Training

Our team brings years of experience to the table to provide trainings that are innovative, evidence-based, and engaging. Training specialties are outlined below. Each training can be facilitated on it’s own, or as part of a series.

Each training is conducted as a 90 minute session and can be facilitated both virtually or in person. Let’s talk about works for you! The cost of each 90 minute session is $500. That being said, we are always open to talking about costing adjustments. The bottom line is what we care about most is getting great services to children and families.

Ready to get the ball rolling? Get started by checking out the training offerings below and then completing our simple training inquiry form:

If you have questions, please reach out to melanie@forchildwelfare.org.

Intense Family Search & Engagement

Are you struggling to find more than just immediate family members? Does your heart tell you that the family needs more support and resources to stay together? We’ve got you covered. Thanks to years of experience with family search, engagement and kinship navigation, we have the frameworks, tips and tricks to gain your confidence and hone your approach. You are not alone.

We’ll work with you to not only find family, but find them urgently. Once you’ve found family we’ll teach you how to engage with them on deep, meaningful, relational levels to make sure you’ve set them up for stability. Only the family members themselves are the experts, and we have to build rapport in order to truly partner with them to overcome barriers and create plans for success.

The days of finding a grandmother, running quick background checks, dropping off the child and hoping for the best are over. We can do better. Let us show you how.

SESSION OFFERINGS:

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! Leave this training with new skills, approaches, scripts, and tools to make the most of your conversations with family members.

For those wanting to go a few steps further than what we offer in our standard Relational Engagement training, we’re offering this session which takes the fundamentals of relational engagement and runs with them into more nuanced territory. Learn tips and tricks for getting through to resistant relatives, 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.

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.

So much of the discussion about permanency for older youth is centered around legal permanency. That is, adoption, guardianship, or preparing them for independent living. However relational permanency is just as important for this vulnerable population. These youth need established lifelong connections they can turn to long after the child welfare system is out of the picture. Where will they spend holidays? Who do they call when their car breaks down? These questions we often take for granted in our own lives but it is so crucial for our older youth in foster care to establish these connections while we still have the opportunity to assist.

Consultation

Sometimes you know what you want to do, but aren’t quite sure how to get there. We get it. We’ve been there and muddled our way through. For those agencies not interested in one of our trainings at this time but want to connect, we’d love to talk!

Our team can provide instruction on intense family search & engagement, assist secure community and stakeholder buy-in, or collaborate on starting a brand new program from the ground up! Talking innovation is what drives us. Let’s get to work.

Reach out to Melanie Moredock at melanie@forchildwelfare.org.