Pre-Service Classes


SESSION #1 ORIENTATION TO FOSTER CARE, ADOPTION AND KINSHIP CARE
Session provides information on the differences between foster care, adoption, and kinship care. The importance of reducing moves for children; review and process of application; and requirements of Ohio Revised Code.

SESSION #2 THE CHILD PROTECTION TEAM
Session covers overview of child welfare system and the role of a substitute caregiver; the Team Decision Making Process; and role of foster parent as a team member. Community resources and support group information covered.

SESSION #3 CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Session introduces the core concepts that shape our understanding of early childhood development. Participants will receive an overview of brain development and gain the importance of attachment, self-regulation and initiative in development. Factors that enhance development will be addressed.

SESSION #4 TRAUMA AND IT’S EFFECTS
Session will help participants understand how childhood trauma can effect development, including brain development, as well as emotions and behavior.

SESSION #5 CHILD SEX ABUSE
Provides an overview of child sex abuse and is designed to help prospective foster/adoptive. Kinship caregivers understand basic facts about child sex abuse; recognize potential indicators of sexual abuse, and take beginning steps to making sure their home is a safe environment for children who have been sexually abused.

SESSION #6 MINIMIZING THE TRAUMA OF PLACEMENT
Addresses strategies caregivers can use to help the child feel safe and accepted in their home and community. The importance of maintaining connections is stressed.

SESSION #7 TRANSCENDING DIFFERENCES IN PLACEMENT
Helps participants gain awareness of their own diversity in order to better understand the diversity of each foster child that comes into their home. Participants will also consider ways they can prepare their home and community to welcome and provide a safe and nurturing environment for a foster child.

SESSION #8 HELPING THE CHILD MANAGE EMOTIONS AND BEHAVIORS
Will help caregivers consider strategies they can use to assist children, who have experienced trauma, in learning to manage their emotions and control their behaviors. Participants will be made aware of rules around corporal punishment.

SESSION #9 UNDERSTANDING PRIMARY FAMILIES
Presents a rational for foster caregivers in promoting connections to primary family members, particularly primary parents and siblings. The training will encourage a non-judgmental approach to the caregiver’s work with primary families to promote reunification.

SESSION #10 THE EFFECTS OF CAREGIVING ON THE CAREGIVER FAMILY
Examines the impact of foster care and adoption on the individual members of the caregiving family as well as the impact on their relationships with one another. This also enables prospective parents to develop effective coping strategies and survival plans.

SESSION #11 LONG TERM SEPARATION FROM BIRTH PARENTS
Describes the emotions children and youth experience when reunification efforts with their birth parents fail. Feelings adopted children or children in long term placements are explored. Participants will learn about typical triggers and long term grief. Finally, the personal perspectives of adopted individuals will be shared.

SESSION #12 POST ADOPTION ISSUES FOR FAMILIES
Describes the adoption dynamics impacting families. Openness in adoption will be addressed as well as stages of adjustment for new adoptive families. Participants will learn about post adoption services including subsidy.