Training Topics

Resource Parents include kinship providers, licensed foster parents, adoptive parents, and permanency guardianship parents who are caregivers to children placed in their homes by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS).  Resource Parents play a unique role in supporting the entire birth family – not just the child or children entrusted to their care, but their birth parents and siblings, as well – in furtherance of the Reunification Plan developed by the Family and the Department.   Training offered for Resource Parents is designed to offer support and guidance on specific issues that are often unique to families providing support to children in DHHS’ custody.

Documentation for Foster/Adoptive Parents

This comprehensive training will help you organize and maintain objective information about children in your care.  Through practice and review, you will learn to document events that you have seen and heard, to distinguish fact from idea, and to keep everything organized in one place!   Accurate documentation can help to inform you about your child's growth and progress, as well as provide valuable information to teachers and providers.  Lastly, in the event of an allegation, your documentation can provide accurate information captured in a time close to the event.

Transitioning Children from Foster Care to Adoption

When fostering, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that the children entrusted to your care are NOT your children.  When you make the commitment to adoption, those children become your children legally - but need to be able to claim you (and you them) emotionally, socially, and psychologically.  This workshop can help you with some tools to work with children to understand the life-long commitment that is adoption as well as help you understand some of the inevitable challenges you will face during the adoption journey.

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Parenting a Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Written by the parent of three children affected by fetal alcohol exposure, this curriculum offers a valuable insight into understanding the strengths, potential, and challenges faced by children with FASD.  From visual activities to illustrate the impact of a baby's brain on drugs, to sharing of real-life stories of the parenting joys and challenges, this day-long training can help you to re-energize and refocus your perspective to understand all that your child can achieve.

Grief and Loss in Foster Care and Adoption

Adoption and foster care are only created through loss - the loss of an intact family.  Each member of the triad - the birth parents, the adoptive/foster parents, and the child, are impacted by grief and loss even as there may also be joy.  This workshop is designed to help you explore some of the aspects of grief and loss that you may experience through the foster care and adoption journey.

Resiliency in Foster Care and Adoption

This workshop will look at resiliency research and help you to focus on the daily interactions you can take with your children to promote their strength, resiliency, and potential.  It is a workshop that is designed to give families hope and to focus on the amazing gains that children can make even after facing adversity.

Understanding Your Role in Court as a Foster/Adoptive Parent: “You Want Me To Testify?

Are you a foster parent who may be called to offer testimony in a child protective case?  Even for experienced members of the legal and law enforcement community, offering testimony in court can be a frightening prospect.  This workshop is designed to help you understand what to expect and to offer you some practice in the basics of courtroom testimony.

Supporting and Maintaining Birth Family Connections

Children need to understand their history and heritage throughout their lifetime.  During foster care and even after an adoption, children can benefit from maintaining connections to members of their birth family.  This training is designed to help you facilitate those vital relationships while maintaining a child's sense of safety and identity.

Kinship Issues in Foster Care and Adoption

This workshop focuses on issues specific to kinship care providers.  From the guilt, grief, loss, anger and sense of isolation that providers often feel, this day-long training will help you to feel energized about the care you are providing and help you focus on the joys as well as the challenges of being a kinship care provider.  In addition, you will be provided with valuable resources that can help you as a kinship care provider, and hear from a panel of kinship care providers about their experiences.