenges our parents face daily because you have already worked through them. You can help nurture and support those families during their rough times, help preserve placements, and provide stability for our children. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or would like more information, please email We do not have access to all families’ email addresses. Please register on our website and send us your email address so we can update you. or

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in this issue School Supplies & Luggage P.5 Western Region Office Law Enforcement Interviews P.6

252 N. Orem Blvd. Orem, UT Phone: 801.373.3006 Fax: 801.373.3004 Toll Free: 877.373.3006

I Wish I Knew This...Then P.7 Training Updates P.9

Area Representative

School Supplies & Luggage In August, the employees of Convergys Corp in Orem had a contest to see which employee team would donate the most school supplies for children in foster care. It resulted in the largest individual school supply donation we have ever received! Over $1,000 worth of notebooks, pens, pencils, notebook paper, backpacks, scissors, glue sticks, markers, crayons, and more. Thank you Convergys Corp employees!! On the north end of the valley, the LDS

Pilgrim’s Landing 3rd Ward Relief Society was busily gathering new and used luggage, cleaning it and preparing it for distribution. Katie Barr, a leader on the Relief Society Enrichment committee, heard about the need for children in foster care to have their own luggage in which they can pack their belongings. She asked and received! The Missionary Mall donated close to 75 pieces of brand new roll-along luggage. In addition, ward members also donated bags, luggage, and clothing. Thank you!

Wendy Bunnell Foster/Adoptive Family Recruiter John Thill Trainer Nancy Zelenak Retention Specialist Jessica Hanneman


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Wishing Well Funds Utah Foster Care Foundation has funds available to meet the special needs of children in foster care when DCFS is unable to meet these needs for any reason. Funds are limited. Requests MUST include the following: • Child’s first name, last initial and age • Foster parent’s name and home address • Caseworker’s name and contact information • The item being requested and the associated costs • Brief description of how the child will benefit Request should come in writing by a foster parent, the child in care or the caseworker. PLEASE NOTE: • Dispersal of funds can take up to 4 weeks. • Checks are mailed to the foster parent’s home address. • Funds are for children in foster care ONLY. • Items covered by the foster care reimbursement or by Medicaid are not eligible. • Only requests previously denied by DCFS are eligible. VACATIONS: • A child in care can receive vacation funds only ONCE in their lifetime. • Vacations are restricted monetarily & may not cover all costs. SUBMIT REQUESTS TO: Jessica Hannemann Utah Foster Care Foundation 252 N. Orem Blvd. Orem, UT 84057 OR jessica.hannemann


Law Enforcement Interviews As a foster parent, there may come a time when a child in your care needs to be interviewed by law enforcement. If the child is in the custody of DCFS and has a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) appointed to them, the following steps should be followed by law enforcement: (UCA 62A-4A-415) 1. Contact the child’s DCFS caseworker to determine the name and contact information regarding the child’s GAL. 2. Contact the child’s GAL during regular Monday through Friday, business hours (the GAL attorneys are not generally available to handle after-business-hour telephone calls or contacts). 3. Provide the following information to the GAL:

the wrong doing and whether law enforcement has enough evidence available to file charges. · How soon the anticipated interview is to take place. · Other children in state’s custody that may be involved. The GAL should be able to respond to law enforcement’s request by the next business day. The GAL will generally make a decision regarding the requested interview based on such factors as: · Whether the child is being as a suspect, delinquent, perpetrator, or as a victim; · Whether the child already has a defense attorney appointed;

· Name and age of child · Requesting officer’s name, agency, telephone number(s); · The basis for the interview being requested and whether the child is being viewed as a victim or a perpetrator. If they are being viewed as a victim, provide information regarding the alleged perpetrator and whether the perpetrator is an adult or child. If they are being viewed in any possible way as a suspect, perpetrator, or delinquent, state the nature of

· Whether law enforcement has enough information to file charges on the child; · When a defense attorney may possibly be appointed by the Court for the child. If you have further questions please contact your child in foster care’s Guardian ad Litem at Fourth District Court 801.344.8516; fax 801.344.8597.

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I Wish I Knew This….Then By Janet McPherson Foster Parent, Western Region Our foster care license is about to renew for the fourth time. Looking back, we have had many amazing experiences along with heartbreak and a couple lifealtering events. Over 20 children have come into our lives. They continued their life stories with biological parents, extended family, and new forever families; one flew home to Heaven and one is with us forever. With every child we have learned and grown. A good RFC (Resource Family Consultant) is worth their weight in gold. Get to know your RFC and keep them updated. Invite her/him to Child and Family Team meetings and copy your RFC to any updates about the child to caseworkers, therapists, etc. via email. If you have a child placed in your home; a regular visit from an RFC by home visits, phone calls, emails, court, or child & family team meetings is to be expected at least once per month. If you have questions, ask your RFC. They can help with payments, necessary items, and finding resources for special activities. They may also have access to shelter or emergency clothing, diapers, and other necessities. I believe that the foster care system in Utah is not perfect; it is the best we have right now and it has improved over the years. Caseworkers are overworked, therefore busy. Be respectful of their time. Make their job easier by updating by email. Send a brief email once per week documenting what has happened

