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A Coordinated Response to Child Abuse and Neglect: The Foundation for Practice, provides the keystone for the series, published by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. LBCR LBCRA Coordinated Response to Child Abuse and Neglect: The Foundation for Practice [ 8 hrs ]
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A Coordinated Response to Child Abuse and Neglect: The Foundation for Practice, provides the keystone for the series, published by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

Coordinated Response to Child Abuse and Neglect: The Foundation for Practice [ 8 hrs ]

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A Treatment Study of Children With ADHD [.25 hrs – Adobe Acrobat Reader Rqd.]
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Of interest to anyone with ADHD children, this Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention summary provides valuable insight into the merits of combining a medication & behavioral modifcation treatment approach.Pass this on to families and teachers of ADHD children, as it underscores the need for structure in the home & school to modify the child’s behavior, and not solely to rely on medication
Aging Out of Foster Care [45mins]
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While this study centers on youth who “aged out” of foster care in Clark County, Nevada (the greater Las Vegas area), it accurately reflects & summarizes the challenges & obstacles of most children who transition out of foster care by age.This study illuminates one of the major short-comings of the foster care system. Learning Objective: Increase foster parents’ awareness of “aging out” problemCurriculum activity: Reading text
Autism Gives Woman An ‘Alien View’ Of Social Brains – [.5 Hrs]
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This report deals with socialization skills and how this 27-year old college autistic college student sees them.

Autism: Dr. Fred Volkmar on Asperger’s Syndrome – Audio Interview – Turn up you speakers! .5 hrs
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This is a National Public Radio interview by Terry Gross on the NPR program, Fresh Air, with Dr. Fred Volkmar about Asperger’s Syndrom. Dr. Volkmar is a leading researcher in Asperger’s Syndrome, generally considered to be a form of autism characterized by deficits in social interaction and non-verbal communication. In the early 1990s, Volkmar led the team that helped develop the definition of autism used by the American Psychiatric Assoc. He is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center.
Autism: Michael John Carley on Asperger’s Syndrome – Audio Interview – Turn up you speakers! .25 hrs
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Fresh Air from WHYY, May 5, 2004 · Michael Carley is the executive director of GRASP, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership. In 2000, he and his then 4-year-old son were diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. GRASP works to educate the public about the disorder.
Autism: Temple Grandin Audio Interview – Turn up you speakers! .5 hrs
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Audio Interview with Temple Grandin author of “A Key to Animal Behavior”. Fresh Air Interview from WHYY, January 11, 2005. In January 2005, Terry Gross of National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” program interviewed Temple Grandin. This audio interview provides a great insight into the world of autism. Temple Grandin is currently an assistant professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Her new book is “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior”. Temple Grandin is one of the nation’s top designers of livestock facilities. She is also autistic. In her 1995 book “Thinking in Pictures”, she described how her inner-autistic world led her to develop an empathy for how animals cope.
Back to School: Teaching “non-cognitive skills” [ 1.0 Hr ]
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As foster parents, we spend a considerable amount of time teaching youth in our care non-cognitive skills like listening, following directions, impulse control. This one-hour broadcast focuses on how these qualities are becoming more vital in education.

From National Public Radio station WBEZ, This American Life presents:

Back to School: How “non-cognitive skills” — qualities like tenacity, resilience, impulse control — are being viewed as increasingly vital in education.

Originally broadcast Sep 14, 2012.

As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerging theory about what to teach kids, from Paul Tough’s new book How Children Succeed.

This broadcast is in three parts.

Part one 4.5 mins: Host Ira Glass talks about his experiences reporting on education and the unending question of how we can make schools better.

Part two 38.5 mins: Paul Tough discusses how “non-cognitive skills” — qualities like tenacity, resilience, impulse control — are being viewed as increasingly vital in education, and Ira speaks with economist James Heckman, who’s been at the center of this research and this shift.

Doctor Nadine Burke Harris weighs in to discuss studies that show how poverty-related stress can affect brain development, and inhibit the development of non-cognitive skills.

Part three 11 mins: How non-cognitive skills can be taught to older kids — who have gone much longer without learning things like self-control, conscientiousness and resilience. Economist James Heckman then discusses the ways in which this shift in emphasis could change the way we practice education and the way we think about learning.

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Behavior Management: Discipline & Punishment (1 hr)
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Punishment is very different from Discipline.This interactive lesson explores those differences, particularly as they apply to foster parents.Lesson Objective: Presents to foster parents differences between “Punishment” and “Discipline” with emphasis on avoidance of actions which can be considered abusiveCurriculum activity: Reading textEvaluation: Mutilple choice quiz with automatic scoring
Bipolar Disorders in Children & Adolescents (2 hrs)
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Interactive – 2 hrs, 18 pages. Dr. Chandler, an American Pediatric Psychiatrist practicing in Nova Scotia, Canada, offers an excellent online segment which thoroughly covers Bipolar Disorders in children. While rare, this serious mood disorder is one of the most overlooked mental illnesses in children. What’s most important is that the earlier it’s diagnosed and treated, the more successful the treatment. We rate this as two hours worth of training given its thorough treatment of the subject. Lots of “food for thought” here! We suggest you discuss it with other FP’s in an online discussion group using either our Foster Parent Chat Room or Message Board.Lesson Objective: Provide foster parents with basic understanding of child & adolescent bipolar disorders & symptomsCurriculum activity: Reading textEvaluation: Mutilple choice quiz with automatic scoring Many foster children suffer from some type of personality disorder. Because foster parents are “on the front line”, we are often the first to recognize that the child has a problem. It’s imporant therefore for foster parents to have an awareness of what some of these personality disorders are and how they can be treated.
Blood Bourne Pathogens & Other Potentially Infectious Materials (1 hr)
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An excellent overview of the risks of infection one is exposed to when dealing with blood or other bodily fluids or materials, and the basic precautions one should take to avoid infection of yourself or others.

