The Philadelphia Department of Human Resources


Annual Adoption and Permanency Conference

Purpose, Passion and Potential

A conference for Adoptive, Foster & Kinship Families

Date: November 4th, 2017

Hosted by: Together as Adoptive Parents (TAP) Inc. 


The conference will be held at:

Sharon Baptist Church
3955 Conshohocken Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19131

Registration and Fees

If received by October 30th:

  • $20 per person for resource families
  • $40 for professionals

If received after October 30th:

  • $30 per person for resource families
  • $50 for professionals

Training Certificates for families -- no cost

Please complete the registration form online or send in the paper copy along with a check or money order by October 30th to:

TAP Inc.
478 Moyer Rd.
Harleysville, PA 19438-2302 

If you have an questions please call the TAP office at 215-256-0669. A brochure is available with more information.


Free childcare is provided however it is limited to 75 children from ages 4-16.

This year we will be taking ages 8-16 to the Franklin Institute. Each child must have a completed and signed permission form for each child before getting on the bus. The cost is free. The bus will be leaving at 9:30 am. 

Ages 4-7 will be staying at the church.

Lunch will be provided for both groups.

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Mrs. Terry Harrack

Mrs. Harrak’s keynote will address what she believes to be a vision for creating success for youth in foster care. Mrs. Harrak will share her personal experience in foster care as well as her journey and career in advocating for youth in care.

Mrs. Harrak believes the primary goal of the child welfare system should be to provide loving quality parenting for youth. Her own personal testimony is a powerful tool to highlight this.

She will also discuss advocating for the Foster Care Independence Act and the Chaffee program. The importance of having a youth voice during advocacy efforts will be high-lighted and the future of policy to promote parenting for youth in care.

She will end by discussing the important role foster parents played in her life, regardless of how long she was placed with them. Her keynote will end with a powerful message that every youth and child in foster care has the potential to thrive.


Session A (10:30am - 12:30pm)

Section 1

Title: Trauma-Informed Advocacy
Presenter: Meghan Johnson, MPH - Support Center for Child Advocates

Children who have experienced trauma need a safe and supportive environment as well as access to a host of services and resources that help meet their medical, educational, and therapeutic needs.

Participants will learn about the Child Advocates’ model of Whole Child Advocacy and identify strategies to connect children and families with services, resources, and opportunities that promote resiliency and recovery.

Section 2

Title: Sexual Abuse Language: What did my Child say
Presenter: Carla Sanders, M.S.W.

In this workshop, resource parents will learn normal development of children's sexual knowledge and behavior. The definition of child sexual abuse will be discussed. The workshop will focus on how to identify sexually reactive behavior and perpetrating behavior in children. Also, parenting techniques for foster children who exhibit sexually reactive behavior will be presented.

Session B (1:30pm - 3:30pm)

Section 1

Title: Supporting Foster Children Through Grief and Loss
Presenter: Patricia S. Eck, SWAN/Paralegal

Children and youth in temporary placements experience loss through the initial trauma of abuse and neglect and the secondary trauma of living with various caregivers. They have lost their sense of belonging and permanency. This 2-hour workshop will reveal the nature of grief and loss experienced by children and youth removed from their families; look at the resultant behaviors of loss and attachment difficulties that are expressed by children and youth; and examine approaches to managing behaviors and supporting/resolving feelings of grief and loss.

Section 2

Title: The New Age Bully: Social Media/Sexing
Presenter: William Quarles - Crisis Intervention Specialist

In this day and time social media has evolved from a networking/social function to becoming a weapon that has destroyed and changed many lives. This presentation will help us become more aware of the power of our posts and the effects that they may have on individuals.