Cultural Issues in Parenting

This course examines transcultural foster parenting including: cultural differences to expect when a child joins the home, cultural needs of children by age group, stereotypes based on race, color, and ethnicity, ways to support a child's sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression,how to cope with culturally insensitive or hurtful episodes

Instructors Expert – Tanya Coakley, PhD, specialist and professor in the studies of foster care and cultural competency.
Course Duration 4 credit hours
Course Delivery Self-Directed, Online
Course Provider Foster Parent College
Course Type Self-Directed, Online

Children enter foster care with their own cultural background, which influences their behavior, beliefs, and world view. Children benefit when foster parents respect and are supportive of their cultural differences, including differences in customs, sexual orientation, and gender identity. This class examines how parents can support children's cultural development at various ages and offers suggestions for coping with insensitive or hurtful episodes at school and in the community.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • give examples of cultural differences to expect when a child enters a home
  • describe aspects of culture
  • recognize stereotypes based on race, color, and ethnicity
  • describe the cultural needs of children by age group
  • give examples of ways to support a child's sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression

Course Details

Course Type: Self-Directed, Online
Duration: 4 credit hours
Mandatory for P.R.I.D.E. Levels of Pay:
Recertification Required:
Provided by: Foster Parent College
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