This training will provide a brief overview of Child Preparation, a service that many children who are placed into the foster care system receive. Child Preparation is a service provided by agencies who are affiliates of the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). In any stage of foster care, child preparation can help a child process their circumstances, talk about their feelings, and ask questions. Child preparation uses age-appropriate techniques to help children discuss and comprehend events such as: Placement into foster care; Separation from birth family; Court hearings; Death or incarceration of a birth parent; Moving to a new foster family; Reunification with birthparents; and Achieving permanency through adoption or Permanent Legal Custodianship. This service includes 10 caseworker sessions during a six-month period. Each session aims to help the child acknowledge, process, and understand their foster care and permanency related experiences. The assigned caseworker seeks to understand the unique needs of the child and will tailor services to fit the child's needs and interests. The caseworker will use hands-on activities such as games, crafts, books, and more to engage with your child during sessions. Additionally, the caseworker will assist in developing a Lifebook for your child.
Presented by Jen McDowell, Adoption Supervisor, COBYS Family Services
Number of in-service credit hours: 1.5