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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.
John DeGarmo, director of the Foster Care Institute
Featuring: John DeGarmo, Ed.D.

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.

Dr. John DeGarmo is a leading international foster care expert, consultant, and TED Talk speaker. He is the author of several foster care books, including the new book The Little Book of Foster Care Wisdom: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement for Foster Care Families, the best selling book Faith and Foster Care,  as well as the foster care children’s book A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story.  He is the director of The Foster Care Institute, and acts as a consultant to foster care agencies as well as an expert witness to legal agencies across the U.S. and around the globe.

Fostering Trauma Awareness

Introduction Trauma-Aware Parenting

Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring: Ryan and Kayla North

Get a better understanding of the basics of trauma and how it impacts kids in foster care. We will explore 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.

Ryan and Kayla North are a dynamic husband-and-wife duo who have dedicated their careers to helping adults create environments where children feel safe, welcome, and loved. Their commitment to empowering caregivers and strengthening families has earned them a well-deserved reputation as leaders in the field of parenting and child development.

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

* Former Foster Youth Speak Out

* Cultural Components Of Fostering

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The Foster Friendly Podcast

We’re bringing foster care closer to home by sharing stories from the front lines. You’ll meet former foster youth, foster parents and a wide range of others who are finding unique and powerful ways to dramatically improve the experiences and outcomes for kids in foster care.
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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.

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