Approach Matters/Permanency Matters - Oklahoma City

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Check In Time: 
8:30 am

Professional Development Training: Approach Matters/Permanency Matters

It has been often said, "it's not WHAT you do, but rather HOW you do it." Nothing could be more true when it comes to creating permanency options for youth in foster care. Designed for all permanency professionals, this conversation challenges us not only to make permanency practical, but also to increase our sense of urgency for youth's outcomes. This interactive, fast-paced, fun-filled workshop intends to introduce effective approaches to youth permanency.


  • To develop principles about engaging youth and families
  • To understand the contrast between youth development and permanency
  • To create strategies that help make permanency practical 
  • To remind of the importance of engaging families in this process

Michael Sanders serves as a national trainer and consultant for numerous school, juvenile justice and child welfare systems. With over 25 years experience in both public and private human service systems, he brings enthusiasm for children and families in humorous and exciting presentations. Currently, Michael provides technical assistance for the Annie E. Casey Foundation with the Child Welfare Strategy Group and the Center for States in the area of youth engagement and redesigning the process of recruitment and retention of resource families. This gives him the opportunity to assist with the reform of several child welfare systems, which has served nearly 80% of children nationally in out of home care. 

Michael is considered a national expert on youth issues and participates on several panels and workgroups focusing on youth issues. For the past 15 years, he has focused on assisting systems with remembering the importance of permanency for older youth in the child welfare system. He provides consultation on balancing youth's needs for a family, and preparation for adulthood. Michael has served as a Technical Assistant for the California Permanency for Youth Project and the California Connected by 25 Initiative. Additionally, he has worked and partnered with Casey Family Programs and the National Resource Center for Youth Development. 

As a former juvenile probation officer, child welfare social worker, and supervisor and adolescent therapist, Michael's career has focused on adolescent issues. He has provided consultation to 45 states in both giving youth "voice & choice" and engaging youth in systems reform. Michael completed his formal education in Illinois, BA from Bradley University and MSW from University of Illinois. 

Who should attend?

Child Welfare Specialists, Indian Child Welfare Specialists, Foster Parents and other helping professionals working with OKSA eligible youth

Continuing Education Units

.6 CEUs are available through the University of Oklahoma


Hyatt Place OKC Bricktown
20 Russell M.Perry Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
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