This week I have been working with the awesome staff of the International Leadership and Development Center of Ukraine. We have spent the week in training and as always, the people that we are connected with are incredible, insightful and eager to learn. Our topic for this series was Building Trauma Competent Caregivers:Nine Essential Skills - a real focus on trauma informed care for orphanages and the country's foster and adoptive parents.
Sharing their groups ideas on the essential skills of trauma informed care.
These workers are applying the principles presented on the first day to their professional practice.
Because of the historic snowstorm that hit Ukraine just before we arrived, we assumed a planned visit from our new friends, the Wwojtasinskas from Poland was in jeopardy. We figured they couldn't come, but we were greatly surprised and pleased when we received a phone call that they decided to drive the 12 hours it would take for them to come to attend training this week.
David and I will be joining them at a national conference in Poland in June and they wanted to meet us, learn more about the training and best of all for me, make new special friends. Jarek and Eydta have been foster and adoptive parents for 17 years and care mostly for children with severe fetal alcohol syndrome. They are so supported by their dynamic 19 year old daughter, Ania, who even though very young, carries the same burden for wounded children as her parents.
One of the exciting things that may come out of this connection is ILDC may be able to meet training needs in Poland and partner with the Wojtasinska's foster care coalition to see it unfold.
The training series ended tonight and it is always a mixed moment for me. I met people that have touched my life and I hope in some small way, we were able to touch theirs.
Off to Kyrgyzstan in the morning..can't wait to get back with David!!!