In this course, you can expect to learn:
- Your role as a foster parent in helping a young person maintain connections to their birth parents
- Positive ways to help a young person stay connected to birth parents
- Strategies for building healthy and safe relationships with birth parents
- Why relationships with birth parents are so important for youth in care, even if reunification is not the goal
Read Kodi’s story about “Preparing for Reunification” with his birth mother and the importance and impact maintaining the connection to her made.
Step 2Foster parents play a critical role when it comes to maintaining connections between youth and their family of origin. Review the following resource developed by the state of Wisconsin “Developing And Maintaining Family Connection”, to gain insight into how to promote and strengthen safe and healthy relationships.
Step 3Learn about some of the struggles foster parents face when trying to help maintain family connections for youth who are in their care; as well as the potential benefits of creating supportive relationships with birth parents by reviewing Fostering Perspectives article “Making a Difference by Maintaining Connections.”
Step 4Foster parents can be one of the most important resources to help children and families reunify. Review “Resource Family Tip Sheet for Supporting Reunification” developed by the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law for resources and tips on how to support a safe reunification.
Step 5Learn why it is so important to help a young person remain connected to an incarcerated parent by reviewing Linda’s Story “Visiting Hours - Kids have a Right to see their Parents in Prison”
Join the Discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:
Why is it important to help a young person maintain connections to their family of origin even if reunification is not the permanency plan?