Foster parent training
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.
Foster Parent Training Opportunities
An Overview of Common Mental Health Diagnoses and Interventions for Children and Teens in Foster Care
The American Academy of Pediatrics identifies mental and behavioral health as the “greatest unmet health need for children and teens in foster care.” After all, mental and behavioral health requires the presence of “at least one nurturing, responsive caregiver who is stable in a child’s or teen’s life over time.”
Upon entering foster care, most children and teens have already had many traumatic experiences that have affected their well-being. Then in foster care, ongoing uncertainty, multiple losses and transitions can further erode their mental and behavioral health. As a result, these children and teens accumulate mental health diagnoses at a greater rate than their peers who were never involved in foster care.
This training will provide an overview of some of the most prevalent mental health diagnoses for children and teens in foster care and the interventions commonly used to treat and support them.
A Google Meet link will be sent in advance to the email address provided during registration.
For questions or additional information, please contact Adam at (479) 795-2417 or AMartin@nwacs.org.