Ask an Advocate! A Child Welfare and Domestic Violence Advocacy Roundtable – Virtual – September 2020

Ask an Advocate! A Child Welfare and Domestic Violence Advocacy Roundtable

Audience: KCSDV Member Program Advocates and Staff , Child Welfare Professionals, including Reintegration and Family Preservation Case Managers and Family Support Workers; Social Workers; Mental Health Professionals; Foster Home, Kinship, and Adoption Workers; DCF Staff; CASAs

Sponsored by:

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Training Description:

Please join the Empowered Families Kansas Project Team, as they come together with advocates who are currently working with survivors of domestic violence and their children, to learn more about the role Parent-Child Advocates and Youth Advocate Mentors have with adult and child survivors of domestic violence.  This roundtable will provide an opportunity for child welfare professionals working with families experiencing domestic violence to clarify any questions they have about how advocates work with families or other community partners, including the confidentiality and mandatory reporting requirements of advocates; what parent-child and youth advocacy services look like for families; and how child welfare professionals and community members in Kansas can access advocacy services.

Capacity limit is 50 participants, so register soon! Due to the interactive nature of this roundtable, anyone attending will need to have access to and utilize a web camera during the roundtable.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the services provided by Domestic Violence Advocacy Programs to survivors of domestic violence and their children
  • Summarize the confidentiality requirements of Domestic Violence Advocates in Kansas
  • Explain the mandatory reporting requirements of Domestic Violence Advocates in Kansas
  • Describe how to refer survivors to their local Domestic Violence Advocacy Program

Facilitated by:

KCSDV Empowered Families Kansas Project Team

Guest Presenters:

Heather Blackburn, Parent-Child Advocate, Safehope, Inc.-Newton, KS
Jashel Marr, Prevention and Education Specialist/Victim Advocate, Safehouse Crisis Center-Pittsburg, KS
Tessa Simpson, Child Advocate, Stepstone, Inc.-Wichita, KS
Carly Tinkler, Campus Sexual Assault Advocate, Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas (DVACK)-Salina, KS

Date and time:

Thursday, September 24,2020
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline:
September 17, 2020

How to Register:

To register, Create an account and login, then select the number of people you want to register and click “Register Now.”

We welcome people of all abilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact Shelly Newman. Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.

Registration Questions:
If you need assistance registering, contact:
Shelly Newman,

This training will be presented via Zoom Meeting Platform, the link and password information will be provided to all approved registrants prior to the training.

Training Questions:
Kristina Scott or 785-232-9784

This publication was made possible by Grant Number 90EV0446 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Total Training Hours: 1.5


  • September 24, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
Registration for this event is closed.