This course is designed for foster care professionals, foster parents, and kinship care providers.
1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10-question quiz with a grade of 80%)
What are some coping strategies for dealing with a child’s birth parent when they are struggling with addiction? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national adoption & foster care education and support nonprofit, talks with Kate Cleary, Executive Director of Consortium for Kids. She is a social worker, an adult adoptee whose mother was addicted, and she has helped negotiate over 40,000 post-adoption openness agreements for kids transitioning out of foster care.
This course includes:
- What is the nature of addiction?
- How should adoptive or foster parents handle things when a birth parent shows up for a meeting with their child high or stoned?
- How should adoptive or foster parents handle things when birth parents who are addicted fail to show up for meetings with adoptive family and child?
- How can adoptive or foster parents set healthy boundaries with birth parents who are addicted?
- How an adoptive or foster parents avoid becoming an enabler?
- How can adoptive or foster parents maintain the spirit of openness even if you feel the need to reduce contact?
- What are specific issues for foster parents working with birth parents who are addicted?
- How should adoptive or foster parents explain drug addiction of birth parents to children.
Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.