Learn more by clicking haveaheartinfo@washoecounty.gov to email us about attending our next live orientation session on August 6, 2022 from 10-11 am, or to request our pre-recorded orientation video. Feel free to call us as well at (775) 337-4470.

TIPS Foster Training2019-09-20T20:02:29+00:00

Training is an excellent opportunity to meet and share information with other families who are becoming foster parents or adopting.

Please attend an orientation prior to RSVPing for Foster Care Training.

Por favor no niños menores de 16 años

Pre-Service Training

The Trauma Informed Care Pre-Service is a combination of information given courtesy of the National Child Trauma and Stress Network as well an adaptation by Grossmont College in San Diego, California. The training focuses on understanding how trauma impacts child development and gives useful tools in helping children heal from past traumas.

Session 1 – Introduction to QPI and Teamwork/Empathy Building

This is the foundation of our training. We define the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) and what working as a team means in the Child Welfare world. We explore core issues that families deal with before and after a child enters foster care. We will define child abuse and neglect, and how it can effect a child’s growth and development.

Session 2 – Grief and Loss/Visitation

Children, birth parents, foster and adoptive parents can experience grief and loss. We will explore how you can support yourself, your child, and the birth parents through this time. Visitation is a huge part of the reunification process and building permanent connections for children. In this class you’ll learn about our visitation model and how to build healthy relationships and connections with your children and birth families, and how it can benefit everyone.

Session 3 – Medical Unit/Trauma Effects

This session includes an introduction to our medical unit, important information about being Person Legally Responsible (PLR) for psychiatric care, and an introduction to trauma and the essential elements of Trauma Informed Care.

Session 4 – Trauma 101/Self-Care

Participants will be assigned a case study that they will follow through the class, exploring the effects Trauma has had on all aspects of the child’s life. This session also covers the importance of taking care of yourself as the caregiver, compassion fatigue, and creating a self-care plan with short term and long term goals.

Session 5 – Life of a Case/Understanding Trauma/Attachment

One of our District Attorneys and a child welfare worker will present on the life of a case through the child welfare System. Understanding the court process is an important factor in helping children towards permanency whether with their parents or another permanent option. We then shift into looking at the brain and how trauma can affect development and the way a child attaches to caregivers.

Session 6 – Building a Safe Place/Understanding Trauma/Foster Home Licensing Complaints

Participants will discuss a variety of ways to increase a feeling of safety in the home. In addition participants will review current regulations that help ensure safety for children in the home. Protocol for licensing complaints is discussed, as well as procedures to decrease complaint allegations.

Session 7 – Adoptions Unit (Guest trainer)

The Adoption unit will discuss the process to adopt in Washoe County.

Session 8 – Placement Preparation and Transitions (Guest trainer)

MFT Susanne Ketring will discuss ways to prepare yourself/your family for fostering and adopting a child. She will take participants through case scenarios and self reflection to show that all transitions are different and change always involves some level of loss and emotion for everyone involved.

Session 9 – Feelings and Behaviors/Discipline

In this session, you will be provided an outline of the ways foster and adoptive parents can best meet the goal of providing discipline, and strategies for managing the behavior of children that have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma.

Session 10 – Connections and Healing/Advocacy

Members will discuss ways we make connections and keeping connections for children in care. We will also discuss new connections and how you can be an advocate for your child.

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