Foster Parent Training Classes
Session 1: Orientation to Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care
- Information on the differences between foster care, adoption, and kinship care.
- The importance of reducing moves for children.
- Review the foster parent application and process.
- Requirements of Ohio Revised Code.
Session 2: The Child Protection Team
- Overview of the child welfare system and the role of a substitute caregiver.
- The Team Decision Making Process.
- The role of foster parent as a team member.
- Community resources and support group information.
Session 3: Child Development
- The core concepts that shape our understanding of early childhood development.
- An overview of brain development.
- The importance of attachment, self-regulation and initiative in development.
- Factors that enhance development.
Session 4: Trauma and its Effects
- How childhood trauma can affect development, including brain development, emotions, and behavior.
Session 5: Child Sex Abuse
- Overview of child sex abuse.
- Potential indicators of sexual abuse.
- Creating a safe home environment for children who have been sexually abused.
Session 6: Minimizing the Trauma of Placement
- Strategies caregivers can use to help the child feel safe and accepted in their home and community.
- The importance of maintaining connections.
Session 7: Transcending Differences in Placement
- Understanding diversity, including participants’ own, to better understand and respect the diversity of each foster child that comes into the home.
- Ways participants can prepare their home and community to provide a welcoming, safe, and nurturing environment for a foster child.
Session 8: Helping the Child Manage Emotions and Behaviors
- Strategies to manage emotions and control behaviors that caregivers can use to assist children who have experienced trauma.
- Rules around corporal punishment.
Session 9: Understanding Primary Families
- The rationale for foster caregivers to promote connections to primary family members, particularly primary parents and siblings.
- How to employ a non-judgmental approach while working with primary families to promote reunification.
Session 10: The Effects of Caregiving on the Caregiver Family
- The impact of foster care and adoption on the individual members of the caregiving family.
- The impact on caregivers’ relationships with each other.
- Coping strategies and survival plans.
Session 11: Long-Term Separation from Birth Parents
- The emotions children and youth experience when reunification efforts with their birth parents fail.
- Feelings of adopted children or children in long term placements.
- Typical triggers and long-term grief.
- The personal perspectives of adopted individuals.
Session 12: Post Adoption Issues for Families
- The adoption dynamics impacting families.
- Openness in adoption.
- Stages of adjustment for new adoptive families.
- Post adoption services, including subsidy.
Foster and Adoptive Parent Training Schedule