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Shared Parenting In-Service Series

Supplemental Programs

Shared Parenting in-service Training Series is designed to help foster parents manage the role of fostering amid the realities of the current child and family service population, including adolescnets; children who have been sexually abused; children of different races or ethnicities; children whose parents have mental disorders; children who have experienced domestic violence and child who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Modules (2-3 hours in length) within the Shared Parenting In-service Training Series include:

  • Finding a Way to Share


    Provides a behavioral definition of the shared parenting concept and helps foster parents builds skills to meet the challenges of foster parenting. Features a videotape of parents who talk about the experience of having children placed in foster care. Shared Parenting: Parents Who Abuse Substances An Introduction to Shared Parenting.

  • Shared Parenting of Adolescents in Foster Care


    Helps foster parents develop skills to build adolescents' self-esteem and self-responsibility while assuring their safety, well-being and permanence. Identifies specific communication techniques that are effective with adolescents as well as with the adolescents' parents. Developed in collaboration with an adoptive parent and retired social worker.

  • Shared Parenting to Prepare Adolescents for Interdependent Living


    Develops foster parents' skills in preparing the foster family, the youth and the youth's extended family to support interdependent living. Identifies ways to promote positive behavior in older youth. Developed in collaboration with an adoptive parent and retired social worker.

  • Shared Parenting to Help Children in Foster Care Manage Anger


    Demonstrates and develops communication skills to help children manage anger and helps foster parents model effective anger de-escalation skills for parents of children and youth in foster care. Developed in collaboration with a foster/adoptive father.

  • Shared Parenting to Foster or Adopt Children Whose Parents have Mental Disorders


    Helps foster families share parenting with parents who are mentally ill so that the safety, well-being and permanence needs of their children will be met. Developed in collaboration with a therapist and adoptive parent.

  • Shared Parenting to Foster or Adopt Children Exposed to Drugs and Alcohol


    Builds specific skills to meet the needs of children who have been prenatally exposed to drugs or alcohol. Demonstrates specific ways to share parenting of these children in ways that promote healing.

  • Shared Parenting to Foster or Adopt Children Exposed to HIV


    Builds skills to meet the needs of children who have been prenatally or perinatally exposed to the HIV virus, as well as identifies ways to share parenting with the extended family of the child. Shared Parenting: Parents Who Abuse Substances An Introduction to Shared Parenting.

  • Making and Maintaining Boundaries in Shared Parenting


    Helps foster parents make and maintain family boundaries with birth parents to assure safety, well-being and permanence for their children.

  • Fear and Control in Shared Parenting


    Helps foster parents explore ways to manage fear and control issues in the shared parenting relationships with parents of children in foster care.

  • The Impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) on Shared Parenting


    Prepares foster parents for their roles and legal responsibilities required by ASFA in achieving permanency outcomes.

  • Shared Parental Responsibilities


    Identifies specific techniques for sharing parenting responsibilities with parents of children in foster care to ensure childrenŐs safety, well-being and permanence.

  • Conflicting Family Cultures in Shared Parenting


    Helps foster parents explore a childŐs cultural roots and develop skills and strategies for sharing parenting with parents who may have conflicting cultural values or beliefs. Includes a video featuring parents of children in foster care talking about shared and conflicting values with foster families.

  • Participating in Case Review to Support Shared Parenting


    Prepares foster parents for their role, including shared parenting responsibilities, in judicial and/or administrative proceedings and citizen reviews required by PL 96-272 and ASFA. Shared Parenting: Parents Who Abuse Substances An Introduction to Shared Parenting.

  • The Dynamics of Shared Parenting of Children in Foster Care Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD


    Develops specific skills in working in a team relationship and sharing parenting of children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Helps parents promote positive behavior in children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.

  • The Dynamics of Sharing Parenting with Parents who Abuse Substances


    Builds skills required to share parenting with parents who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Familiarizes foster parents with the medical model of addiction and possible recovery programs for parents of children in care.

  • Shared Parenting to Foster or Adopt Children from Families Where There is Domestic Violence


    Develops the unique skills required of foster parents who care for children and youth who come from families where there has been domestic violence. Addresses and prepares parents for the challenges of shared parenting with families where there is domestic violence. Developed in collaboration with an adoptive parent and family therapist.

  • The Dynamics of Sexual Abuse in Families


    (Four 3-hour units)
    Focuses on safety, well-being and permanence for children and youth who have been sexually abused. Develops specific skills to help families deal with the challenging behaviors of children who have experienced sexual abuse, as well as ways to work with the child's extended family when appropriate. Developed in collaboration with an adoptive parent and therapist, the program includes a companion video.

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