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Virtual Workshop: Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

CCFH will offer the workshop “Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma,” to families at no cost this spring. Also known as the Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC), the course provides tools for foster, kinship, and adoptive caregivers who are raising children who are in, or have been in, the child welfare system or institutional care.

This 8-week workshop is designed to be provided to participants in person. However, because of the current social distancing guidelines, and the desire for resource parents to receive trauma information and support at this particularly stressful time, the workshop will be held virtually.

Who: This workshop is open to Resource Parents with a child or youth currently in their care. A Resource Parent is a caregiver of a child associated with the welfare system, international adoption, or a private agency. A Resource Parent could be a licensed foster parent, adoptive parent, or an adult caring for a child of a relative or friend.

When: Wednesdays, April 13 – June 1, 2022, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Virtually! Through video conferencing technology.

Cost: Free to attend – pre-registration required

Please note:

  • Registration will be open until Wednesday, April 6
  • To participate virtually, participants will need access to internet, a working camera for video conferencing, and space to participate in the workshop while youth are engaged elsewhere.
  • Please fill out separate registration information for each caregiver interested in participating.
  • Once registration has been processed, an individual 15-20 minute session via video-conferencing will be scheduled to make sure technology concerns are addressed before the workshop begins.

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What is this workshop?

This workshop is an 8-session course (16 hours of credit) that provides support, helpful tips, and tools for parents who are raising children who are in, or have been in, the child welfare system or institutional care.

What makes this workshop useful?

Children or youth who cannot remain safely at home with their birth families are often placed in the homes of relatives, licensed foster parents, or adopted. Many of these children have lived through traumatic experiences that affect their behaviors, feelings, and attitudes. A child’s history can make taking care of them on a day-to-day basis challenging and sometimes stressful. Once a resource parent understands why a child behaves the way he or she does, it can be easier to provide the support and care a child who has suffered from trauma needs.

Who can benefit?

This workshop is designed for families that currently have a child in their care. The curriculum, developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), provides time each session for parents to discuss a particular child in their care and try out new skills and tools that will reduce the stress of parenting a child who has experienced trauma.

Posted on March 18, 2022