SFTI 2018 Conference Registration Open!

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Strengthening Families Training Institute 2018


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Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6 & 7, 201

in Boise at the Riverside Hotel

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January 2017 Board Meeting

MEETING NOTICE: January 25, 2017
9:00 A.M.

The Idaho Children's Trust Fund Board will hold its Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the offices of the Idaho Department of Education, Len B. Jordan Building, 650 W. State St., Second Floor, Boise, Idaho.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00. Members of the public wishing to participate in person may do so by appearing at the Len B. Jordan Building at the designated time. Members of the public wishing to participate by telephone should contact the Children's Trust Fund Board offices (at 208-386-9317) to obtain the call in number and pass code.

This notice is published pursuant to §67‐2343 Idaho Code. For additional information regarding Idaho's Open Meeting law, please see Idaho Code §§ 67‐2340 through 67‐2347.

Posted 1/11/17

Facilitator Training for Stewards of Children

Create Safe Communities and Protect our Children! Get trained as a Facilitator for the Stewards of Children program. As a Facilitator you will raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.    

February 24, 2017 8a.m.-5p.m. Boise location to be announced.

Cost is $450. Full and partial scholarships are available. 

For more information and to register, please contact Norma Pintar at (208)386-9317.

Respecting Children's Boundaries

Article from the Public News Service by our Grant Manager, Taryn Yates:

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Respecting Children's Boundaries During the Holidays

Posted November 21, 2016

The holidays are a time for families to come together, but it also is important for parents and other adults to respect children's boundaries, according to Taryn Yates, grant manager for the Idaho Children's Trust Fund.

Though it may seem harmless to prompt, cajole or even force children to kiss grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family members, Yates says it can send a message that inadvertently leaves children vulnerable to abuse. 

"They're expected on some occasions to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable if it makes another person happy,” she explains. “And it's a very subtle message, but it can follow them throughout their lifetime – and so, they will not have confidence to stand up to people later down the road when they're uncomfortable, or when there's stronger boundary violations happening."

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates 90 percent of sexual abuse is committed by someone known to the victim. 

Yates says respect for children's boundaries is in no way meant to keep children from being affectionate. Rather, she says it's about respecting a child's decision so he or she can trust personal instincts later on. 

Yates acknowledges this conversation can be very emotional, because showing affection through hugging and kissing is a cultural norm, and family members might take it personally if a child doesn't want to do that. 

But since she became a parent, Yates says she's come to understand her role in setting healthy boundaries for her son. She says it's important to understand that affection and respect don't have to look the same.

"There's an alternative you can introduce to your children to show respect to their elders that doesn't make them uncomfortable – like a handshake, like a fist bump, like a high five – that still protects your children's boundaries, while showing the respect that's required in that moment," she points out.

Yates adds her son seems to prefer fist bumps and notes that, after all, a toddler giving a fist bump is adorable.

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