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3.00 credit hours — posted Dec 2, 2016
A young person's care and development, in foster care, should be the top concern of all supportive adults involved. Foster parents may need to take unique steps to ensure the young person's maximum well-being if the child's cultural background is different than their own. This means a thorough respect and...
1.50 credit hours — posted Dec 2, 2016
A large contributing factor for the success of foster youth is educational stability. Young people involved in the child welfare systems deserve a quality education that allows them to develop the skills and competencies necessary for them to become successful adults. Learn what laws are in place to protect the...
1.50 credit hours — posted Oct 5, 2016
A foster youth's story is powerful and knowing how to share that story to maximize impact is essential. For the young person in care, knowing how to strategically navigate through tough topics surrounding foster care, or any other discussion, can influence others in a positive way, without making anyone uncomfortable...
2.00 credit hours — posted Sep 20, 2016
The necessary removal of children from their caregiver(s) to whom they are attached, can have both positive and negative aspects. From a child protection perspective, separation has several benefits, the most obvious being the immediate safety of the child. Separating a parent and child can also have profoundly negative effects...
2.25 credit hours — posted Jun 27, 2016
Please take Psychotropic Medications prior to this course. In this module, we’ll look further into the use of psychotropic medications in children and youth in foster care, beginning with a landmark investigation by the Bay Area News Group in California. Review of a report from the American Bar Association provides...
2.50 credit hours — posted Jun 24, 2016
The overuse of psychotropic medication for children and youth in foster care has been a hot topic, as profiled in the national news and in discussions among policy makers and child welfare professionals. It is critical that foster parents have a strong understanding of this important issue, so they can...
2.50 credit hours — posted May 6, 2016
Sometimes it can be helpful to step back and gain a big-picture perspective on foster care. This overview provides basic information about the child welfare system, including how a child enters care in the first place, statistics, and a look at the foster care experience from a young person’s viewpoint...
2.50 credit hours — posted May 5, 2016
Provides information for foster parents to help them learn about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks.
2.50 credit hours — posted Mar 29, 2016
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. Many foster children have experienced multiple traumatic events in their childhood. It’s...
2.00 credit hours — posted Mar 29, 2016
Why do so many foster youth lose connections with their siblings? Is there anything you can do to help them stay connected? And why is it such a big deal, anyway? This course will explore the profound impact of sibling relationships on young people in foster care and provide ideas...

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