Training & Coaching Services
Our team brings years of experience to the table to provide trainings that are innovative, evidence-based, and engaging. We will work with you to develop a customized training and support plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Our costing is completely flexible, as our #1 priority is getting the content to those who need it.
Are you struggling to find more than just immediate family members? Struggling to build rapport with family members once they’re found? Does your heart tell you that the family needs more support and resources to stay together? We’ve got you covered. We have the frameworks, tips and tricks to increase your confidence and hone your approach. Whether a child is on the verge of entering care or has been in the system for some time, they deserve to be connected to family, and we’ll work with you to make it happen.
It’s been proven time and time again that children do better when with their family AND family can take care of family when simply given the chance…so why is it so hard to get agency-wide buy-in to this concept? Because changing the way we’ve thought for over a decade is just.plain.hard. We’d love to walk you through a journey of why family is best for our kids AND the improved outcomes that can be achieved with a shift to kin-first mindset.
We love being able to put on our detective hats, and start digging deep to first and foremost identify and locate family members. In this training you’ll learn the most urgent and creative techniques we’ve found to get this done. From questions to ask family members to get the most information, to how to utilize publicly available information on the internet, to completely outside the box ideas we’ve found to get out into the field and find folks, we’ve got you covered.
This is social work, so why have we taken the social dynamic out of our engagements? Productive engagement requires a relational approach. We care, and we have to show it. We must build rapport in order to then be able to have deep, sometimes difficult conversations to make sure that the relative is prepared for everything that might come up as they care for or are connected to the child. Remember, the families are the experts, we have to reach them on a human level to tap into their expertise! Learn new skills, approaches, scripts, and tools to make the most of your conversations with family members. Learn tips and tricks for getting through to resistant relatives, and breaking down barriers to rapport so that real partnership can take hold. After an empathetic and accepting relationship has been established, the real work begins. We’ll take you outside of your comfort zone, empowering you to have courageous conversations about very difficult topics with children and families. We have to be willing to call out the hard stuff, and work through it with the families in order to creatively overcome barriers to a family member being involved in a child’s life.
Too often parents within the child welfare system are set up to fail. Learn how to bust down the toxic power dynamics that impair parental involvement, and how to build a working partnership with parents to create the best possible outcomes.
How often do we hear stories of a child being placed with a relative, only to disrupt back to a foster home? Unfortunately, far too often. Searching for family and finding a family member willing to take a child is exciting stuff! But the work doesn’t end there. Finding the supports and making sure the family is set up for success is even more rewarding. This training emphasizes the importance of supports in placement stability, and highlights how to engage family members in filling the support roles even if the child remains in a traditional foster home. We will walk you through how to identify what supports are necessary – for both the relative placement provider and the child – and how to achieve those supports. We will also explore the best way to link the supports when incorporating family members who aren’t already connected.
When relatives commit to careing for their loved ones, everything changes. Their roles within the family, their loyalties, hopes, relationships and expectations. Too long have relative caregivers not been given the specific support they need to successfully care for their loved ones until they can return home. Join us as we explore the unique needs of relative caregivers and creative ways to meet those needs to ensure stability.
Instead of focusing on “why we can’t” involve family, let’s constantly be asking “WHY CAN’T WE?” Leave this session both inspired and knowledgeable on how to get creative in partnering with families to solve problems and keep them involved with the children they love.
When children come into foster care, they lose their caregivers, but also their extended families, culture, routines, activities, and connections to their identity. We have to give children their lives back! Learn strategies for keeping children connected to the people, places, and activities they love, while maintaining safety.
For years in child welfare a major gap has existed between birth and foster parents. Fueled by mistrust, fear, resentment, defensiveness, and trauma, this gap in partnership has only caused the children in the system to suffer. Research shows that children thrive under consistency in parenting. They need to see that all adults in their lives are on the same page and have their best interests at heart. Birth and foster parents working collaboratively and building lasting relationships provides this consistency and models healthy relationships for the children. Join us as we explore specific strategies to bridge this gap between birth and foster families, and subsequently create better outcomes for children in the short and long term.
Some of the feedback we’ve received:
“I really enjoyed the training! I always enjoy trainings from this organization- I always learn something!”
“The content of the training led me to think about this topic in new ways. This will be helpful and will guide conversations as I assess potential foster/adoptive caregivers’ openness to partnering with a youth’s family.”
“I learned to be more mindful of language, tone setting used with and surrounding birth family & model that for staff.”
“I thought this training was very helpful and I appreciated the presenters bringing their own professional experiences into the session.”
“I learned new methods to engage clients and a more efficient way of asking open ended questions.”
“Thank you for speaking with us again! I always feel very encouraged after your trainings. :)”
“This training is a good reminder of the importance of partnership between everyone caring for/making decisions for youth in foster care. I will encourage the foster parents and child welfare workers that I partner with to always keep the youth at forefront of the work.”
“I will have more conversations with prospective adoptive families about the importance of birth family connections.”
“You guys’ trainings are always so personable and insightful.”