Supporting Youth in Achieving Permanency 2019-2020

Target audience: foster, kinship, and adoptive parents

How can you best help adolescents in your home plan for permanency and a successful transition to adulthood? What types of engagement have worked best for youth at this developmental stage? This area of care can be extremely difficult to navigate. So it’s important to be informed and able to advocate for the kids in your home. This day-and-a-half training will provide a facilitated discussion among foster parents with various levels of experience in this arena while also providing you with specific skills around this important topic. 



Legal Preparation for Foster Parents 2019-2020

Target audience: foster parents, caseworkers, supervisors, case aides, new directors or county attorneys

The law of dependency and neglect is complicated, particularly for foster parents, kinship providers, and adoptive parents who are not always present in court and do not necessarily have legal resources available to them. This one-day classroom course delves into the laws that affect foster parents.


Child Welfare Response to Child & Youth Sex Trafficking: Module 4 for Caregivers 2019-2020

Target audience: foster, kinship, and adoptive parents

Given the intersection between child welfare and sex trafficking, child welfare professionals can play a critical role in identifying and reporting child/youth victims, determining appropriate services and placement options for victims, and helping to prevent future victimization of children/youth currently in care. But child welfare professionals cannot address trafficking alone. In this interactive two-hour module targeted to caregivers, you’ll examine basic information about child/youth victims of sex trafficking as you explore the child welfare system response to sex trafficking.


Never Underestimate the Power of Grief 2019-2020

Target Audience: foster, kinship, and adoptive families

Children and youth in foster care often struggle with grief for longer periods of time because of their complex circumstances and compounded losses. And preventing them from expressing grief and other emotions can further complicate their natural grieving process. When this process is interrupted, grief can take the form of behaviors that seem confusing, atypical, or just plain undesirable to grownups. In this critical classroom course, you’ll do a deep dive into the paired experiences of loss and grief and take your ability to provide high-quality care to the next level.


Editing Trainer: Michelle Mares

When Trauma and Discipline Intersect: Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) 2019-2020

Target Audience: foster, kinship, and adoptive parents

Parenting is challenging, particularly with children from hard places. When you care for these children and youth, some of whom were born prematurely, have been abused or neglected, or have been adopted internationally and have special needs, you’ll need caregiving strategies that meet their unique circumstances. Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI), developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, is an evidence-based parenting and intervention model designed specifically to promote resilience in children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalization, multiple foster placements, or maltreatment. In this innovative training series provided by the Kempe Center, you’ll delve into TBRI with our accredited facilitator, who will steep caregivers in the principles and techniques of the TBRI model.