The Impact of Fostering on Birth Children

At the end of this course, you will be able to: explain the three phases of a foster placement, explain how birth children may feel in each phase, know how to ease foster family stress in each phase

Instructors Expert – Charley Joyce, LICSW, counselor, foster care consultant, and supervising social worker in the foster care and adoption field.
Course Duration 2 credit hours
Course Delivery Self-Directed, Online
Course Provider Foster Parent College
Course Type Self-Directed, Online

Adding a foster child to the household naturally stirs up a variety of emotions. Birth children of foster parents may be excited at the prospect of a new child in the home, but at the same time may be jealous of the time and energy their parents devote to the new child. This course explores what birth children may feel through all phases of the fostering process and offers tips for helping them cope.

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

  • identify challenges for the family that chooses to foster children
  • identify ways to ease family stress caused by fostering
  • identify the three main phases of the placement process
  • list six ways to reduce placement problems
  • explain how the addition of a foster child can redefine or adjust the family roles
  • explain how post-placement reflection can contribute to the success of subsequent placements

Course Details

Course Type: Self-Directed, Online
Duration: 2 credit hours
Mandatory for P.R.I.D.E. Levels of Pay:
Recertification Required:
Provided by: Foster Parent College
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