Meet The Need:
South Carolina's Statewide Training on Adoption
Meet the Need 2023 offers two days of trauma-focused attachment-based training. The focus of this year's training is to increase our capacity and competence in meeting the complex needs of our children as adoptive parents, adoption professionals, clinicians, legal professionals, and state agency leaders.
The training features keynotes and breakout sessions led by nationally known experts in the adoption field including Katie Rinaudo from the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development, Nicole Coning of Harmony Family Center, Trent and Pam Taylor of Watch Me Rise, and Thompson Dove Law Group.
NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 1
1200 Hampton Street
8:00am : Check In/ Breakfast
8:45am : Welcome Presentation
9:00am : Keynote Presentation - Katie Rinaudo
10:00am-11:00am : Break Out Session 1
11:15am-12:15pm : Break Out Session 2
12:15pm : Lunch
1:15pm-2:15pm : Keynote Presentation - Nicole Coning
2:30pm-3:30pm : Break Out Session 3
3:30pm : Break
4:00pm-4:45pm : Keynote Panel - Lived Experiences
4:45pm : Closing Remarks
7:30am : Breakfast
8:45am-9:45am : Break Out Session 1
10:00am-11:00am : Break Out Session 2
11:15am-12:15pm : Closing Presentation - Amie Cooper
*Select your break out sessions during registration!
Over 50 topics offered led by expert speakers, including:
Creating Connected Boundaries: How to Help the Hardest Kids
Impact of Trauma: Brain, Bodies, Biology, Behavior, Belief System
Evidence Base for TBRI®
Assessing Adoptive Family Readiness
Adult Adoptee Panel: What Parents Need to Know
Adoptive Parent Panel: Setting Expectations
The Whole Family: How to Meet the Entire Adoptive Family’s Needs
How to Build a Village: A Guide for Creating a Healthy Support System
Katie Rinaudo is a Regional Trainer and Consultant with the KPICD. She is an alumna of Lee University and has a Master's Degree in Holistic Child Development. She is an adoptive sister, and has had career experience as a teacher, an AmeriCorps VISTA, and director and house mother at a children's home in Paraguay. Since becoming a TBRI Practitioner in 2018, Katie has focused on bringing TBRI to the US and Latin America and enjoys coaching families and organizations in English and Spanish. She lives in Cleveland, TN and was the founder of OrphanWise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping professionals and parents to care for vulnerable children.
Nicole Coning, Chief Executive Officer, has over 25 years of experience in the child welfare field specific to pre and post adoption support, family preparation for prospective foster and adoptive caregivers, and program development and administration. Nicole is a member of Harmony’s Executive Team and Board of Directors; she has been with the agency since 2008. She transitioned to her most recent role after serving as Harmony’s Chief Operations Officer. From 2015 – 2021, Nicole provided leadership as Tennessee’s Site Implementation Manager for the Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support (QIC-AG), a federally funded cooperative agreement sponsored by the Children’s Bureau. It is Nicole’s privilege to provide leadership and support to Harmony’s 100+ staff who provide excellent, innovative services statewide so all may live their best lives.
After her own personal adoption journey, Pam felt called to work on behalf of the children in Foster Care. She has been serving in this arena for the past ten years by leading a non-profit organization she founded in 2011. Pam now serves as co-founder of Watch Me Rise ministry alongside her adopted son. Together, Pam and Trent serve foster and adoptive families with a vast array of support services. Pam is a TBRI Practitioner, Making Sense of Your Worth Facilitator, art therapy practitioner and mental health coach. Pam considers it a true honor to walk alongside foster and adoptive families and to guide them to the healing that is found in God.
Trent entered foster care at the age of four due to domestic violence, extreme neglect,
and sexual abuse. After traveling a painful journey through the foster care system, Trent
was adopted at the age of nine and came to dramatic levels of healing from his
traumatic past. Trent, who is now 22 years old, and has devoted his life to helping
others find healing. Trent is a mentor, public speaker, has authored and published two
books. Trent recently graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Family and
Human Development. Trent serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Watch Me Rise, LLC in
Wake Forest, North Carolina. Trent is a trauma consultant and serves as a TBRI
Practitioner, Life Coach, mentor, and parent trainer. However, his favorite part of his job
is working one on one with children and youth to provide hope for healing. Trent gives
all the glory to God for his healing and strives to be a light in the darkness.
