Session will help understand childhood challenges

"Facing and Taming the Dragons: Recognizing and Responding to Childhood Challenges" is an all day session to be held at Smullin Center Friday, Jan 18 from 8 a.m. to  – 3:30 p.m.

Breakout sessions will help those attending  learn how to understand and better support children who may be showing aggressive behaviors, are drug affected, or living with addicted families. A panel of experts will talk about ways to understand and support children who: are living in foster care; have parents in the military; are living in families where parents may be mentally ill, divorcing, or dealing with death. These are tough issues. The expert presenters will provide information in a way that will also renew hope and energy for supporting children and youth in need.

 The keynote speakers are Ba and Josette Luvmour from Portland. Their goal is to "create a world in which all children are allowed to attain their full potential and families have the support they need to live in optimal well-being. "

Oregon Mentors will hold a free half day professional development workshop the day before at Red Lion, Jan 17, 2-5 p.m. Topics will help evaluate mentoring programs and  write a development plan to bring in more resources and recruit volunteers.

For information, call Roxann Jones, 774-7821 or go to

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