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 the losses that foster children and foster parents feel, and what are ways to cope with this loss? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Karen Buckwalter, Director of Program Strategies, at Chaddock, a Residential Treatment and Trauma & Attachment Center, and author of Attachment Theory in Action: Building Connections Between Children and Parents.
This course includes:
- What are the losses inherent to foster care from the child’s standpoint?
- Loss of family
- Loss of extended family
- Loss of siblings
- Loss of culture
- Loss of medical history
- Loss of childhood mementos and pictures
- Loss of birth order. Loss of place in birth order in family
- Loss of faith community
- Loss of identity
- Loss of role in the family. (Example: Child who has been in the role of caretaker in the family)
- Loss of loyalty, or feeling of divided loyalty.
- Loss of school, church, community
- Loss of pets
- Loss of familiar celebrations and traditions
- Loss of the familiar
- How might children in foster care express loss at different developmental stages?
- How can a child feel loss when they are removed from an abusive situation?
- How can foster parents help their foster children cope with loss at different developmental ages and stages?
- How to handle when family visits seem to set the foster child back.
- Losses many foster parents feel:
- Loss of child
- Loss of control in making decisions that you think are best.
- How can foster parents deal with their losses?
Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.
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