May 6th, 2019 Training



Monday, May 6th

6 PM – 7:30 PM

DHR Madison County

Join us on Monday, May 6th as Aaron Ryan, Attorney with Conchin Cloud Cole, LLC comes to speak from the eyes of a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL).

Aaron Ryan graduated from Cumberland School of Law in May 2007 and has practiced in Madison County and the surrounding areas since October of 20117. He focuses on family law and personal injury cases. He also speaks Spanish and represents many Spanish-speaking members of our community on varied matters.

Aaron began his dependency work the day before Thanksgiving in 2009 when he received a phone call from a now-retired judge to come represent a Spanish-speaking father in an emergency hearing. Since that time, he has represented countless parents and children in dependency matters.

Aaron grew up in Georgia where he and his twin brother were accomplished athletes on both the gridiron and baseball diamond. Aaron learned from his parents and coaches about the work and commitment it takes to be successful. However, as much as his family history and ethos informed his character, it was a two year missionary commitment in rural Mexico as a young adult that would solidify his path toward law school.

Working in one of the most impoverished villages among our neighbors to the south, Aaron did not speak a word of Spanish when he arrived, and his hosts did not speak a word of English. Yet, it was under these circumstances that he learned to relinquish all that does not matter in this life, and to embrace those things that do: fairness, compassion, fortitude, and a foundational belief in the dignity of every human being.

Childcare link will be sent out in the near future. Keep an eye on Facebook Event Page as well as Remind notice to RSVP.

Featured on The Foster Dads Website



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Thank you to Zach and Dave, The Foster Dads, for letting one of our own, Brandon Bishop, write about the myths and truths of foster care. Check out the article here:

Never heard of The Foster Dads? Well, they exist to amplify the voices of men involved in foster care and adoption, build connections between foster/adoptive fathers, and motivate other men to consider how they can support the foster/adoptive community. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and on their blog!

Monthly Meeting Changes



Just a reminder that starting with next week’s April 1st meeting at DHR, our monthly meeting schedule will be changing. MCFAPA is partnering with the monthly foster/adoptive parent support group that meets at Willowbrook church in Madison.

MCFAPA meetings will now be on the 1st Monday of each month at 6:00 PM at Madison County DHR. The Willowbrook support group will now be meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

The goal is to better streamline meetings. MCFAPA meetings will provide training on specific topics while the Willowbrook support group will provide TBRI / Trauma-informed training along with community with other foster/adoptive parents.

April 2019 Monthly Training

What does 504 and IEP mean to ME?!

Join us on Monday, April 1st for our monthly training as Holly Sharpe from Silver Linings Neurodevelopment comes to chat about education IEP and 504 plans. Not sure what these are or how best to advocate for one of these for your kiddos? Come and learn how!

Holly is a certified Alabama educator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with background experience in special/collaborative education and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Holly earned her Bachelor’s Degree and Professional Educator Certificate in Elementary and Collaborative Education from the UAH. After working with students on the Autism Spectrum as a special education classroom teacher, Holly was inspired to earn her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Autism Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Holly then completed additional coursework to earn her BCBA certification and provide Applied Behavior Analysis services to individuals with Autism and related disorders.

Holly’s experience as a BCBA includes direct classroom instruction, group instruction, parent and teacher/staff training, school consultations, designing and implementing treatment plans, progress monitoring, assessment, direct therapy/intervention, and behavior modification. Having had the privilege to work alongside many ABA providers in the Huntsville area, Holly enjoys collaborating with colleagues and area practices to secure best outcomes for clients on the Autism Spectrum and their families.

RSVP for childcare here. Please respond before Friday, March 29th.

See you there!