FosterCon™ Fostering And Adoption Webinars

Take The First Step To Explore Foster Care Or Foster-Adopt

If you’ve considered fostering or adopting, but you’re unsure if you’re qualified or confused about where to start, you’re in the right place.

FosterCon was created to connect people at the beginning of their journeys with parents who have been there. You’ll hear authentic stories that inspire you and break your heart. You’ll get the chance to learn from people who said, “Yes” in a variety of ways and managed to navigate the obstacles along the way. Each of them is helping to dramatically improve the experiences and outcomes for kids in foster care.

You’ll leave each discussion knowing that the road may not be easy, but it is worth it. As adults, we can get frustrated with the system and give up, but the kids don’t get to opt out.

Nationwide we have only half as many licensed foster homes as kids in care, and 100,000 kids in foster care waiting for permanent adoptive homes who can’t be reunified with their bio families. We need more people with the courage and the perseverance to find their Yes. Find yours here.

2024 FosterCon Schedule

Fostering Primer

What It Looks Like To Engage Foster Care

Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 p.m. ET
Featuring: Barry Farmer

If you’re at the start of your journey to explore fostering, join a discussion with seasoned foster parents and explore everything from the licensing process and requirements to becoming trauma aware and preparing your family to foster.

Like many 20-year-olds, Barry Farmer felt adrift, unsure of what to do. He spotted an ad looking for foster parents and applied. Growing up in foster care, he knew how meaningful the role was to kids. But he had no idea he’d become a single dad to three sons before turning 30. (Read his story on “Today.”)

Fostering Permanency

Adopting From the Foster Care System

Tuesday, August 13, 7:30 p.m. ET
Featuring: Pam Willis

Some kids in foster care can’t be reunified with their biological families and are in need of adoptive families. Many people don’t know adoption from foster care exists or the great need for families willing to say “Yes.”

Pam and Gary Willis, already active foster parents, found their “Yes” in their 50s, after raising five bio kids,. The couple felt called to adopt seven siblings who had been in foster care for a year after losing their parents. Pam will share their journey to become a family and what she’s learned about foster-adopt from the perspective of their extraordinary, life-changing “Yes.” (Read their feature on “Today.”)

Sponsored by The Amini Family Foundation

Fostering Well-Being

Equipping Foster Families To Thrive

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Fostering is extremely rewarding and at times, very difficult. You’ll learn valuable tips on how to thrive holistically as a family. We will focus on self care, rest and rejuvenation, grieving loss, factors at play with your biological children, and finding support in your community.

Fostering Trauma Awareness

Introduction Trauma-Aware Parenting

Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.

Get a better understanding of the basics of trauma and how it impacts kids in foster care. We will look at things like how to become more attuned; how trauma creates sensitivity to the environment; trauma-aware parenting strategies; and resources and professional support to help you navigate trauma with kids in your care.

Fostering Support

Could You Start A Foster Friendly Community?

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Everyone has a vital role to play when it comes to engaging foster care. Learn ways you can support foster families through your business, faith community or in another capacity. Hear about the “Foster Friendly Communities” movement sweeping across America, and find your way to help improve the experiences and outcomes for kids in foster care.

Coming Soon

On-Demand Training Events

Engaging Biological Families And Reunification

A bio family and the foster family who cared for their child and encouraged them on their journey to reunification share their stories.

Former Foster Youth Speak Out

Experience foster care from the perspective of a child. Former foster youth share their experiences, learnings and insights about what it takes to foster well.

Cultural Components Of Fostering

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2023 FosterCon Webinar Series Available On-Demand

What Does It Mean To Engage Foster Care?

Get an introduction to foster care and learn the basics of what is involved in fostering, from the practical realities to the emotional and relational demands.

Fostering: From Licensing To Your First Placement

You’ve made the decision to foster. What do you need to know as you pursue licensing and prepare to accept your first placement? Gain practical tips, as well as guidance for helping kids adjust following arrival, and preparing to cope with trauma, grief and other big emotions that often accompany fostering.

How To Thrive As A Foster Parent

Fostering is hard work, but it doesn’t have to be lonely. Learn how to keep your family healthy and thriving as you care for children in foster care.

Caring for Sibling Groups and Other Pressing Needs in Foster Care

Did you know that half of sibling groups get separated in foster care? Teens also often are harder to place. Learn more about the special needs in foster care and explore if you might be equipped to serve in this way.