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FOCUS on Foster Families - For Providers

Building a Foundation, Building Trust (90 minutes)

“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 this new relationship with the foster-adoptive caregivers and how the caregiver could best support them
  • To learn a family based four step problem solving method
  • Materials for the Participant’s Folder from the FOCUS on Foster Families App:

    Understanding adolescent development and managing feelings (90 minutes)

    “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 for youth and be consistent with consequences
  • To be able to develop a firm, yet nurturing parenting style
  • Materials for the Participant’s Folder from the FOCUS on Foster Families App:

    Understanding child development and managing feelings (90 minutes)

    “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 for youth and be consistent with consequences
  • To be able to develop a firm, yet nurturing parenting style
  • Materials for the Participant’s Folder from the FOCUS on Foster Families App:

    Overcoming Tough Emotions and Being Your Own Advocate (60 minutes)

    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 Child

    Session Time
    60 mins
    Objectives
  • To introduce emotion regulation skills and coping when experiencing upsetting emotions
  • To provide them with effective communication skills to be able to communicate with others in a non-defensive manner in order to get the support they need
  • Materials for the Participant’s Folder from the FOCUS on Foster Families App:

    Communicating and Goal Setting (70 minutes)

    “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 Adolescent

    Session Time
    70 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.
  • Material from the FOCUS on Foster Families App:
    Materials for the Participant’s Folder from the FOCUS on Foster Families App:

    How to Build a Stronger Family (90 minutes)

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

    Session Participants

    Foster-Adoptive Parents

    Foster-Adoptive Caregivers

    Foster-Adoptive Child

    Foster-Adoptive Adolescent

    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 utilize in family meetings
  • Material from the FOCUS on Foster Families App:
    Materials for the Participant’s Folder from the FOCUS on Foster Families App: