Kinship Live Virtual Webinar Training- “Education Series: Who Can Help Me at My School? Who does what and How can it Help our Family?” (8/22/23)


Kinship Live Webinar Events are offered at no cost.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Melissa Goins

Please register by 8/22/2023


School can be a confusing, frightening, and overwhelming place for many children. For Kinship children, it can be even more intimidating.  Relating to other children, making relationships, being academic successful, can be difficult for many kinship children.  Do I tell them I’m living with my grandma? What if they ask where my mom and dad are?  I don’t have the same type of clothes the other kids have-what if they make fun of me? What if I need help? Who can I trust for help? Whether they say it or not, these are just some of the questions kids have when heading off to school.

Join us on August 22 as we learn about the Family Resource and Youth Service Center (FRYSC) and the help they can provide children and their families.  Many don’t realize the wide range of supports that FRYSC agents provide to families and how they can support children. FRYSC agents can make all the difference in helping a child be successful. Learn how they can help your family!

About the Trainer:

  • Melissa Goins serves as the Division Director for Kentucky’s Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) located in most Kentucky Schools.  Funded through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the primary goal of these centers is to remove nonacademic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success.

Ms. Goins began her career working in the juvenile court system as a front-line worker, trainer, and field supervisor for a statewide diversion program. Prior to her position              as Director of FRYSC she served as the Family Services Manager for the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts where she oversaw the state’s Court Improvement                 Project and worked collaboratively with Kentucky’s child protection agency to improve outcomes and permanency for kids in care.

Ms. Goins is a member of the State Interagency Council, The Kentucky Board of Education Health Subcommittee, and the Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children            Board of Directors.  Ms. Goins received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communications from Georgetown College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the               University of Kentucky.


  • Paul Sherry graduates of University of the Cumberlands, formally Cumberland College.  Sherry began career in education in 1992 as an English teacher at Whitley County High School.  After five years of teaching moved into the position of Family Resource Coordinator at Whitley County North Elementary School.

Sherry serves on local boards such as Corbin Community Backpack Program and FRYSC Region 9 Advisory Council.  For the past 18 years, I have served in various positions            for, but am currently on the Executive Board serving as the Treasurer of FRYSCKy Coalition.


Please note: Although this LIVE webinar is designed to be an informative, educational, and helpful resource for kinship families caring for relative or fictive kin children, anyone is welcome to attend including foster parents, professionals, students, or community members.

It is our hope that by participating in this LIVE webinar, attendees will receive educational and helpful information. However, it is important to note that this webinar is not approved for foster parent training credit or CEU’s as attendance is not monitored during the webinar event.