This complimentary course bundle (full discount applied with agency coupon at checkout) is designed to fulfill 10-hours of continuing education training for Transylvania County DSS foster/kinship/adoptive families. Courses cover topics pertaining to foster care, adoption, and parenting.
(10) 1-Hour Online Audio Courses (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of each course including passing a 10-question quiz with a grade of 80%.)
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.
What are the losses that foster children and foster parents feel, and what are ways to cope with this loss? In this course, 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.
Foster kids and kids adopted from foster care or internationally have often experienced trauma and require a different type of parenting. In this course, we share tips and tricks for adoptive and foster parents on what works and what doesn’t. Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W., President of Appelstein Training Resources, and author of the book No Such Thing as a Bad Kid.
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.
Children that have suffered from neglect or abuse are sometimes more difficult to parent. This course offers great tips and information for foster parents, adoptive parents, and anyone raising children from hard places. Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit interviews Allison Douglas, family advocate at Harmony Family Center in Knoxville, TN and mother of four children adopted from foster care, and Sue Badeau, President of the North American Council on Adoptable Children and adoptive mother of 22 children.
What do foster parents need to know about their foster child’s health? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Elizabeth Wallis, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Medical University of South Carolina, the Director of their Foster Care Support Clinic and the Division of Adolescent Medicine.
How does trauma play into behavior and what can parents do to help? In this course, Cameka Hart, Therapeutic Family Specialist at Buckner Children and Family Services, and Jennifer McCallum, Lead Post Adoption Counselor for Buckner Children and Family Services talk about strategies for putting Trust-Based Relational Intervention into practice in your home.
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, interviews 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.
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? In this course, 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.
What is trauma, and how can the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) help you parent your child? In this course, 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 Trauma-Informed Parenting and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI).