Family Finding


4 day Boot Camp – March 26-29, 2018 – Edmonton-Dutch Canadian Club, 13312 –142 Street

4 day Boot Camp – May 15-18, 2018 – Calgary -TBA

4 day Boot Camp – June 5-8, 2018 – Lethbridge-TBA

4 day Boot Camp – Fall 2018 Dates TBD; Grande Prairie

Registration Information Will Be Available Shortly on the ALIGN Training Events Page  or contact for more information.

Update January 2018 – Recommended Resources

Center on the Developing Child Harvard University
Toxic Stress Effects on the body
Applying Brain Science to Child Welfare
The Science of Resilience
Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game

Turney K and Wildeman C. Mental and Physical Health of Children in Foster Care. Pediatrics. 2016;138(5): e20161118
Mental and Physical Health of Children in Foster Care Kristin Turney, Christopher Wildeman November 2016, VOLUME 138 / ISSUE 5

On Being
How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations Rachel Yehuda

Campbell Collaboration
The health and well-being of children placed in kinship care is better than that of children in foster care 2016

American Academy of Pediatrics
Unique Needs of Children in Kinship Care


Behavioral Epigenetics
Moshe Szyf gives a keynote presentation on behavioral epigenetics during the opening conference of the research group “Genetic and Social Causes of Life Chances

The Body Keeps the Score
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s leading experts on developmental trauma, explains how our long-term health and happiness can be compromised by prior exposure to violence, emotional abuse, and other forms of traumatic stress.

Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VIII Keynote Presentation – Terry Cross
Terry Cross – Founder of the National Indian Child Welfare Association now serving as senior advisor. He is the author of Positive Indian Parenting and co-authored Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care, published by Georgetown University. He has 40 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years direct practice.

Social and Behavioral Determinants of Toxic Stress
David Williams of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looks at the social and behavioral factors–including socioeconomic status, race, discrimination, and place–that play a role in triggering toxic stress for children and adults. He also discusses what effective solutions for reducing toxic stress and improving health

Gabor Mate: Attachment, Disease, and Addiction
Jack Shonkoff Harvard University Leveraging the biology of Adversity to Strengthen the Foundations of Healthy Development
Bruce McEwen Rockefeller University The Brain an Body on Stress
Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Health Across the Life Course—Core Story: The ACE Study

Update September 2017

Children  Services will be bringing Kevin Campbell the Family Finding  trainer across the province in 2018,  to provide  a 4 day boot-camps again and mentoring to help build provincial capacity. We are currently discussing how to bring youth and lifelong networks to Alberta with Kevin. Kevin will also be facilitating 2 workshops at the ALIGN annual conference in January. Kevin will be providing 2 – 1 day workshops for Caregivers in Edmonton January 24th and Calgary January 23th.  The Family Finding is an excellent approach to bringing Trauma Informed  knowledge into practice, aligning with the Signs of Safety and building resiliency in children through building  life long networks.

Kevin Campbell is an internationally known youth permanency expert, founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness and developer of the Family Finding model. This model is a set of strategies now utilized throughout the United States and Canada to establish lifelong supports for children and youth in care.  The Family Finding approach is aligned with the CIPF principles, particularly those of Preserve Family and Connection. Family Finding is also formally connected with the Signs of Safety® practice approach.
For further information on Family Finding, please contact: Kimberly Spicer, Manager, Preservation Supports Human Services, CFS 11th fl Sterling Place Phone: 780 643-9429

Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region are proud to have partnered with Kevin Campbell and Seneca Family of Agencies to be the Canadian Portal of Family Finding. Their goal and commitment is to bring Family Finding across the country and they now offer a variety of services and options to meet all of your training needs.

Click Here for a list of training topics offered by Kevin Campbell and/or Family & Children’s Services.

ALIGN Videos of Family Finding Presentations
Welcome & Opening Prayer
Kim Spicer – 6 CIPF Principles
Kevin Campbell Part 1
Kevin Campbell Part 2
Kevin Campbell Part 3
Kevin Campbell Part 4

Also See
ALIGN Resource Bulletin Family Finding

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