Module 5: Supporting Relationships Between Children and Their Families
The goals of the three sessions in this module are to help foster parents understand the importance of the child's family relationships, to develop their skills to support these relationships, and to provide ways for participants to share the parenting role and to help birth parents.
Session One offers participants ideas on how to manage diversity between children, their birth families, and foster families and how to respect the child's culture, traditions, and routines. Methods for helping children manage attachment and loyalty conflicts and issues related to the roles of siblings, extended family or kin, and friends are also covered in this first session.
Session Two provides foster parents with an understanding of the importance of supporting family relationships and ways to work with the family foster care team to meet the child's needs for family connections through visits and other contacts. Information en the goals of visits from each person's perspective and issues related to the location, frequency, and length of visits discussed. Participants learn ways to prepare children for their family visits, to provide support during and after visits, and how to support contacts other than visits.
Session Three focuses specifically on the concept of "Partners in Parenting.” After steps in the process of developing partnerships are presented, participants learn about the skills necessary to implement this concept and acquire information on how to share the parenting role and to support and help birth families.
Upcoming Events: Module 5: Supporting Relationships Between Children and Their Families
No upcoming course events at this time.
This module examines the impact of placement on one's family by devoting one session to exploring ways to help foster families manage the changes, transitions, and challenges presented by the fostering role and another session to helping participants manage the impact of abuse and neglect allegations.
The knowledge and skills developed during the four sessions of this module are critical to successfully fulfilling the foster parent role. The foundation competencies addressed pertain to assessing and building children's self-esteem, understanding behavior, and developing effective interpersonal skills. These sessions are designed to illustrate how to connect one's understanding of self-esteem and the meaning of behavior to the use of effective communication skills and the disciplinary process.