Comprehensive, Culturally Approriate, and Competency-Based Workforce Development.

CWDS Curriculum

Life in Foster Care and Beyond

Level: Advanced Practice – Line Worker, Supervisor, Manager

Credits: 6

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.

Intended Objectives:

  • 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

Topics Include:

  • 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
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