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This is a live interactive webinar. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join the workshop. *Click to view the workshop PDF flyer

Presenters: Christyn Hand, LCSW-C, earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work (UMSSW) in 2006. For the past 17 years, Christyn has worked within the child welfare system, beginning as a clinical social worker with Baltimore County Department of Social Services and most recently as a clinical social work manager with the Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKITFC).

Barbra Obst, MSEd, BSN, NCSN, is the Nurse Coordinator of the Therapeutic Foster Care Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is a graduate of Russell Sage College with a BS in Nursing in 1974, and Johns Hopkins University, Master of Science in Education in 1993. She has been a clinical adjunct professor at various community colleges in Maryland, as well as Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University.

CEUs/Category: 3.0 Cat. 1 CEUs

Course Description: Children and youth in foster care and their foster parents encounter barriers within the system that can impact their well-being and engagement with health care providers, educators, and others in community settings. This session explores how strengthening partnerships and clarifying of roles between child welfare workers, foster parents, and community providers positively impacts the services, supports and care that foster youth receive. Tips, strategies, and best practices, including Partnering for Success, an evidencedbased model focusing on cross-system collaboration and engagement of treatment foster parents, child welfare and mental health/medical professionals will be discussed.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • List national and local statistics regarding children in the foster care system and positive/negative outcomes
  • Summarize the similarities and differences between youth placed in licensed foster homes through the Department of Social Services vs. Treatment Foster Care (TFC) Programs as it relates to routines and specialty health care, trauma, medication administration, education, legal involvement, and training of foster parents
  • Describe the roles of TFC parents and interdisciplinary team members in cross-system collaboration
  • Discuss best practices for serving children and youth in foster care from admission to discharge/after-care in some case examples

Target Populations:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Clinical and medical staff
  • Direct support professionals
  • Other community service providers
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Students/trainees


Kennedy Krieger Institute, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs, and maintains full responsibility for this program. Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to social workers and licensed psychologists. A Certificate of Attendance will be made available for all other disciplines. No conflicts have been identified (this includes commercial support and research grants/funding). The registration fees include: $60 registration fee will be charged for professionals, $20 registration for parents/caregivers/individuals with disabilities, and $15 for students/trainees workshop registrations. Those registering as students must use their school email address at registration to confirm their student status. CEU credits will only be offered to those who registered and paid as professionals. 

There is no processing fee required for payment by check. Apply promo code "PAYBYCHECK” at checkout. All checks must be received five business days prior to the training. If you are paying by check, please write the date of the session on the memo line. For example: "SLS June 22, 2023."

Make check payable to: Kennedy Krieger Institute (In note section write "MCDD SLS June 22, 2024")

Mail check to: Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Attn: MCDD Training Program, 7000 Tudsbury Road, Baltimore, MD 21244

Kennedy Krieger Institute Employees ONLY:  If your department will be covering the cost of the training, please enter your budget code when prompted. Enter promo code "KKISTAFF" at checkout. Your total will go to $0.00 so that payment can be received via interdepartmental budget transfer. Those registering as KKI employees must use their Kennedy Krieger email address at registration to confirm their employee status.

Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be received by e-mail  seven business days before the training. No refunds will be made thereafter.

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. In this event, we will refund the registration fee only and not additional costs associated with attending the workshop. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-4114.