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.)

  • Things that I find are helpful are getting down to eye level, welcoming them, sensing out how they are feeling, giving them a space that is their own-comfy. Letting them know where things are that they may need and that they have free access to. Forshadowing the routine for them-so that they know what to expect. Be consistent, yet sensitive. Finding out their interests and making plans to enjoy those.

    By 2 days 20 hours ago
  • I do Listen...Screaming, fighting, and many other difficult situations. They are Children, not adults...Treat them like CHILDREN...They need to have someone who will listen, protect, and put them first.

    By 3 days 19 hours ago
  • I believe listening is a great quality a foster parent can have. Being a genuine listener, and willing to hear the child's struggles and concerns can help begin to build trust.

    By 3 days 22 hours ago

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