Foster carers have the important role of supporting children, young people and adoptive parents through the transition from foster care to adoptive placements. It can be a challenging time for all and one full of mixed emotions. The course will involve a variety of learning methods, and will be designed to promote exploration and discussion of the crucial issues.
The course will involve a variety of learning methods, and will be designed to promote exploration and discussion of the following:
- the range of reasons why children move on for adoption
- the impact of loss for the child, foster carers, foster families and social workers.
- sharing previous experiences of placement endings.
- strategies to help the child/children make the transition.
- minimising the trauma of moves for yourself and your family.
During the training participants will:
- understand the range of reasons why placements come to an end
- recognise the impact of transitions on the children and adults involved
- know how to help children and young people deal with their sense of loss resulting from change and help them prepare for moves
- considered their own feelings and how to manage them and those of their family.
The training is delivered by Philippa Williams, who has personal experience as a foster carer and adoptive parent. She ran The Fostering Network’s Support Care project in Wales and now delivers training for us as an associate, in addition to her work for Adoption UK.
The course costs £117.60 including VAT