Credit hours:
1.50

Course Summary

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 including the individual sharing. In this course learn how you, as a supportive adult, can help ensure the safety of a young person and gain access to tools developed to help prepare and support a young person sharing their personal story.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • how to help re-frame foster care experience as expertise
  • how to teach your youth to safely tell stories by retaining boundaries
  • the purpose for which one might share a personal story

Step 1

Review this  Strategic Sharing Guide developed by Casey Family Programs and Foster Care Alumni of America, and learn why strategic sharing is important, the reasons for sharing personal experiences, and gain skills you can use to develop and nurture the strategic sharing philosophy within your youth

Step 2

Review this  Strategic Sharing Tool developed by The National Resource Center for Youth Development in collaboration with FosterClub, and provide it to youth in your care. This tool will help begin a discussion regarding their story, recognizing that it is precious and hard earned and the importance of protecting themselves

Step 3

Review this blog written by Royce Markley,  ”Why is Strategic Sharing Important to Me?” This Oregon FosterClub Young Leader writes how learning about strategic sharing has helped develop his skills as a professional and how it impacts the work he is doing today.

Step 4

Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:

How will you talk to young people entering your home about strategic sharing?

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Course Discussion

Tinymutt's picture

Tinymutt said:

I would let them know that they have support from me and to let them know how to safely share their experiences.
LJR's picture

LJR said:

I would discuss strategic sharing as a valuable approach for children and youth to share their stories. It is important to have conversations with children about strategic sharing in order to protect them. Their stories can be very different from what many people have heard or experienced themselves, so strategic sharing sets boundaries and helps them to share safely.
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mcmerolla said:

I do feel it is important to talk to children entering my home about strategic sharing carefully. It is important to realize that information put out there to the world can easily be spread. Once its out there though, its hard to take it back. This goes for any information & pictures. We must be careful what is said in person and on social media.
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merollba said:

we have already run into issues around strategic sharing over the three years we have been doing foster care. i think the green, yellow, red light strategy is a great idea that's easy to remember and am going to try and incorporate it into our conversations with our kids
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oaktomas said:

Each of the children who have joined our home has been an infant. This training will be valuable for us to share with them in the future and right now it is helpful for us as foster/adoptive parents when communicating with our friends and family who are both wanting to be supportive of us and the children as well as are curious about the process and situations. The framework will help us as a couple approach situations similarly having talked in advance.
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Capt Vegetable said:

As all of the children place into our home have been 2 months or younger, this training makes me think about how I gradually share information with them as is developmentally appropriate. We try to share what is needed when it is needed so that all of the children grow up having an honest and healthy self identity. This framework will be helpful in teaching kids at different ages how/if/when/why to share their own personal history.
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josehunter said:

It is vital for those who have taken a parent role to know the strategy in how to communicate sharing in a way that helps them maintain credibility along with not disclosing to much information that they may not be ready to reveal until they are ready and in the right circle of trust.
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Janieb814 said:

It is important to help youth entering our home to be cautious when sharing information about their story. I feel it can be therapeutic in a sense to share their story but they don't want to share too much and cause more trauma to themselves. Explaining to youth that it is healthy to discuss their past, but to always be careful who you share it with. Certain details should be reserved for family and close friends.
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Mark Guidry said:

I will help them learn how to share their story in a way that is comfortable to them.
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ktrickel said:

I will help all foster youth entering my home to come up with their responses to uncomfortable questions they may get that does not force them to give away personal information about themselves. I will also help them to come up with a couple of escape hatch options so that they can get out of answering uncomfortable questions.