Supporting and Engaging Foster Caregivers During COVID-19

June 18, 2020 by Kelly Duer and Lea Williams

Audience: Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers

During this 60-minute webcast, you'll learn what the research says about the best ways to support and retain foster caregivers, and what successful strategies shelters and rescues are using to do just this. From training to communication to getting feedback on what your foster caregivers need, this webcast will teach you how to support your fosters and keep them coming back for more!

Join us Thursday, June 18 at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern (one hour)

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About Kelly Duer
Foster Care Specialist, Maddie's Fund®

As Foster Care Specialist for Maddie's Fund, Kelly's focus is on helping shelters and rescue organizations increase lifesaving through the implementation of robust foster care programs. Her role includes creating and providing training for organizations and their foster coordinators, writing, assisting with research on foster care and consulting with shelters. Her work with foster care and marketing has been featured in many national publications, websites and networks, including Animal Sheltering magazine, the Huffington Post, Best Friends magazine, BarkPost, Catster Magazine, iheartdogs.com, HuffPost Live and Fox News.


About Lea Williams, PhD
Nonprofit Consultant for the Volunteer Program Assessment

Dr. Lea Williams recently graduated with her PhD in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While completing her degree, she became heavily involved with the Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA), which is an innovative volunteer assessment system offered by the University to nonprofits free of charge. It is through VPA that Lea became passionate about nonprofit consulting, which is the career path she is currently pursuing.

In addition to consulting, Lea is an accomplished researcher. She wrote her dissertation alongside Dr. Steven Rogelberg on workplace meetings; she has also partnered with Maddie's Fund to better understand foster turnover and the impact of foster teams. When Lea is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two greyhounds in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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