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Browse our courses on a variety of topics curated just for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Resource Parents. On-demand so you can learn anytime, anywhere.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder from a Trauma Lens (1 Hour)

Parenting a child with a disorder on the fetal alcohol spectrum can present many challenges for foster and adoptive families. It is vital for these families and the professionals who support them to understand the reasons behind the learning and behavioral challenges so they, together, can “try differently.”


Steps Toward Change: Replacing Trauma Bond with Healing Relationships (1 Hour)

This training will allow participants to understand better the links between childhood trauma and neglect, the child welfare system, and sexual exploitation.


More than Sad: Suicide 101 (1 Hour)

Using their research and national numbers, this training helps caregivers identify ways to start the conversation of suicide with professionals and youth, know the warning signs, and be able to develop crisis plans for the youth they encounter.


Supporting Your Child During Cutting and Self-Harm Episodes (10 Minutes)

Cutting behavior is not uncommon among teens and pre-teens in general populations and among foster kids, who have suffered trauma of some kind, it may be even more prevalent.


Making Time For Your Marriage During Foster Care (15 Minutes)

When you are looking after a child from foster care 24 hours a day, every day, every week, every month, it can be a time consumer and leave little time for you, and your spouse or partner. Let’s talk about ways to stay connected.


Scared: The Beginning of a New Family Member (12 Minutes)

Being removed from family and arriving in foster care is a very frightening time; one filled with fear, uncertainty, and anxiety. It is a time where even the bravest of children become scared.


Family To Family: A Panel Discussion with Dr. Jerry Milner, DSW (1.5 Hours)

This session was recorded on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, as the final session of our four-part Family To Family series hosted by Cate Hawks, MA, Board of Directors, the National Foster Parent Association.


Discussing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (20 Minutes)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.


Not Taking It Personally (10 Minutes)

Foster parenting can be difficult. There are those times when the children we care for in our homes and living with our families may say things to hurt us. We'll discuss why it's important to not take these personally.


Why You Need to Say “No” as a Foster Parent (12 Minutes)

It's okay to say “No,” once in a while as a foster parent. It is okay for you to take time for yourself, your spouse, and your family. It is okay to re-charge those batteries.


The 3-Anchor Rule (7 Minutes)

Talking to Your Children about COVID-19 presents an overview of COVID-19 while highlighting supportive resources. The training reviews preventive measures designed to help keep families safe and also examines practical strategies for supporting mental and emotional health needs.


Summertime Activities 101 (9 Minutes)

“What are we going to do today?” For the next 10 minutes, Damon will offer some simple and family-friendly activities that will help the family engage one another, nature or their inner selves.

In this rescue, we will answer the daily question— “What are we going to do today?”


Before You Throw In The Towel: Assessing Your Future in Fostering (10 Minutes)

No one said fostering would be easy, but we also know that there are days you question your future as a foster parent.


Getting on the Right PATH : Promoting Attachment and Trauma Healing for Caregivers (2 Hours)

PATH (Promoting Attachment and Trauma Healing) is a comprehensive framework of education that supports caregivers who are parenting children with known trauma effects and/or attachment difficulties.


Special Education Hacks: Making IEPs Work for Students in Foster Care (1 Hour)

Children and youth in foster care are much more likely to have disabilities requiring special education. Led by professional educators who are also foster and adoptive parents, this session offers participants an overview of the special education eligibility and service delivery process and the unique ways students in foster care and their caregivers are impacted


Parents as Changemakers: Effective Policy Advocacy (1.5 Hours)

Do you have ideas that would strengthen foster care in your area? Are you committed to ensuring that foster parents have the training and support they need to best serve children? Not sure where to start to advocate for the changes you want? Come learn how you can make a difference!


Building Bridges of Hope After Loss: A Self-Directed Workbook for Foster Parents (Self Directed)

This resource uses a self-directed design so that foster parents can work with this resource on their own, with other members of their families and/or other social workers or other service providers.


Helping Foster Parents and Kinship Caregivers Support High School Graduation for Children in Their Care: A Self-Instructional Workbook (Self Instructional Workbook)

The workbook was designed to help parents and caregivers with the young people in their care to navigate the crucial last 2 years of high school and towards graduation.


Building Trust with Children and Youth (17 Minutes)

Children from hard places need specific approaches during their behavioral struggles. Get tips for communicating and assuring children from a trained Trust-Based Relational Intervention specialist.


Helping Kids Succeed Because of What They’ve Been Through (14 Minutes)

Using the lessons learned from living through an emotional roller coaster of a childhood, Rhonda Sciortino discusses the five points of prosperity that enabled her to persevere and start a successful business.

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