FOCUS on Foster Families

FOCUS on Foster Families FOCUS on Foster Families brings Family Resilience Skills to Foster Youth and Caregivers where they live, work and play. Kids, teens, and adults can practice resilience skills and explore the extensive video library for information on enhancing family closeness, communication, problem solving, and navigating the juvenile justice system. The videos and resources included in FOCUS on Foster Families are unique and specifically designed for Foster youth and those who care for them. Featuring foster/adoptive youth and parents, experts in the child welfare system, and mentors, these videos provide real world guidance and advice for overcoming challenges. The section also features downloadable activities to supplement the videos and links to relevant resources around the web.

FOCUS on Foster Families incorporates elements of the evidence-based FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) Family Resilience Training Model. FOCUS helps families become closer even during very challenging times by building on their current strengths and teaching new skills that encourage resilience. Learn more about FOCUS here.

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