Resource Parents and Their Families Can Be Powerful Advocates

Irene Clements, Executive Director of the National Foster Parent Association, has seen many changes in how resource parents are viewed in her 27 years as a foster and adoptive parent and public policy advocate.  During this 16-minute podcast, Clements tells podcast host Heather Biggar, LCSW, of the Maine Children’s Trauma Response Initiative, that resource parents are now seen as key players in the team effort to help children achieve permanency.  She also points out that while resource parents are now “a voice at the table,” much remains to be done.  Meaningful change will include acknowledging that entire resource families, and not just parents, are impacted by case planning decisions.  Clements urges parents to not only advocate one-on-one for their child, but to join with associations.

Listen to this 16 minute podcast at:

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NCTSN_Black+White_jpgPodcasts are provided by National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Center who offer free online education.  We thank them!

NFPA Convention – It’s time to say “I’m going!”


National Foster Parent Association &
National Kinship Alliance for Children
2016 National Convention

Better Together: Collaborating for Kids!

Wed, June 22 – Sat, June 25
Flamingo Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

 Inviting all foster, kinship and adoptive families, as well as child welfare professionals to join us for the national gathering!

Important dates to remember!

  • Early registration discount ends May 15
  • Special hotel convention rates end May 27
  • Online registration ends June 13

Why would I go?

  • Because you are a great foster, adoptive or kinship parent – and you still want to learn more!
  • You need annual training hours – we offer up to 20 hrs
  • You want to learn the latest tricks, tips and tools
  • Special focus on foster and kinship communities working together
  • Registration rates as low as $175 – but register by May 15 to save $25
  • Great room rates at the Flamingo – in the heart of the Vegas strip
  • Learning, relaxing, and fun – a smart get away
What happens at the Convention?
  • 3-1/2 days of quality presentations and workshops
  • Meet and socialize with foster, kinship, and adoptive parents for across the US
  • Check out the exhibitor tables
  • Up to 20 training hours for resource parent certification
  • Evenings are free to relax by the pool or enjoy a Las Vegas show

Some of the topics include…

  • Why Hurt Children Misbehave and 3 Ways to Begin Healing
  • Model Foster Home Licensing Standards
  • Becoming a Regulated Parent, Creating Sanctuary amid the Chaos
  • Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) Panel
  • Strategies for Parenting Teens through the Difficult Years
  • … and 50+ additional presentation and workshop topics!
Learn more about the convention at the NFPA website.
Would you like to be a sponsor or exhibitor?  More info here.

Don’t forget to share/print/forward this email to your friends, child welfare workers and agency.  Bring a friend!

Registration is open!

New Foster Parent College Training – Taking Things Without Permission

Foster Parent College recently announced a new online course Taking Things Without Permission.

“At some point in early life, most children will take something that doesn’t belong to them,” says Dr. Richard Delaney, the instructor for the course. “While many people use the term ‘stealing’ when talking about these behaviors, I prefer to use the term, ‘taking things’ because for children in care, it really isn’t a criminal act, but rather connected to their emotional issues.”

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This Advanced Parenting Workshop explores the common reasons for taking things. Two case studies are presented, and participants work together to determine the reasons behind the children’s taking things and how their parents can teach them more acceptable behaviors. With the help of Dr. Rick Delaney and his teaching assistant, participants then develop an action plan for one case family.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • list four common reasons for taking things
  • recognize the four defining signs of complex trauma
  • describe the seven aftereffects of complex trauma
  • list five components of nurturing parenting
  • develop and implement an action plan

Learn more about the online foster parent and case worker training available at Foster Parent College.

Traumatic Separation – a facilitated discussion for all to join



Join the conference call!

It is common knowledge that being separated from a parent or caregiver can be extremely overwhelming for some children. Unlike when a separation is due to death,  there are other types of separations when a parent is alive but not available – like when children are removed due to abuse and neglect, change foster home placements, or experience a termination of parental rights.  In these circumstances, children may develop post traumatic responses such as the following:

  • intrusive thoughts, images, or memories of what happened coming into their mind when they don’t want them to
  • nightmares
  • disturbing images of the separation reenacted in play or depicted in art
  • avoiding reminders of what happened, such as people, places, situations, or things associated with the traumatic separation
  • negative beliefs about oneself, others, or what happened
  • negative changes in mood (e.g., sadness, anger, anxiety, fear, guilt, shame)
  • changes in behavior (e.g., increased anger, aggressiveness, oppositional behaviors, irritability, clinginess, sleep problems, withdrawal)
  • self-destructive thoughts, plans, or actions
  • problems thinking, paying attention, or concentrating
  • physical symptoms (e.g., stomach aches, headaches)

If you are caring for a child who exhibits any of the above, and wonder if their separations/changes in placements may be making it harder for them to adjust, please consider joining this discussion!  We will focus not only on explaining what traumatic separation is but also, things to consider to reduce the likelihood that your child will experience future moves as a traumatic.

Monday, May 23, 2016
12:00pm Eastern / 9:00am Pacific
Facilitate Discussion – Traumatic Separation

Discussants: Judy Cohen, Amnoni Myers, Liza Simon Roper will be discussing the impact of traumatic separation and children and families.

Hope you’ll Join the call!

Topic:  Traumatic Separation
Date:  May 23, 2016
Time:  9:00 am Pacific, 10:00 Mtn, 11:00 Central,  Noon Eastern
Phone #:  1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
Phone Code:  732 824 456

Webex Link:
Webex password:  foster

Congratulations to the Helen Stone Scholarship Recipients

The recipients of the Helen Stone Scholarships are Lauri Desir of North Dakota and Sara Viar of Ohio.  The Helen Stone Scholarship assists foster, adoptive and kinship parents who are members of NFPA attend the annual NFPA conference.  This year’s conference will be in Las Vegas from June 22-25.  We welcome Lauri and Sara and all of our attendees!!  For more information on the scholarship and the conference, please go to the NFPA website at