Medically Complex: Annual August 16,17,24- 2024 Virtual and In-person breakout sessions option 2

Medically Complex: Annual events are offered at no cost for DCBS parents

  • 11:45 AM – G-Tube and Ostomy Site Care
  • 1:00 PM – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
  • 2:30 PM – Epilepsy
  • 3:45 PM – Cerebral Palsy

Registration Deadline August 15, 2024 at 2:45 P.M.

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This is a conference-style training event with virtual sessions on Friday and Saturday, August 16 & 17, 2024, and in-person sessions on Saturday, August 24, 2024.  The virtual sessions are 9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT & 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT on both days.  The in-person sessions will be on Saturday, August 24, 2024, from 11:00 am – 6:30 pm EDT.  Conference Check-in for Saturday, August 24, 2024, opens at 9:30 am EDT.  This event will provide DCBS and private agencies of Medically Complex Foster/Adoptive Parents the opportunity to obtain 12 hours of the ongoing training needed for recertification. You must attend ALL SESSIONS (virtual sessions and in-person sessions) to receive the 12 hours of credit. 

For the in-person training sessions, participants will have a variety of topics in breakout sessions to allow them the opportunity to attend the training sessions most relevant to the needs of the child in their care.  

The in-person session will be conducted through the meals. Therefore, attendance at meals is required to receive full training credit. Once again, You must attend ALL SESSIONS on August 16, August 17, & August 24 to receive the 12 hours of credit. 

Foster/Adoptive Parents must be in an approved Medically Complex Foster Home to attend. 


Information for Friday & Saturday Virtual Sessions August 16/17 2024:

The virtual training will take place via virtual live Zoom meeting. Participants will be required to have a laptop or tablet with reliable internet connection to participate in the live, interactive training. Participants will be asked to utilize camera and microphone capabilities, and will be asked to participate using chat features, Q&A and polls.

All four sessions, over the two days, must be attended via Zoom in order to gain the full credit and continue to be certified as a medically complex parent. 


Information For In-Person Sessions: 

Embassy Suites
1801 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
August 24- 2024
Registration Begins At 9:30 AM.

The in-person session will be conducted through the meals. Therefore, attendance at meals is required to receive full training credit. All 12 hours of training must be completed by attending ALL SESSIONS (virtual & in-person) on August 16, August 17, & August 24.

Foster/Adoptive Parents must be an approved Medically Complex Resource Home in order to attend.


Special Information for In-Person Sessions:

While children are welcome at the venue, children cannot be allowed in the training. This includes the lunch and dinner sessions. Please make sure your children have a care provider with them at all times, and that you have informed your worker/agency of lodging needs for children and care providers. Space will be provided for children and their care providers until they can check-in to their room. 

Cell phones are allowed in training sessions, but you are asked to keep them on “silent”, and if you must take a call, please step out of the room. 

Registration for the training begins at 9:30am. Attendees should plan to arrive early enough to allow time to register and receive their training materials. 

Training participants with a private agency will be required to pay $28.00 through the LMS system for meals ($10.00 for lunch & $18.00 for dinner), which is provided at the event and is part of the training. Training is conducted through the meal so attendance at the meal is required to receive full training credit. Private agency participants who choose overnight lodging for Friday are also responsible for their overnight lodging, which is $157.00 including room, taxes, and transient fees for Saturday, March 16, 2024.  Payment for lodging for private agency participants is also being done through the LMS system. Private agency participants should request their lodging via the UK Learning Management System to receive the discounted rate and not make arrangements separately. 

Note:  All overnight guests (both private agency and DCBS participants) will be required to provide a credit card upon check-in and a refundable deposit (hold) of $50 will be placed on their credit card for incidentals. 

Breakfast is not provided at the training.  Breakfast is only provided for overnight guests of the hotel. Please feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks to the training sessions. These items will not be provided.  There is a vending area available at this location. 

Participants with special dietary needs or restrictions (vegetarian, allergies, etc) or special lodging needs, should register those in the system or must contact Bryan Back at in advance of the training. Every effort will be made to work with the venue to accommodate those requests. 

Hotel accommodations will be available at 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, August 23, 2024. Check out time is 11:00 am EST on Saturday, August 24, 2024. Any attendee wishing special consideration for late checkout should inquire at the front desk on Saturday, August 24, 2024, the day of departure. 

The training will be located in the Conference Center located on the 1st floor. 

Note: Each person must register for the conference individually. 


Advanced registration is required.

# Time   Presentation Title  Presentation Description
1 11:00 AM- 11:30 AM Navigating the Medically Complex World with David Giannini MS, LCADC  This brief presentation serves to introduce the annual medically complex training. Attendants will be welcomed, process of training will be described, and there will be a few minutes for questions concerning processes of daily training. 
2 11:45 AM-12:45 PM G-Tube and Ostomy Site Care This presentation will cover basic care and common problems for various health needs of medically complex children. It will discuss tracheostomy care, g tube care, and ostomy care as well as common problems that can be treated at home. 
3 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children This presentation will cover issues facing foster parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. Among problems covered will be a focus on care, specific medical needs, modes of communication for these children. 
4 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Epilepsy This presentation will focus on epilepsy and how it affects children. At the outset, different types of seizures and how to recognize them will be discussed at length. After this, we will attempt to provide parents with details about creating a seizure action plan, in order to assist them in care of their children. To close the session, we will discuss treatment options and answer remaining questions. 
5 3:45 PM-4:45 PM Cerebral Palsy This presentation will include a few different objectivesFirst, there will be a review of the diagnostic criteria of Cerebral Palsy (CP). Also being reviewed will be the different types of CP and exam findings. Finally, the talk will detail common treatment and outcomes for children with CP
6 5:00 PM-6:30 PM Dysautonomias with Dr. Vinay Puri  This Session will focus on dysautonomias categorically. First, he will provide definitions and discuss symptoms and signs of the disorder. Next, he will focus in on brain injury and how this effects the disorder and its presentation. To close the session, he will detail ways to both recognize and treat dysautonomias. There will be time for questions at the close of this talk.

Additional information

Medically Complex Topic

Cerebral Palsy, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, Epilepsy, G-Tube and Ostomy Site Care