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