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.

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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.