Inspiring Presenters

Explore the research, evidence-based best practices, and new ideas to support sons/daughters within our foster care system with these presenters:


Mary-Lynne Snedden

Kira Regan

Alan Leschied

Daniel Sinclair

Dave Williams

Jocelyn Sakal Froese

Judy Sebba

Mike Clare

Nikki Luke

Rick Hanson

Susan Rodger

Stephan Lund

Peter O'Toole

Sarah O'Donohue

Brenda Clare

Landy Anderson

Quincy Berry

Monica Nordenfors

Jean Skelton

Ingrid Hojer

Calvin de Haan

Meet the Presenters-Linked

Landy Anderson

Landy Anderson

Author, The Foster Parent Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Child Welfare Matrix

The Impact of Fostering on Biological Children of Foster Parents

Quincy Berry - Videographer

This presentation provides insight on how others within the system view us as foster parents and explains ways in which we can develop a positive working relationship with the workers in our fostering lives.


Quincy Berry

Quincy Berry

Former Crown Ward, Videographer for Landy Anderson


The Impact of Fostering on Biological Children of Foster Parents

Videographer for Landy Anderson

This presentation provides insight on how others within the system view us as foster parents and explains ways in which we can develop a positive working relationship with the workers in our fostering lives.


Mike Clare

Mike Clare

Professor - Social Work & Social Policy, University of Western Australia (2010)

The Impact of Fostering on the Biological Children in Australia

Co-Presentaton with Brenda Clare

In this presentation, Mike discusses specific policies and procedures are needed to determine the ways in which the children of foster carers should be supported.


Brenda Clare

Brenda Clare

Director - National Board of the Australian Association of Social Workers

The Impact of Fostering on the Biological Children in Australia

Co-Presentaton with Mike Clare

In this presentation, Mike discusses specific policies and procedures are needed to determine the ways in which the children of foster carers should be supported.


Calvin de Haan

Calvin de Haan

Masters Student, University of Lethbridge - Alberta Foster Parent Association member

Little Ones: Perspectives of Young Bio Kids (4-6 yrs)

In this presentation, Calvin will describe the experiences of young bio kids in foster families. He discusses some of the challenges and positives young bio kids experience. The presentation includes video interviews with his bio kids which capture the unique understandings young bio kids have as a result of being part of a foster family.


Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson

Psychologist & Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley

Noticing the Small Things: Taking in the Good

In this talk, Rick will discuss how foster families can turn everyday experiences into powerful inner strengths, including kindness toward yourself, grit, gratitude, and self-worth.


Ingrid Höjer

Ingrid Höjer

Professor - Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Sons and Daughters of Foster Carers: An Often Neglected Perspective

Co-Presentation with Monica Nordenfors

This study was about the natural children of foster carers and the aim was to describe and analyze their experiences of growing up with foster siblings.


Alan Leschied

Alan Leschied

Psychologist & Professor - Faculty of Education, Western University

Why Would Anyone Want to Do This? Understanding the Impact on Foster Families Who Are Involved in Providing Care

In this talk, Alan explores what foster parents of children have to do to ensure their safety while also managing many other aspects of their very difficult lives.

Kinship Care: In Consideration of the Children

This presentation is in the context of kinship care providers own biological children and the impact of bringing a child into the home and the protection and safety of their own family.


Nikki Luke

Nikki Luke

Research Fellow - Rees Centre for Research in Fostering & Education, University of Oxford

Impacts of Fostering on Foster Carers’ Children: An International Literature Review

This review of the international research on the impact of fostering on foster carers'children was undertaken in order to identify the ways in which carers' children might be more effectively prepared and supported when their families are fostering.


Stephan Lund

Stephan Lund

Executive Manager - Out of Home Care & Specialist Services, Wanslea Family Services

Fostering Together: Better supporting the Daughters and Sons of Foster Carers

In this presentation, Stephan will share experiences which lead to the creation of evidence-informed booklets to engage daughters and sons, foster carers, social workers, and other professionals.


Monica Nordenfors

Monica Nordenfors

Senior Lecturer & Researcher, University of Gothenburg

Sons and Daughters of Foster Carers: An Often Neglected Perspective

Co-Presentation with Ingrid Höjer

This study was about the natural children of foster carers and the aim was to describe and analyze their experiences of growing up with foster siblings.


Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole

Head of Support Services - Irish Foster Care Association

Invisible? Support for the Children of Foster Carers

Co-Presentation with Sarah O'Donohue

In this talk, Peter and Sarah share the current research and its implications for resources and support of children of foster carers.


Sarah O'Donohue

Sarah O'Donohue

Master's Student - Counselling & Psychotherapy - Dublin City University (DCU)

Invisible? Support for the Children of Foster Carers

Co-Presentation with Peter O'Toole

In this talk, Peter and Sarah share the current research and its implications for resources and support of children of foster carers.


Kira Regan

Kira Regan

Master’s Student - Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education, Western University

Youth and Social Media: Understanding How to Better Support the Children of Foster Carers

This presentation will summarize the literature on social media and youth,and provide implications on how it can utilized by the children of foster parents.


Susan Rodger

Susan Rodger

Psychologist & Associate Professor - Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education, Western University

Supporting the Biological Children within the Foster Family: The Impact of Stress and Trauma

In this presentation, Susan discusses how do we help our children be a part of this team that we are forming within the context of foster care.


Jocelyn Sakal Froese

Jocelyn Sakal Froese

PhD - Literature & Cultural Studies, Graphic Novelist

Kinship and Dignity: How my Role as a Foster Sibling Shaped my Worldview

This presentation explores Jocelyn's personal story how her family came together through kinship, which is unique to how foster families come together.


Judy Sebba

Judy Sebba

Director - Rees Centre for Research on Fostering and Education, University of Oxford

Impacts of Fostering on Foster Carers’ Children: An International Literature Review

Co-Presentation with Nikki Luke

This review of the international research on the impact of fostering on foster carers'children was undertaken in order to identify the ways in which carers' children might be more effectively prepared and supported when their families are fostering.


Daniel Sinclair

Daniel Sinclair

Communications Manager
The Fostering Network

Sons and Daughters Month: How The Fostering Network Helps Celebrate the Role of the Whole Fostering Family in the UK

In this presentation, Daniel shares strategies used by the Fostering Network to recognize, thank, and support the sons and daughters of foster parents. This talk is about their #ProudToFoster campaign in Fall 2016.


Jean Skelton

Jean Skelton

Certified Solution Focused Therapist - Highland Shores Children's Aid Society, Cobourg Ontario

Changing the Script: Relationship is the Key

In this talk, Jean will share a therapeutic model which was developed and can be easily used to support the sons/daughters of foster parents.


Dave Williams

Dave Williams

Lecturer - School of Languages, Law & Social Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

The Retrospective Experiences of Birth Children of Foster Carers in Ireland

This doctoral research explored how birth children attempt to influence fostering decisions and process.