Want to be a foster parent? This class is your first step.
We are proud to host another Caregiver Core Training (CCT). This 8 session course which is a requirement for families pursuing foster parent licensure. The CCT course will be held at the United Church of Ferndale. The course runs every night from 6-9 pm beginning August 12-15. There will be a week-long break before the course picks up again from August 26-29. Dinner is provided for the first and last sessions.
The sessions are designed to help you understand:
How the system works
What your role is as a member of the team
How to effectively work with birth families in order to best support the child
How caregiving may impact your own family
Child development and the impact of trauma
All about attachment
How to incorporate and honor a child's culture into your own family
The sessions include the voices of former foster youth, current caregivers and birth parents who have been involved with the system.
June 3: Introduction to the Child Welfare System
June 4: Working as Member of the Team
June 5: Working with Birth Families
June 6: Cultural Connections and Advocacy
June 17: Growing up with Trauma, Grief, and Loss
June 18: Understanding and Managing Behaviors
June 19: Communication and Crisis Management
June 20: Getting Ready and the Effects on the Caregiving Family
Attendance at all 8 sessions is required for at least 1 of the parents in a prospective foster family (we recommend you both attend). This course is interchangeable with the one taught across the state by the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence, so if you miss a session, you can make it up in an Alliance course.
Still not sure? Attend an interest meeting to learn more about foster care and why it's worthwhile. Visit our event page here.