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Foster Source Podcast

Here you can find the audio files of our weekly trainings available online! We understand the important of convenience, so listen and learn at your leisure! No training credits will be rewarded.
  • ACES
    Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events occurring before the age of 18. ACEs include all types of abuse and neglect, as well as parental mental illness, substance use, divorce, incarceration, and domestic violence. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between the number of ACEs a child experienced and a variety of negative outcomes in adulthood, to include poor physical and mental health, substance abuse, and risky behaviors. The more ACEs experienced, the greater the risk for these outcomes. When children do experience trauma, understanding the impact of ACEs can lead to more trauma-informed interventions that help to mitigate negative outcomes.
  • The Intersection of Transracial Adoption and Racial (in)Justice
    It is critical that caregivers and parents understand the history of why children of color are over-represented in child-welfare in order to avoid perpetuating racism and to instead embrace an anti-racist outlook to support the health and wellbeing of transracial adoptees and/or transracial foster youth. This training will cover: history of race in child-welfare within the United States (laws & definitions), American racial norms and implicit biases, and transracial adoptee identity.
  • Socialization and COVID-19
    During this uncertain time, a concern for all parents is how to best manage our children's emotional health while keeping them physically safe and adhering to guidelines. This training provides information around the concept of socialization as a key part of development. As we unpack the concept of socialization, we explore considerations for foster parents. This time will offer an opportunity for collaborative discussion around integrating our children into social settings within our "new normal".
  • Ask an Attorney Welfare Panel
    Join us for an organized panel featuring experienced attorneys to learn more about the child welfare legal system. This event will feature a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), a Respondent Parent Counsel (RPC), and a private family law attorney. This event is intended to educate foster and kinship parents on navigating aspects of the child welfare system.
  • Substance Use 101
    We will be discussing the ins and outs of alcohol, marijuana, stimulants (methamphetamine, cocaine) and opioids (prescription pain pills, heroin). This will include the slang terms, prevalence, the impact on the brain and body, and treatment options. Come and learn how substance use impacts the child welfare system.
  • What Foster, Pre- and Post-Adoptive Families Need to Know About FASD
    Research estimates children in the foster care system are 10 to 15 times more likely to be exposed to alcohol prenatally than the general population making this population especially at risk of having a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD is a medical condition that consists of a range of physical, behavioral, mental and cognitive symptoms caused by alcohol exposed pregnancies. This training will provide an overview of the basics of FASD, discusses common symptoms and the challenges caregivers and families face related to FASD in the foster care system. Then we will explore effective strategies to best support children with an FASD.
  • Parents in Child Welfare
    We are hosting a biological parent, kinship parent, foster parent, and foster care alumni parent to discuss their experiences and provide different perspectives. This panel discusses some difficult topics and shares a wide range of opinions. It may be uncomfortable at times. We appreciate your willingness to be open and vulnerable. No training hours are available via podcast.
  • I-Generation
    Shari Simmons, MSW, LCSW discusses the cluster traits of the I-Generation and implications for parents raising them. She will also discuss how this generation of youth is being impacted by current life events. I-Gen has been defined as children born between 1995-2012. Key aspects of this generation are increased media consumption, the love for electronics, the need to multitask and the desire to use electronic communication over phone calls or face-to-face communication. No training hours available via podcast.
  • Mindful Manners and Happy Holidays
    People celebrate holidays differently. It is important to discuss cultural values and special days to offer insight on past trauma. Children may feel safer talking about holidays compared to talking about race and culture. We need to have mindful discussions about holidays to enhance communication and bonding. This training aims to increase awareness of biases and reduce the risk for accidental microaggressions. We hope to identify healthy strategies for exploring differences.
  • Foster Care Alumni Panel
    Come and hear from adults that were formerly in care. What do they feel their foster parents did right? What do they wish their foster parents had known? What do they wish their foster parents had done differently? -No training hours available in this format.
  • Supporting Trans and Gender Fluid Children and Youth 101
    As a result of a variety of converging factors including societal oppression and discrimination, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender fluid individuals are at greater risk for depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance abuse, and trauma than same-aged peers. Support systems are vital in caring for these diverse populations and are well positioned to break cycles of oppression both within the caregiver system and through advocacy. The purpose of this seminar is to increase personal awareness, increase knowledge, and build greater competency in working with trans and gender fluid youth.
  • Which Way? Exploring the Traumatized Brain
    Based on the memoir, Which Way? written by Shari Simmons that focuses on trauma, Shari will unveil the powerful decisions clients make about the path that leads to healing. Shari deconstructs beliefs that prevent clients from embracing truth and moving forward in their lives. She highlights evidence-based programming for clients and stresses the importance of self-care and emotional regulation for those on the front lines.
  • What is Reactive Attachment Disorder: An Experiential Point of View
    RAD Advocates will be sharing personal experiences that highlight what living with a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder looks like in the home. They will discuss what families can do to make a difference in the life of a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder. These experiences will be contrasted against some of the definitions and explanations that professionals tend to use when discussing children with attachment issues. Parenting any child who has a traumatic background is difficult. That difficulty is compounded when a child is unable to attach to a parent. Diagnosing R.A.D. can be difficult because children with attachment issues can exhibit a wide range of behaviors. Having an accurate diagnosis and receiving proper treatment is critical. If a child remains undiagnosed or receives ineffective treatment, their disorder can become increasingly worse. R.A.D. Advocates hopes to provide foster/adoptive parents with more knowledge on identifying R.A.D and finding support.
  • Navigating Special Ed 2.0
    Come and learn tips from Special Education Advocate Roxanne Bradley. This is your chance to learn from an expert how to advocate for your children! This class will address the laws behind and the steps involved in getting your child on an ALP, 504, or IEP. No training hours will be earned.
  • Connecting with Teens
    Teenage foster placements can be intimidating. Through our time together in this course, we will address ways of parenting from a place of trauma-informed care and connectedness. This will cover building blocks of relationship building as well as co-regulation and appropriate ways to support your teen. No training hours will be earned.
  • Foundations of Potty Training
    This potty training workshop is designed to teach parents the foundations needed by children and a family for potty training. It focuses on the behaviors and skills required for a child to be independent with the restroom routine. It will also focus on how to teach these skills for children that have experienced trauma and how techniques can be modified to help children be successful with toilet training. What People Are Saying: "Very helpful on tips for potty training and overcoming challenges." "Learning to potty train kids with trauma is super helpful!" "SUPER helpful! So much great practical advice and coaching. Would definitely recommend to do again."