Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2013 Pacific Northwest Caregiver's Conference

by Connie Kerbs

From January 20-22, 2013, caregivers from all over Washington State will be gathering to attend this important and quality caregiver training event.  Foster families, kinship families and adoptive families will have the opportunity to attend this two-night/three-day event at Great Wolf Lodge just south of Olympia, Washington.

The Keys to Successful Caregiving is our theme this year and we will be offering a well-rounded variety of state-approved trainings and panels given by some of the very best trainers, presenters, and community leaders in the field!  The goal of the conference is to “nurture” our caregivers with excellent trainings that will make a REAL difference to the vulnerable children they care for!  Before and after the daily training sessions and panels, Great Wolf Lodge offers world-class family fun with a water park and a great variety of other fun things for the family to enjoy together!

The third annual Night of a Thousand Dreams will be held in the evening of the National Martin Luther King Jr., Day of Service, January 21, 2013, also at the Great Wolf Lodge.  This special banquet dinner and fundraising auction event recognizes social workers, legislative officials, businesses/organizations and community members for their outstanding work and support of our state’s most needful children.  This ceremony will be held as part of the Caregiver’s Conference.

Registration for both the Conference and Tickets for Night of 1000 Dreams began on October 10, 2012!  This event will fill up quickly – don’t miss out!

We will also be running Kids Kamp for families needing childcare that will be attending the 2013 Pacific Northwest Caregiver’s Conference. The cost is $10 per child. Space is limited for Kids Kamp – so register now to assure the spots needed for your family!

Limited childcare will also be offered for Night of 1000 Dreams on a first-come-basis!  Again, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure child-care availability!  The cost will also be $10 per child for Night of 1000 Dreams childcare.

We will be accepting nominations for Night of 1000 Dreams through November 30, 2012!  Who do you know that deserves this special, formal recognition? Nominate someone who has made a difference to children in our communities and/or the families that care give those children!  Help us formally recognize them and celebrate the difference they have made at Night of 1000 Dreams!

We look forward to seeing you there, January 20, 2013 at the Great Wolf Lodge!

Visit www.fpaws.org for registration, nominations and more information!

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