Every child entering foster care has experienced some amount of trauma—if nothing else, removal from his or her home and placement into foster care is itself traumatic. In most cases, children in the child welfare system have multiple experiences with trauma, often referred to as complex trauma. Parenting a child who has been separated from his or her birth parents, often under traumatic or stressful circumstances, can be challenging and stressful. The better a resource parent understands and is equipped to cope with the emotional, behavioral, and verbal responses of children and youth to placement in foster care, the greater the opportunity to heal. In this session, Sue will engage participants in a discussion of the strengths and challenges of foster children who have been exposed to trauma and will share strategies for helping foster care professionals and resource parents become more trauma-informed.
Presented by Sue Badeau, a birth and adoptive parent to 22 children, and an advocate for youth and family engagement for decades. Sue is a national child welfare trainer and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the field.
Time: 1.67 hours; certificate of attendance available upon request
Fee: $15 members / $20 nonmembers
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