… this training illustrates the personal power of our individual stories. To be able to honestly and appropriately help a child welfare involved youth piece together their story is a tremendous gift. I can think of no better way to honor them and actively show them they are loved and valued.
Adoptive and Foster families, if you:
- Have been given a blank Lifebook and have no idea what to do to with it.
- Don’t know what to say to kids about kids’ birth parents, or why kids came into care.
- Don’t know what to do with photos of your foster child, or of your adopted child’s birth family.
- Have no idea where you will find time to do one more thing.
- Want what’s best for kids, but don’t know where to start.
Then this training is for you.
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This 2 hour adoptive and foster parent focused training will enable parents to:
- Be child-led when talking to children about their stories
- Maintain foster and adopted children’s history as they grow.
- Consider what children might want to know when they are older, about their birth families and time in care.
- To name what they want children to understand about their time in their families.
To learn what:
- Is age-appropriate to share or not share.
- A good history looks and sounds like.
- To include when gathering information.
- Questions to talk with a therapist about and what parents can answer themselves.
And be armed with super practical tips on how:
- To find extra minutes on even the busiest of days.
- To talk to kids about their stories at any age.
- To be open without being retraumatizing.
- To hold children’s information with privacy, not secrecy.
- To gather children’s stories, history, and medical information.
- To start or complete a Lifebook (with examples).
Families should attend this training:
- Before, during, or after placement of children in foster care, or are placed for adoption.
- When parents want to share photos and memories with children.
- When parents learn of a move of a much-loved foster child.
- If parents think children will forget their time with a foster family, because they of their age, or the time spent together was short.
*2-hour ongoing training certificate provided after an evaluation is received.
Your presenter will be Power of Story Founder and Executive Director Alisa Matheson.
She combines her lived experiences as a foster and then adoptive mom, child welfare worker, and parent trainer, along with the formal training she received while earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Lifestory Work.
As a foster mom, Alisa completed over 30 lifebooks, and found that being curious about their past, as well as sharing memories and photos with children she cared for has not taken away from the private parenting moments, but in fact increased the connection with children and their parents.
And a child welfare worker, she has personally completed over 80 Social and Medical Histories and has found that lifebooks and social medical histories are the MOST important “paperwork” that could ever be completed by a child protection or permanency worker.
Come be empowered to bring these powerful items to the youth YOU care about.
Hope to “see” you there!
Workers, if you would like a training for yourself, check out the Child Welfare Staff Workshop: Capturing the Essence of Youths’ Stories.
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