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
Navigating Grief and Loss
All those involved in foster care can experience grief–the children in care, birth families, foster and adoptive parents, the biological children in foster and adoptive families. Sometimes, the intensity of the grief they experience is more profound than they first anticipated. A sudden or unexpected change, particularly strong attachment to the child, or earlier bereavement are just a few situations that can make separations even more difficult.
Included in this training’s discussion:
- How children in care and biological children may experience grief during each developmental stage (grieving behaviors in children are often misunderstood)
- Circumstances that can influence how foster parents grieve
- Disenfranchised grief of foster parents (a person does not feel able to publicly acknowledge a loss or is not fully supported by others due to an expectation of emotional detachment)
- Developmental grief (grief that subsides and reappears at milestones like holidays, significant events, and celebrations in the birth or foster family)
- Unresolved grief and loss and its impact on reunification support
- Enhancing support for other families affected
Thursday, March 5
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Northwest Church – Bentonville Campus
301 SW Unity Blvd. Bentonville, AR 72712
(One block west of Walton Blvd. near Garden City Nursery)
This training will include childcare, but its availability will be limited. Please register by Monday, February 24th if childcare will be needed and include the children’s ages in the registration. If childcare will not be needed, please register by Friday, February 28th.
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.
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Southern Heights Baptist Church
Berryville, AR 72616
This training will include childcare, but its availability will be limited. Please register by Friday, March 6th.
If fewer than 7 participants are registered one week in advance, all who have registered will be notified that the training will be moved to an alternate date.
For questions or additional information, please contact Adam at (479) 795-2417 ext. 303 or AMartin@nwacs.org.