Subject: 

  • Self Identity

Credit Hours: 

1.50

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

Take the Course:

Estimated time to complete: 1.5 hours

A:  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:  CLICK HERE
B:  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:  CLICK HERE
C:  Review this blog by Royce Markley, an Oregon FosterClub Young Leader, about how learning about strategic sharing has helped develop his skills as a professional and how it has impacted the work he is doing today:  CLICK HERE

D:  Continue the conversation on the supportive adult forum, add a comment to course discussion topic question: CLICK HERE

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Course Discussion Question

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

  • Our home is one that encourages open communication about everything. We want our kids to tell us what is making them angry and what is making them feel sad. We in turn relay to them what (as much as we can) information we have and how we can fine tune the household so that everyone feels more comfortable. Compromise is the key and being able to share openly encourages looking for a solution, in my humble opinion. It does become difficult at times because of the situation they were in, we find cracks in their 'stories' all the time, but over the past year they have slowly opened up and aren't hiding much anymore. As far as sharing with those on the outside (not immediate family) we do not as it is none of their business, unless it is someone directly involved in the kids life (teacher, counselor, etc). We simply state that these are kids we are going to adopt.

    By 3 days 9 hours ago
  • I think it is important for children to be able to share their story but they should be educated in what is appropriate to share and what is not. We get questions all the time about the children we are fostering and soon to adopt. It's frustrating because people are so nosy!

    By 3 days 20 hours ago
  • I think it is part of the child's life and they should share their past experiences and you should engage the child.

    By 3 days 22 hours ago

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