Foster Parent Training and Support

The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is eager to support foster families throughout our area. In fact, many of these families now care for and support the children we’ve come to know personally. The NWACS aims to support foster families by providing the following:

  • Trauma-informed trainings at no cost
  • Trainings in a variety of locations in Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties
  • Snacks and drinks (and meals when possible) to ensure a comfortable experience
  • Certificates of completion to foster parents for continuing education credits
  • Availability for contact after the date of the training for additional support and transfer of learning

The NWACS wants to ensure that families feel equipped to understand and meet the needs of children and adolescents who have experienced maltreatment, multiple placements and early trauma. We’ll also use the feedback we receive from foster families to ensure topics they request are included in future events.

Balancing the Needs of Biological and Fostered Children

Blending a family comes with unique challenges. For a child or teen in foster care, living in a stranger’s home amplifies his or her need to feel safe, supported, and understood. For a biological child already in the home, accepting a new child into the family can amplify some of those same needs as family roles and interactions change.

The unexpected placement changes that happen in foster care and the behaviors of children and teens who have experienced trauma can be confusing and stressful for biological children: preparing them and helping them understand what is happening can help.

This training will include information and discussion regarding the following:

  • The three phases of foster placement (pre-placement, placement, post-placement) and ways to prepare and help the whole family in each
  • Emotions identified by sons/daughters during each transition (arrival of child, arrival of additional children, engaging as siblings, departure of a child)
  • Challenges expressed by sons/daughters of growing up in a family that fosters
  • Benefits identified by sons/daughters of growing up in a family that fosters
  • Helping biological children understand the impact of trauma (why a child reacts in the way he or she does)

Monday, February 25, 2019 (register by Monday, February 18)
Grace Point Church, Bentonville
1201 NE McCollum Dr
Map to Grace Point Church, Bentonville

If fewer than 10 participants are registered by these respective dates, all who have registered for that location will be notified in advance that the training will be moved to an alternate date. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
For questions or additional information, please contact Adam at (479) 795-2417 ext. 303 or