All grandparents, relatives, kinship caregivers and professionals are invited to attend.

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Featured Speaker: Beth Tyson – Beth Tyson Trauma Consulting
Beth Tyson, MA, is a childhood trauma consultant, 3x best-selling author, and child welfare advocate. In addition, she has several years of professional experience as a trauma-informed psychotherapist working with children and families. Beth is currently the Director of Trauma Therapy for Grands Stepping Up, a non-profit supporting kinship families in Pennsylvania, and the founder of Beth Tyson Trauma Consulting. Beth earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Eastern University in 2013. In her free time, Beth is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a member of the CASA Advisory Council, and a contributing partner of WeHealUs and the Pennsylvania Child Abuse Prevention Coalition.

Conference Schedule

8:00-8:30 AM Registration — Resource Fair Opens

8:30-9:00 AM Successfully Raised Maddie Stiles

9:00-10:30 AM The Impact of Trauma & Loss in Kinship Families - Learn why children in kinship families push away the people who are trying to help them. Beth Tyson – Beth Tyson Trauma Consulting

10:45-12:00PM Workshop Session One

  1. Legal 101: An Introduction to Navigating the Legal System - This workshop will give grandparents a broad overview of guardianship, adoption and custody legal cases. Carl Devine, Fayette County Family Court Judge & Denotra Gunther, Fayette County District Court Judge

  2. Media & Technology for Young Children - Discover ways you can use media and technology to support playful learning experiences with children. Holly Ackerman – KET Early Childhood Education Consultant

  3. E-cigarettes, Vaping and Addiction: What Adults Who Care for Adolescents and Young Children Need to Know - Learn the health risks of e-cigarettes/vaping by young people, especially how exposure to nicotine and other drugs impact brain development and increase risk for addiction to other drugs. Angela Brumley-Shelton – Program Manager, UK College of Medicine

  4. Mindful Movement – Mindful Moments - Refresh and renew with this basic chair yoga and mediation session. Wendy Jett – LFUCG Aging Services

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch & Door Prizes

1:00-2:00 PM Workshop Session Two

5.Supporting Children Through Grief - This workshop will explain how grief affects children and how one can help support children in the grieving process. Emily Johnson – Kentucky Center for Grieving Children & Families

6. Protection and Advocacy 101 – Protecting and Promoting the Rights of Kentuckians with Disabilities- This informal session is designed to introduce caregivers and providers to Kentucky Protection and the legal services it provides to individuals with disabilities. Kevin McManis – Staff Attorney Supervisor, Kentucky Protection and Advocacy

7. Opioid Overdose Response Training and Naloxone Distribution - Attendees will learn how to respond to a person experiencing an opioid overdose and they will receive two doses of Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication. Scott Luallen – LFUCG – Substance Use Intervention Program

8. Kinship Benefits & Support - This workshop will focus on helping kinship caregivers understand the benefits that are available to them through the Cabinet of Health and Family Services. Shelia Rentfrow – UK College of Social Work

2:10-3:30 PM Keynote Session: Understanding Ambiguous Loss and How to Help Your Grandchildren Recover- Learn what ambiguous loss is and the invisible toll it can take on children being raised by their grandparents. Beth Tyson – Beth Tyson Trauma Consulting

Legal Consults

Volunteer Attorneys will be available for free legal consultations. To request a consultation, you will need to fill out the Legal Consultation Request form (on the back of the registration form) and send it in with your registration. There are a limited number of time slots, and they will be filled in the order received.

Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY

From I-75/I-64: Take Exit 115, then turn west on Newtown Pike. The Hotel is on the RIGHT at the SECOND stoplight.

From Downtown: Take Main Street to Newtown Pike. Turn right onto Newtown Pike and go approximately 5 miles. The Hotel is on the LEFT, before the interstate.

Rooms available for $139 per night. Call 859-455-5000 for reservations.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact 859-257-5582 by September 9, 2022.


The 2022 Conference is presented with funds from the following:

  • Fayette County Bar Foundation

  • Community Collaboration for Children Friends of Children

Conference Committee:

Joan Brandenburg, Grandmother
Maranda Brooks, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office
Ann D’Ambruoso, Family Law of Kentucky, PLLC
Mary Jo Dendy, Sandersville/Meadowthorpe Family Resource Center
Carl Devine, Fayette County Family Court Judge
Anna Dominick, Osborne Fletcher, PLLC
Sandra Flynn, Grandmother
Regina Goodman, Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging
Arion Jett-Seals, University of Kentucky
Kelly Justice, Division of Youth Services
Martha McFarland, LFUCG Aging Services
Kate O’ Ferral, Deep Springs Family Resource Center
Donna Rash, Raised by Relatives
Sheila Rentfrow, UK College of Social Work
Dale Sanders, Grandfather
Kristy Stambaugh, LFUCG Aging Services & Independent Living
Mary West, KET