in your child’s life. Get paperwork (medical reports, records, receipts, etc.) turned in quickly and completely. Always keep copies in case the original gets lost. Most caseworkers truly care about children and foster families alike. If there are continual issues with a particular caseworker, it is okay to contact their supervisor. Have a network of medical doctors, therapists, and specialists available who accept what Medicaid will pay them. Don’t give providers your personal address and information. DCFS has a form with the address that you give to providers when you register a child for treatment. I give them my cell phone number for contact purposes. Get to know other resource families who can give you referrals. The most important thing I have learned is how important this job is. We are the most valuable advocates for our children. It takes “us” to support one tiny medically-fragile baby. Imagine a 3-month-old infant with severe medical needs because he was shaken. He came to us frail, broken, partially paralyzed and cortically blind. Everyone loved and played with him, taught him how to hold his head up, roll over, hold on to toys. We became his unofficial physical therapists. One day he smiled at us and looked directly at our faces as if he could see us. Then he giggled and started laughing. We knew why we had become a foster family.

Paint a Pumpkin, Meet a Foster Parent Parents Can Learn about Foster Care and College Savings Bring the whole family to the annual Meet a Foster Parent Pumpkin Festival on Friday, October 15th at The Gateway. While the kids decorate pumpkins, it’s the perfect time for parents to learn how they can help Utah children in foster care AND the importance of planning for their children’s higher education expenses with Utah’s 529 college savings plans. Additional information available at or 800.418.2551. Pumpkins, paint and decorating materials will be supplied by the sponsors of the festival, the Utah Foster Care Foundation and the Utah Educational Savings Plan. “Meet a Foster Parent” Pumpkin Festival Friday, October 15 1:00pm – 4:00pm The Gateway, 100 South 400 West North end, near the fountains Pumpkins available while supplies last. (In case of rain, the festival will take place in the Union Pacific Depot Grand Hall)

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Western Region Cluster Concepts Monthly Cluster announcements for currently licensed foster parents For in-service training details, see the training pages.

Cluster South Cluster

Clusters are groups of foster, adoptive and kinship families that meet together on a monthly basis.

Central Cluster

Clusters can help you:

Level III Cluster

• Obtain in-service training hours

Timpanogos Cluster

Kinship/Adoption Cluster

North Star Cluster

• Meet other foster, adoptive and kinship families Crossroads Cluster

• Get support • Arrange respite care

Wasatch/Summit Cluster


Meeting Info.

Jilean: 435.623.4049

All areas South of Provo.

Cayce: 801.426. 4880 Beth: 801.426.8782 Cindy: 801.785.1014 Jennie: 801.756.1845 Shanna: 801.360.2011 Amanda: 801.319.3678 Stephanie: 801.789.7753 No facilitator 06 call UFCF: 801.373.3006

See training pages for info. See training pages for info. Welcome Ami Chantrill! Welcome Becky Maland! New October training! (See pg. 10-11)

Meeting in November. Welcome Chaska Lance, RFC!

• Attend fun family activities Call the Cluster facilitator nearest you or contact Jessica at 801.373.3006 for more information. For more information on upcoming Cluster trainings, see “Upcoming In-service Trainings.”

Calling all resource family moms! Mark your calendars for Friday, October 22nd for our Western Region “Ladies Night Out.” Pedis, manis, get your hair did, mingle, eat, relax, LAUGH – all for $5/ person! An invite will be sent via email with the specific time and location. Please RSVP by Wednesday October 20th to Jessica.; or call 801.373.3006 ext 14. Leave your first/last name, phone


number and RFC first name. If you have questions, please call your Cluster facilitator, or Jessica. For currently licensed resource moms only. You do not need to have current placements in your home to attend. Earn up to 2 in-service hours.

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To Register For Classes:

Western Region Training Monthly training announcements for currently licensed foster parents

Contact: Nancy Zelenak Western Region Trainer Phone: 801.373.3006

From Hope to Recovery

Email: nancy.zelenak

Presented by: Allies with Families For 5 Thursdays you can learn about caring for kids with mental and behavioral health needs! Class ends November 4th.

Those That’ve Been There

October 7th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Provo City Library 500 N. University Ave.

Hear the stories, meet the young adults and get their perspective of life in foster care.

Sponsored by: Utah Foster Care Foundation

Toll Free:

Presented by: Panel of Young Adults

October 20th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Utah Foster Care Foundation 252 N. Orem Blvd. Sponsored by: Central Cluster

877.373.3006 Please be ready with your name, phone number & the title of the class you would like to be registered for.

Director of Education Mick Woolsey, LCSW Phone: 435.229.8808 Email: mick.woolsey

Strengthening Marriage Relations Presented by: Joy and Gary Lundberg The Lundbergs are local authors and inspirational speakers. Check this out: http:// Don’t miss this one!! October 13th 10:00 am - Noon Orem DCFS Office 1106 N. 1200 W. Sponsored by: Level 3 Cluster

Did You Know? As of July 1, 2010 there are 2,800 children and youth in foster care in Utah and 1,427 licensed foster homes.


