Parenting children who have experienced trauma requires a different type of parenting. What is therapeutic parenting, and why is it so often used for adopted and foster children who have experienced abuse and neglect in their early lives? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Sarah Naish, a therapeutic parent, the CEO of the National Association of Therapeutic Parents, and the author of The A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting
Category Foster Care Education
What is trauma, and how can the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) help you parent your child? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national adoption and foster care education and support nonprofit, interviews Amanda Purvis, a training specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, about the practical applications of TBRI and Trauma-Informed Parenting
What impact does bringing a new child into your home have on the kids already there? What can parents do to make that transition smoother, both for the foster children and for their permanent children? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, talks with Dr. Mandy Howard, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University and affiliate of the TCU Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, and Dr. Eshele Williams, a psychotherapist and a licensed marriage, family and child therapist who is also on the Board of Directors of the National Foster Parent Association, about how to create successful blended families
The home study is a nerve wracking experience. What should you expect and how should you prepare for it? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, interviews Rebekah Hill, a social worker and clinical therapist in Adoption Services at SAFY; and Jeanette Quick, Home Study Service Coordinator at Hopscotch Adoptions, about what to expect from the home study
Children who identify as LGBTQ have a harder time finding foster homes. How can foster parents best raise a healthy and happy LGBTQ youth? In this course, Mark Lacava, the Clinical Director of the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, talks about what parents need to know to create a welcoming, safe home for LGBTQ youth
What are some coping strategies for dealing with a child’s birth parent when they are struggling with addiction?
As the opioid epidemic continues to get worse, more and more children are exposed to opiates during pregnancy. What do you need to know about fostering/adopting a child that may have prenatal exposure to opiates? In this course, Dawn Davenport talks with Evette Horton, the Director of Child Clinical Services in the UNC Horizons Program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a specialist in working with children exposed to parental substance use and infant mental health; and Danielle Goodman, an adoption social worker who works with families who have adopted children who have been exposed prenatally to opiates
If you are considering becoming a foster parent, what do you need to know before you move forward with the process?
How does trauma play into behavior and what can parents do to help?
The voices of foster children, parents, birth families and even social workers are well represented in foster care education and advocacy. The course provides a new perspective: a family court judge.