MC3 2018 Think Tanks

In addition to three workshop time periods with over 15 options, we are offering a Think Tank session with additional opportunities for facilitated discussion.  Concurrent Think Tank conversations will take place in the Great Room from 4:00-4:45 p.m.

Reproductive Justice in Action  

Facilitators: Shelly Dodson, All-Options PRC Center Director & Amanda Lamm, All-Options PRC Center Program Coordinator

Over the course of a lifetime, many people will experience not only pregnancy and birth, but also abortion, pregnancy loss, adoption, and various paths to parenting.This fun and engaging Think Tank will introduce the All-Options model of providing our innovative all-options support across the full spectrum of experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion and adoption. Through interactive exercises and discussion, we will explore our values and biases, explore pregnancy experiences in context, and share skills and tools for supporting people across all their pregnancy and parenting turning points. 

Foster Care Licensing and Relative/Kinship support for unlicensed placements

Facilitators: Faye Ebel-Orr, Julie Stevens, & Gay “Anne” McLain

Representatives from the Department of Child Services will provide a brief explanation of the foster family licensing process as well as current need for foster parents in the State of Indiana. The Relative Support Specialist will discuss the process of making relative/kinship placements and what services and support can be available for these placements. A question and answer session will follow.

More than Leashes Connect Us: A look at Interspecies Association

Facilitator: Leslie Hudson, Humane Education and Animal Program Manager for the Monroe County Humane Association

Pets are part of many children’s lives. Parental involvement, research, and planning are necessary to achieve responsible pet ownership and a positive experience for the whole family. Many studies show that a child who learns to responsibly care for an animal also develops more humane attitudes toward people as well. Developing positive feelings about pets can contribute to a child’s self-esteem and confidence. A good relationship with a pet can also help in developing non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy. Having such abilities will alternately help children have high interpersonal skills. Many argue these skills are key to a more successful life. This session will introduce concepts and health benefits of humane education and the human-animal bond. Together, we will explore how to improve and celebrate human and animal connections and identify animal welfare obstacles to overcome.

Collegiate/High School Recovery

Facilitator: Alex Shaffer

The purpose of this discussion is to inform people about the purpose and impact a collegiate recovery program can have on individuals in recovery on college campuses. For individuals in recovery coming from high school, a collegiate recovery program allows for a smoother transition into a college lifestyle, that typically involves drinking and drug use.

Connected and Collaborative: Social Service Nonprofits Working Together

Facilitator: Michael Shermis, Nonprofit Alliance

Why and how do nonprofits work together? How do you move from cooperation and coordination to collaboration? What are some specific strategies to make collaborations successful? What do major community funders think about collaboration? Together will explore these questions while talking about examples of nonprofit collaboration that work.

Father-Child Engagement and Child Well-Being Roundtable

Facilitators: Melissa Ritter & Kendall Machledt

The POPS (Providing Opportunities for Parental Success) program is a responsible fatherhood project aimed at strengthening positive father-child engagement and improving healthy relationships and economic stability through the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs), skills building, case management, supportive services, and community collaborations. Father engagement is linked to positive outcomes and decreased negative behaviors (e.g. drug use, problems at school) for children. Yet, lack of healthy relationships and parenting skills can lead to family separation and father absence. Economic instability hinders children’s financial support and can cause relationship conflicts that influence long-term father-child engagement, the income available to the child, and child well-being. Alternatively, improved relationships positively correlate with father-child engagement and employment.

What are local organizations doing to support and/or facilitate father engagement with children (Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., YMCA, etc)? Can Monroe County do more? Are there plans or grant funding available to provide more fatherhood and father-child initiatives? What are the current community resources for mothers? And how could those be replicated to reach fathers as well?

Healing Connections: Amends, Forgiveness, and Restorative Justice

Facilitator: Nick Philbeck, Restorative Justice Case Manager at Community Justice and Mediation

This think tank discussion will explore the kinds of connections that affect how individuals and societies heal, and how healing processes affect connections. Participants will be provided information about how children experience conflicts, interpersonal harms, and injustices, as well as information about what children typically need in order to resolve conflicts, heal from harms, and experience restored justice. Participants will then engage in discussions aimed toward identifying ways people can help children heal and how to foster conditions that promote safety, healing, and justice.

Using example scenarios, participants will have opportunities to practice utilizing resources designed to assist with evaluating what people need in order to heal and whether healing is being achieved, understanding how to help children appropriately make amends and apologies, and understanding healthy ways of achieving forgiveness.

Additionally, information about restorative justice philosophies and practices, and roles these have played within the Monroe County community, will be offered as examples of local county responses designed to promote healing in response to youth-related violations and harms. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own understandings of conditions in Monroe County that affect such healing for children, and to consider ways that the connections made during the MC3 Summit can be carried forward to foster a safer, more just community in which all people can properly heal and thrive.


MC3 2018 Think Tanks