Life in Foster Care and Beyond
Level: Advanced Practice – Line Worker, Supervisor, Manager
Intended Audience: For child welfare staff who are interested in learning about a youth’s journey through the foster care system and how she is using that experience to inform child welfare staff and support current and former foster youth.
Description of Course: An honest and reflective life storytelling of the trainer’s lived experiences of family loss, growing up in foster care, entry into juvenile justice system, becoming a teenage mother, emancipation from foster care and on to receiving a Master’s degree and becoming a recognized advocate. This training also focuses on factors that contribute to youth overcoming trauma, the importance of cultural identity and restoration of self-esteem.
- Gain knowledge and understanding of coping/survival strategies of foster youth
- Develop a deeper awareness of conscious use of self from a youth perspective
- Identify key educational and community resources that specifically support current and former foster youth
- Gain knowledge and understanding of effective resources to support youth who have experienced trauma and out-of-home placements
- Family grief and loss
- Growing up in foster care and the juvenile justice system
- Being a teenage mother in the foster care system
- Achieving higher education
- Culture and identity restoration
- Resiliency vs Resistance
Permanency: Reunification, Foster Care and Adoptions