FOCUS on Foster Families - For Caregivers

Understanding and responding to challenging behaviors

Understanding and responding to challenging behaviors
Understanding and responding to challenging behaviors
Understanding and responding to challenging behaviors
Understanding and responding to challenging behaviors

Uneven development: Sometimes our teen acts like a little kid

Kids may have negative reactions to the adjustment of living in a new home.

Uneven development: Sometimes our teen acts like a little kid

Judy, Foster-Adoptive Parent

Key Point:
Kids may have negative reactions to the adjustment of living in a new home.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Skills to build your family

Skills to build your family

GUIDE: Preparing for visits with birth parents

Strategies like creating a predictable plan and communicating the order of events can be very helpful when it comes to preparing children for situations like visiting a birth parent.

GUIDE: Preparing for visits with birth parents

Erin Dornan, PsyD, TIES for Families UCLA

Key Point:
Strategies like creating a predictable plan and communicating the order of events can be very helpful when it comes to preparing children for situations like visiting a birth parent.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Skills to build your family

Be a mirror that focuses on the ways they are wonderful

Effective caregiver/youth communication can help young people identify their own strengths and feel heard by those around them.

Be a mirror that focuses on the ways they are wonderful

Fawnda Sandoval, LCSW, Department of Child and Family Services

Key Point:
Effective caregiver/youth communication can help young people identify their own strengths and feel heard by those around them.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Skills to build your family

DEMONSTRATION: Preparing for a visit with a birth parent

Strategies like creating a predictable plan and communicating the order of events can be very helpful when it comes to preparing children for situations like visiting a birth parent.

DEMONSTRATION: Preparing for a visit with a birth parent

Scripted

Key Point:
Strategies like creating a predictable plan and communicating the order of events can be very helpful when it comes to preparing children for situations like visiting a birth parent.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Skills to build your family

DEMONSTRATION: Responding to behavior problems

Problem solving around difficult behavior and setting realistic expectations is an important part of creating a positive home environment.

DEMONSTRATION: Responding to behavior problems

Scripted

Key Point:
Problem solving around difficult behavior and setting realistic expectations is an important part of creating a positive home environment.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Skills to build your family
Skills to build your family

DEMONSTRATION: Playing with a young child

Play is an important part of your child's development and building a positive caregiving relationship.

DEMONSTRATION: Playing with a young child

Scripted

Key Point:
Play is an important part of your child's development and building a positive caregiving relationship.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Skills to build your family
Skills to build your family

Advocating for and accessing services

Advocating for and accessing services
Advocating for and accessing services

When to turn to professional help

Be open to seeking out help from others for yourself or any of your family members.

When to turn to professional help

Karen Rathburn, PhD, TIES for Families, South Bay

Key Point:
Be open to seeking out help from others for yourself or any of your family members.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Advocating for and accessing services

Advocating for your child in all of their settings

As a foster caregiver, you have navigated a complex system and achieved your goal. These skills will help you advocate for your child's goals.

Advocating for your child in all of their settings

Audra Langley, PhD, TIES for Families, UCLA

Key Point:
As a foster caregiver, you have navigated a complex system and achieved your goal. These skills will help you advocate for your child's goals.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Advocating for and accessing services

The importance of early intervention

Touching base with youth about how they are doing can help you stay on top of early warning signs and seek help when needed.

The importance of early intervention

Erin Dornan, PsyD, TIES for Families, UCLA

Key Point:
Touching base with youth about how they are doing can help you stay on top of early warning signs and seek help when needed.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Advocating for and accessing services

Thank you message to caregivers

Being a caregiver can be challenging but there are resources available to help

Thank you message to caregivers

Taylor Dudley, Esq.- Alliance for Children's Rights

Key Point:
Being a caregiver can be challenging but there are resources available to help

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Advice from foster and adoptive youth

Advice from foster and adoptive youth

Advice for foster parents

Annika and Maria explain the importance of patience as a foster parent or caregiver.

Advice for foster parents

Maria & Annika - UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars, former foster youth

Key Point:
Annika and Maria explain the importance of patience as a foster parent or caregiver.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Advice from foster and adoptive youth
Advice from foster and adoptive youth

One night I was crying and my foster mom just held me

Creating a positive caregiver/youth relationship is key to helping teens deal with tough emotions and challenging times.

One night I was crying and my foster mom just held me

Tiffany, Foster Youth, First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Academy Student

Key Point:
Creating a positive caregiver/youth relationship is key to helping teens deal with tough emotions and challenging times.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Advice from foster and adoptive youth

I use to hate everyone building trust took time

Building a relationship does not happen overnight. Remember to create an positive environment through open communication.

I use to hate everyone building trust took time

Sarah, Foster Youth, First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Academy Student

Key Point:
Building a relationship does not happen overnight. Remember to create an positive environment through open communication.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills

Advice from foster and adoptive youth

Advice to foster parents from a current foster youth

Many foster youth have experienced big challenges, it is important for caregivers to be supportive and good role models.

Advice to foster parents from a current foster youth

Edwardo First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Academy Student / foster youth

Key Point:
Many foster youth have experienced big challenges, it is important for caregivers to be supportive and good role models.

Focus Tools:
Use these worksheets to practice key FOCUS skills