Foundations Part 2, classroom training is to be completed following Foundations Part 1 training. Six three-hour sessions held in each of the Family Services Division Districts, twice a year.Smiling Child

Here is an overview of those sessions: 

1.  Connections and Identity 

This session will focus on identity and how caregivers can assist in making sure children/youth feel complete. It is important to support the connections children already have when they come into foster care.  Participants will learn about the conditions which lead to abuse, neglect, and youth delinquency.  Also covered is the purpose of foster care, information on basic human needs, permanency and supporting personal and cultural identity.

2.  Understanding and Supporting Attachment

Caregivers will learn how all types of abuse impact attachment, behavior and development.  Information on human development, the child’s attachment history, the attachment continuum and promoting mutual attachment will be provided, as well as an opportunity to apply this knowledge.

3.  Helping Children Cope with Loss

Every child who enters foster care experiences a multitude of losses. Families will begin to understand what losses a child may face and how they can support him or her in coping. This session will explore loss and grief, the voice of the child as they live through the many transitions in his/her life, the role of the foster parent, and the personal losses of the foster parent.

4.  Understanding Sexual Abuse and Trauma:  This session focuses on sexual abuse which affects many of the children who come into foster care. Participants will explore their own beliefs about sexual abuse, learn about normal sexual behavior in children/youth, learn how keep the children in their care safe, and how to handle disclosures by a child who is placed with them.

5.  Parenting Adolescents and Discipline for All Ages

Every child grows into an adolescent and this session gives an overview of what families can expect and how they can manage this often tumultuous time in a young person’s life.  There may be a guest speaker or teen panel who can share first-hand information on adolescence.  The second part of this session focuses on discipline for children of all ages, and strategies caregivers can use in their daily lives.

6.  Resiliency and Self-Care

Participants will examine the idea of resiliency and look at a wide variety of ways to foster resiliency in the children in their care.  Attention will also be given to the importance of self-care for caregivers.  Finally, this session may include a resource panel to provide families with more information as they journey into (or continue on with) foster care.