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    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • WebEx

    What Happens When You Disrupt a Secure Attachment?

    We will use attachment theory and research to discuss what happens when you disrupt a secure attachment. 

    Key points to be discussed include:

    • The identification of security and insecurity in infant attachment relationships
    • The importance of infant attachment relationships for later development
    • The caregiver behaviors that foster secure attachment
    • The consequences of disrupting early, primary attachment relationships

    Participants will be able to apply this information in their work to

    • Identify indicators of infants’ secure and insecure attachment
    • Support parent and caregiver efforts to develop and sustain secure attachment relationships with infants and young children
    • Advocate for continuity of care and stability in the attachment relationships of infants and young children

    Cheryl Fortner-Wood has a PhD in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University. She is a full professor of psychology at Winthrop University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in child and lifespan development and research methods. Her scholarship on relationships and development spans 25 years and includes national and international presentations and publications. She has testified as an expert in child development and attachment in two dozen family cases in 11 different SC counties and was cited in a 2018 SC State Supreme Court appellate decision. Dr. Fortner-Wood has serves as Co-Chair of the Adoption and Foster Care Focus Group of the National Council on Family Relations and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Attention Home in Rock Hill, SC. 


Building Community Resilience with Wendy Ellis January 11, 2019 1:00-2:30 Columbia, SC - Midlands Tech Airport Campus
Join Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow and George Washington University Faculty member Wendy Ellis as she dives into how health and education systems can align resources with community partners to overcome adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments (“The Pair of ACEs”). Midlands Technical College - Airport Campus, Mary Robertson Conference Center, Academic Center AC 143. RSVP to singram@scfirststeps.org

Children of Immigrants Series: Webinar 1 of 3 January 23, 2019 Webinar
"A Closer Look: The Unique Needs and Promise of Children of Black Immigrants and Refugee Children"
Children within immigrant families are often targets of discrimination and further marginalization, particularly within the current political context. Within this vulnerable and resilient population, children of black immigrants and children in refugee families constitute a growing segment of children in our society. Black children of immigrants--most with parents from Africa and the Caribbean--and refugee youth from Muslim backgrounds can experience significant health and economic disparities as they grow. This webinar will focus on the educational, health, and mental health outcomes of these two populations of children and include a discussion of research and policy recommendations on how to best serve and support them. 

SCECA Annual Conference       January 31 - February 2, 2019       Greenville, SC
“Every Child Needs a Champion!” Featuring Don Monopoli, Kimberly Johnson, and Kyle Greene

Annual Home Visiting Summit       March 4-5, 2019       Columbia, SC, University of South Carolina Alumni Center
Please mark your calendars to attend the Home Visiting Summit hosted by Children's Trust. The biennial summit is focused on providing a quality learning, networking, and systems-building opportunity for home visiting and early childhood interventionists in South Carolina. Attendees will gain strategies for strengthening individual programs and services, network with partners and peers in the field, and collaborate to strengthen the system of family-serving programs throughout the state.

Prevent Child Abuse America  National Conference       September 16-18, 2019      Milwaukee, WI
Join colleagues from the prevention, home visiting, research, academic, child welfare, and public policy fields, among others, as we discuss the cutting-edge research, innovative program practices, and impactful public awareness and policy strategies that help move child abuse and neglect prevention upstream.

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