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Western Region Training Monthly training announcements for currently licensed foster parents

Upcoming Trainings, Etc.

Anger Management

FFY #1

Your 1st Placement


Presented by Steve Anderson

Presented by Nancy Zelenak

Presented by Nancy Zelenak

A Support Group… Presented by Cluster Attendees

Third in the series. A final wrap up of skills and reporting. This series will be offered again after the new year.

“Building Trusting Relationships” is a required 4 hr training to begin your journey on helping youth ages 14 and older.

October 7th 6:30pm - 8:30pm American Fork DCFS 861 E. 900 N.

October 7th 10:00am - Noon UFCF Office 252 N. Orem Blvd

Sponsored by North Star Cluster

Sponsored by Utah Foster Care Founation

Relicensing Issues

FFY #2



Presented by John Ortiz

Presented by Nancy Zelenak

Amidst the Holidays

A Support Group…

Presented by Cacye Thill

Presented by Stephanie Larrabee

Ideas to help you and your family through the usually stressful holiday season. Bring a holiday snack and the recipe!

Come learn how other foster parents deal with the ups and downs of fostering. Please RSVP to the Cluster facilitator!

October 27th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UFCF Office 252 N. Orem Blvd

November 4th 6:30pm - 8:30pm 4101 Wood Road Eagle Mtn.

Sponsored by Adoption/Kinship Cluster

Sponsored by Crossroads Cluster

Frustrated with the licensing process? This will be the best time to get your questions answered and your emotions vented.

“Adolescent Behavior” is the focus of this 4 hr session. Required training for those wanting to foster children aged 14+.

October 18th 10:00 am - Noon Spanish Fork DCFS 607 E Kirby Lane

October 21st 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Orem DCFS Office 1106 N. 1200 W.

Sponsored by South Cluster

Sponsored by Utah Foster Care Foundation


This two hour training is a MUST for newly licensed parents (within your first year of licensure)! October 8th 10:00am - Noon UFCF Office 252 N. Orem Blvd Sponsored by Utah Foster Care Foundation

This is a fun opportunity to vent in a safe atmosphere. Come learn how other foster parents deal with the ups and downs of fostering. October 12th 6:30pm - 8:30pm American Fork DCFS 861 E. 900 N. Sponsored by Timpanogos Cluster

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Western Region Training Monthly training announcements for currently licensed foster parents

Upcoming In-service Trainings, cont.

FFY #3

Save the Placement!

Working on...

Balancing Your Life

Presented by Nancy Zelenak

Presented by DCFS Resource Family Consultants

Relationships with Youth

Presented by Sidnie O’Reilly

“Assessing, Planning and Teaming” is part 3 of this 4hr session. Required training for those wanting to foster children aged 14+. November 4th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm UFCF Office 252 N. Orem Blvd.

This training is presented by the RFC’s whom you know and love! They will share insights and experiences so that you can be successful! November 9th 6:30pm - 8:30pm American Fork DCFS 861 E. 900 N.

Presented by Bryant Jenks Bryant is a therapist at WMH. He will examine the building blocks of relationships with youth and encourage you through it all! November 10th 10:00 am - Noon Orem DCFS Office 1106 N. 1200 W.

Too many of us get overwhelmed by the daunting tasks we face daily. Setting simple weekly goals will help you develop the habits for true success. November 11th 6:30pm - 8:30pm American Fork DCFS 861 E. 900 N.

Sponsored by Utah Foster Care Foundation

Sponsored by Timpanogos Cluster

Living With a Child


FFY #4

Helping Youth

With a Mental Illness

Presented by Nancy Zelenak

Presented by Nancy Zelenak

Through the Holidays

Are you a new foster parent? If so, you will really benefit from discovering the many resources in our community and how to access them.

“Goals of Transition to Adult Living” is the focus of class 4. Required training for those wanting to foster children aged 14+.

Presented by Allies With Families Mental Illness is manageable. It is not always cureable. Ideas and tools will be shared to best care for this vulnerable population. November 16th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Heber City DCFS 69 N 600 W Sponsored by Wasatch/Summit Cluster

November 17th 6:30pm - 8:30pm UFCF Office 252 N. Orem Blvd Sponsored by Central Cluster

Sponsored by Level 3 Cluster

November 18th 10:00 am - 2:00 pm UFCF Office 252 N. Orem Blvd Sponsored by Utah Foster Care Foundation

Sponsored by North Star Cluster

Presented by Keena Gallop POT LUCK and training combined! The holidays in foster care can be quite tough on kids and youth. Learn what you can do to help. December 8th 10:00 am - Noon Orem DCFS Office 1106 N. 1200 W Sponsored by Level 3 Cluster


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In partnership with the Division of Child and Family Services

Utah Foster Care Foundation Board of Directors

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