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Want to be a foster parent? This class is your first step.

We are proud to host this 8 session course which is a requirement for families pursuing foster parent licensure. All 8 sessions will be held 6p-9p at Grace Church Bellingham.

Childcare is available at Perch & Play for all 8 sessions, and dinner will be 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, and more. The sessions include the voices of former foster youth, current caregivers and birth parents who have been involved with the system.

  1. August 21: Introduction to the Child Welfare System
  2. August 22: Working as Member of the Team
  3. August 23: Working with Birth Families
  4. August 24: Cultural Connections and Advocacy
  5. August 28: Growing up with Trauma, Grief, and Loss
  6. August 29: Understanding and Managing Behaviors
  7. August 30: Communication and Crisis Management
  8. August 31: 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, that's why we provide childcare). 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.

When? 

Aug 21ā€“24 & Aug 28ā€“31 | 6pā€“9p

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Where?

Grace Church Bellingham (1815 Cornwall Ave.)

Childcare @ Perch & Play (1707 N State St.)