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FOCUS on Foster Families - For Providers

Session Guides

Building a Foundation, Building Trust (90 minutes)

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“PROMISE ME YOU'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER: YOU'RE BRAVER THAN YOU BELIEVE, AND STRONGER THAN YOU SEEM, AND SMARTER THAN YOU THINK.” WINNIE THE POOH

Session Participants

Foster-Adoptive Caregivers

Session Time
90 mins
Objectives
  • To build trust through active listening and open communication
  • To learn about the child’s perspective as they enter a new relationship with the foster-adoptive caregivers to learn how the caregivers can best support them
  • To learn a family-based, four step problem-solving method
  • Understanding Adolescent Development and Managing Feelings (90 minutes)

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    “ALL CHILDREN ARE BORN TO GROW, TO DEVELOP, TO LIVE, TO LOVE, AND TO ARTICULATE THEIR NEEDS AND FEELINGS FOR THEIR SELF-PROTECTION.” ALICE MILLER

    Session Participants

    Foster-Adoptive Caregivers

    Session Time
    90 mins
    Objectives
  • To set clear expectations and consistent consequences for youth
  • To develop a firm, yet nurturing parenting style
  • Understanding Child Development and Managing Feelings (90 minutes)

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    “ALL CHILDREN ARE BORN TO GROW, TO DEVELOP, TO LIVE, TO LOVE, AND TO ARTICULATE THEIR NEEDS AND FEELINGS FOR THEIR SELF-PROTECTION.” ALICE MILLER

    Session Participants

    Foster-Adoptive Caregivers

    Session Time
    90 mins
    Objectives
  • To set clear expectations and consistent consequences for youth
  • To develop a firm, yet nurturing parenting style
  • Overcoming Tough Emotions and Being Your Own Advocate (60 minutes)

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    "TODAY YOU ARE YOU! THAT IS TRUER THAN TRUE! THERE IS NO ONE ALIVE WHO IS YOU-ER THAN YOU!" -DR. SEUSS

    Session Participants

    Foster-Adoptive Children

    Session Time
    60 mins
    Objectives
  • To introduce emotion regulation skills in order to help the foster-adoptive children cope with upsetting emotions
  • To provide them with effective communication skills to communicate with others in a non-defensive manner in order to get the support they need
  • Communicating and Setting Goals (60 minutes)

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    “IF YOU HAVE BUILT CASTLES IN THE AIR, YOUR WORK NEED NOT BE LOST; THAT IS WHERE THEY SHOULD BE. NOW PUT THE FOUNDATIONS UNDER THEM.” -HENRY DAVID THOREAU

    Session Participants

    Foster-Adoptive Adolescents

    Session Time
    60 mins
    Objectives
  • To provide them with effective communication skills in order to solve problems, accomplish goals, and settle conflicts.
  • To provide them with tools to set goals and make plans for accomplishing these goals.
  • How to Build a Stronger Family (90 minutes)

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    “ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE; TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH.” -HELEN KELLER

    Session Participants

    Foster-Adoptive Caregivers

    Session Time
    90 mins
    Objectives
  • To demonstrate steps for holding a family meeting in order to enhance communication between family members
  • To provide tools to solve problems as a family unit
  • To provide family-fun activities to use during family meetings