Subject: 

  • Navigating the Foster Care System

Credit Hours: 

2.00

introduction to foster care

Course Summary:

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. You’ll also receive insight from a national journalist, young people, and the federal government.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • The ways a child can enter foster care.
  • The basic path a child welfare case follows.
  • What entering care might feel like to a child.
  • General statistics for child welfare.

 

Take the Course:

Estimated time to complete: 2.0 hours

A: Watch ReMoved Film. This fictional short film provides a moving depiction of what entering foster care looks like from a child’s perspective.

B: Watch the video below. Reporter Lisa Ling, producer of Our America, provides some insights she gained as she reported on Los Angeles’ child welfare system.

C: Read the guide, How the Child Welfare System Works. This guide from the Child Welfare Information Gateway (a service of the Children’s Bureau) provides a high-level overview of how the child welfare system is designed to work. CLICK HERE
D: Review A Child’s Journey Through Foster Care, a simplified diagram that illustrates how a child moves through the child welfare system. CLICK HERE
E: Read the following foster care statistics. Child welfare statistics usually run several years behind the current year. While the statistics shown in this training module are from 2014, they are useful in looking at general child welfare statistics and current trends. CLICK HERE
F: Watch the short film, The Well-Being Journey for Youth in Foster Care from the Youth Transition Funders Group, where young people share their foster care experiences.

G: Continue the conversation on the supportive adult forum by adding a comment to the discussion topic question. CLICK HERE

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Course Discussion Question

Provide one idea, either that you’ve tried, plan to try, or believe a foster parent could try, that would ease a child’s entry into the foster care system. (Please leave out the child's name.)

  • We showed our foster son around and set a couple ground rules so he knew kind of what to expect. We would also make sure he knew he could always ask questions about our home or our rules or about us. Then we maintained a friendly and open attitude, inviting him to hang out with us or participate in family activities, but we're okay if he wanted to be alone.

    By 1 day 22 hours ago
  • We have always tried our best to make the child part of our family in every way, sometimes, if they are older, they need time to adjust before they are able to participate in family activities. We try to give them time alone if they need it and are always available for them to talk. We also try to keep in contact with the parent(s) if the situation allows and help the parent learn better parenting skills.

    By 3 weeks 6 days ago
  • Any child that has come into our home we treat like they are part of the family. We do not see gender, race, religion, disability or anything that makes them seem different. We only see a child that needs a loving home and family.

    By 3 weeks 6 days ago

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