FOCUS on Foster Families

FOCUS on Foster Families is designed to support foster youth and their caregivers. Through candid video interviews and online tools, FOCUS on Foster Families helps users improve their skills related to communication, emotional regulation, problem solving, and goal setting.

FOCUS On Foster Families brings FOCUS Family Resilience Training skills to families where they live, work and play. FOCUS is a program that teaches families to use five related skills to build on strengths and overcome challenges. These skills are problem-solving, goal setting, communication, emotional regulation and managing trauma and stress reminders.

Featured Videos

Take a peek inside FOCUS on Foster Families!
When you have an argument with your foster child
Fawnda Sandoval, LCSW, Department of Child and Family Services
Strengths I developed from being a foster youth
Maria & Annika, UCLA Guardian Scholars / former foster youth
Uneven development: Sometimes our teen acts like a little kid
Judy, Foster-Adoptive Parent

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Download FOCUS on Foster Families today and:
  • Get tips, answers to common questions, and encouragement from foster caregivers, youth and experts
  • Watch demonstration videos to help you learn key strategies for dealing with common challenges
  • Play interactive video games for youth designed to build skills in problem-solving and emotional regulation
  • Download FOCUS tools and visit online resources
When you have an argument with your foster child
Fawnda Sandoval, LCSW, Department of Child and Family Services
Key Point
Parents should be positioned as the leaders of their household. Remember to lead by example even when you feel challenged or hurt.
FOCUS Tools
Strengths I developed from being a foster youth
Maria & Annika, UCLA Guardian Scholars / former foster youth
Key Point
Learning new skills can help you build on your current strengths and achieve your goals.
FOCUS Tools
Uneven development: Sometimes our teen acts like a little kid
Judy, Foster-Adoptive Parent
Key Point
Helping youth learn to deal with frustration and negative feelings in constructive ways can reduce negative behaviors.
FOCUS Tools