Geoffrey Nelson is a dedicated professional residing in the vibrant community of Waco, Texas, alongside his wife and two sons. His journey into the world of Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) began in 2012, through his work at Methodist Children’s Home. Geoffrey became a TBRI educator/practitioner in 2015. This marked the inception of his transformative path in understanding human relationship.
Over the past decade, Geoffrey has used TBRI as a foundational approach in his work. His influence has reached far and wide, impacting children, families, and professionals across a diverse array of sectors. From Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) to foster and adoption agencies, from the complex world of Corrections to the nurturing environment of Schools, Churches, and even the dynamic arena of business. Geoffrey's academic journey has roots in Baylor University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. Looking ahead, he aspires to earn a master's degree in business, further enhancing his ability to create impactful change. Geoffrey draws inspiration from the timeless wisdom of Dr. Karyn Purvis, who once said, "I don't care if they are one, or 100. all people need the same kinds of stuff." These words resonate deeply with Geoffrey and fuel his unwavering commitment to the holistic well-being of individuals, irrespective of their age or background.
Geoffrey Joined the KPICD as a Regional Trainer & Consultant in August of 2023.
Corletta has earned an Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Converse University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has spent the last 13 years serving as a School Mental Health Clinician in the largest school district in South Carolina. As a Chief on the School Mental Health Team, Corletta values her role in enriching clinicians and investing in school partnerships. She has presented at the Greenville County School Conference on Recognizing At-Risk Students and co-created mental health literacy lessons taught to all Greenville County School District high school students. Corletta would say that God has entrusted her with students and families that seek connection and understanding from a trusted adult. Though the diagnosis of her students vary, one thing remains the same; her students are valued and loved through the therapeutic connection that she provides.
In addition to her professional career, she and her husband, Jay, are Sunday school teachers to some pretty awesome second graders. Corletta and Jay have four children of their own, three of which they had the privilege of adopting during their 12 years as foster parents.
In her free time she enjoys working out, reading, and playing with her two Great Danes, Cruise and Zane!
Jennifer Danford is the Founder and Executive Director of The Jade Bridge, a 501(c) 3 organization based in Florence, SC but open to all adoptive, foster, and kinship families. Whether in bimonthly Family Fun Events around the Pee Dee, putting DSS Care Bags into the hands of children placed in care, leading online TBRI® Caregiver Training, in-home family coaching, or organizational training and implementation, Jennifer, a TBRI® Practitioner, and her team serve the entire unit when it comes to family. With over 25 year experience in the education and children's ministry worlds, and as a biological and adoptive mom, Jennifer knows kids, from babies thru college! She best understands trauma and the impact it leaves on the developing brain, as well as the hearts of all involved. As she leads The Jade Bridge, they aim to help grow healthy families into healthy communities for generations to come.
CHRISTY IRONS MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, BSN, BSpEd
Christy Irons has been a child advocate since she was 10 years old. Having been raised in a family that fostered children, Ms. Irons has built her own reputation as a strong advocate for foster children in South Carolina and family-less children internationally. Christy, and her husband, Nigel, have one biological child and adopted nine others. Ms. Irons has a widely read blog, The Sometimes 8 Irons, which chronicles the realities of a very diverse family life while actively seeking adoptive families for children in foster care. Ms. Irons holds bachelor’s degrees in special education and nursing, has a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is currently a doctoral candidate for nursing practice at Anderson University. She is a member of the advisory council of Children’s Rights, a NY based organization advocating for the rights of vulnerable children through the federal court system. Some may choose to adopt, and others choose to be advocates, Ms. Irons has chosen to distinguish herself in both areas.
TANA D. DUKES
Tana Dukes is a mom, wife, social worker and small business owner. She resides in Charleston, SC with her husband and two children. Tana has both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Social Work from The Florida State University. She has previously worked as a Case worker in the state of Florida's Child Welfare system, a licensing post worker in South Carolina, as well as a licensing supervisor for a private Child Placing Agency. She holds a LMSW in the state of South Carolina and is a TBRI Practitioner through Texas Christian University. Tana has always been passionate about foster care and adoption. She loves teaching and integrating all she has learned in the last thirteen years into impactful education so that parents, caregivers, and professionals alike can grow in our ability to foster the next generation into safety and wholeness.