Written primarily for healthcare workers, this 7-page overview can be equally applied to foster parents.

Includes a 10-question, self-test (no score is kept).
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Borderline Personality: Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder, and finding treatment that works ( 1 hr )
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Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder, and finding treatment that works. Guest: Dr. Leland Heller

Many foster children suffer from some type of personality disorder. Because foster parents are “on the front line”, we are often the first to recognize that the child has a problem. It’s imporant therefore for foster parents to have an awareness of what some of these personality disorders are and how they can be treated.

CPR-When to use [.5 hr]
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30 mins: A summary of when to use CPR and the steps involved. Makes a good reference to refresh yourself. This is not intended as a substitute for taking CPR training from a qualified CPR instructor. Most agencies require foster parents to be CPR qualified annually.
Casey Foundation 2003 Kids Count Essay:
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This essay, which accompanies the nationally acclaimed annual “Kids Count” report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, lays out practical solutions to helping low income families. If applied, these solutions can have a positive impact our nation’s children. The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2003 Kids Count Data Book essay entitled ‘THE HIGH COST OF BEING POOR: Another Perspective on Helping Low-Income Families Get By and Get Ahead’ analyzes the growing problem of predatory pricing and wealth-stripping faced by low-income working families, draining resources that are needed by their children. The Casey Foundation offers a number of solutions to the largely-ignored issue of the high costs of being poor in America. ABOUT THE CASEY FOUNDATION: Since 1948, the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has worked to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.
Child Abuse Awareness – Reading Text & Quiz [2 hrs]
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Awareness of child abuse in its various forms is the first step in prevention. As foster parents, we need to be pro-active in making others aware of the problem.This module is designed to be used by foster parents to train others about the growing problem of child abuse. When presented, this training workshop should only last about one-hour.Additional training aids will be presented as part of this “Child Abuse Awareness” series. These include the quiz which is included here, a separate copy of the reading text which can be copied & handed out, a community resource sheet and a sample poster. CONFIDENTIALITY: Foster parents are advised to respect confidentiality of the children in their care when discussing child abuse issues. Foster parents are encouraged to become more proactive by offering to hold a Child Abuse Awareness training session at their work, school, church or community group.The recommended number of participants is 10 to 12.
Child Abuse Awareness – Workshop Guide [2 hrs], Acrobat Reader Required
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A complete guide to putting on a one-hour Child Abuse Awareness workshop for 10 to 12 people at work, school, church or anywhere in the community.Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.Inludes pages which the foster parent can print out, copy and hand out to workshop participants: Workshop Poster, Community Resource List, Child Abuse Awareness Quiz, etc.A very detailed guide to puttng on an awareness workshop. Anyone foster parent who takes the time to prepare and make copies of the handouts, can do it, even if you’ve never conducted a workshop before!
Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers ( 8 hrs ) [Acrobat Reader Required]
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Must reading for any foster parent who wants to understand the process of Child Protective Services. This 145-page manual, Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers, examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers, who are at the forefront of every community’s child protection efforts. The manual describes the basic stages of the CPS process and the steps necessary to accomplish each stage: intake, initial assessment or investigation, family assessment, case planning, service provision, evaluation of family progress, and case closure. Best practices and critical issues in casework practice are underscored throughout. The primary audience for this manual includes CPS caseworkers, supervisors, and administrators. State and local CPS agency trainers may use the manual for preservice or inservice training of CPS caseworkers, while schools of social work may add it to class reading lists to orient students to the field of child protection. In addition, other professionals and concerned community members may consult the manual for a greater understanding of the child protection process.
Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers ( 8 hrs )
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(HTML Faster Loading Version of the above) Must reading for any foster parent who wants to understand the process of Child Protective Services. This 145-page manual, Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers, examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers, who are at the forefront of every community’s child protection efforts. The manual describes the basic stages of the CPS process and the steps necessary to accomplish each stage: intake, initial assessment or investigation, family assessment, case planning, service provision, evaluation of family progress, and case closure. Best practices and critical issues in casework practice are underscored throughout. The primary audience for this manual includes CPS caseworkers, supervisors, and administrators. State and local CPS agency trainers may use the manual for preservice or inservice training of CPS caseworkers, while schools of social work may add it to class reading lists to orient students to the field of child protection. In addition, other professionals and concerned community members may consult the manual for a greater understanding of the child protection process.
Childrens Sexual Behaviors.pdf [.5 hr]
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An overview of normal and abnormal sexual behaviors in children.
Clean – A critical look at the nation’s approach to drug treatment [ .75 Hr ]
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A Father Tells The Story Of His Son’s Struggle To Stay ‘Clean’

National Public Radio Fresh Air Host Terry Gross Interviews author David Sheff.

Turn Up Your Speakers!

Thurs, April 4, 2013 – 33 min

“The view that drug use is a moral choice is pervasive, pernicious and wrong,” writes David Sheff in Clean, a critical look at the nation’s approach to drug treatment. Sheff argues that we should not wait for “rock bottom” — that addiction should be treated promptly, just like any other disease.

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Study-Abstract (.5 hr)
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[ .5 hr][Acrobat Reader Required] 3 Page Abstract of the University of Pennsylvania Study: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children|Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Study-Appendix I ( 4 hrs )
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Study-Executive Summary ( 4 hrs )
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[4 hrs] [38 pages] [Acrobat Reader Required]
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Study-Recommendations ( .5 hr )
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[ .5 hr] [9 pages] [Acrobat Reader Required]
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Study-Selected Tables & Charts ( 1 hr )
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[1 hr] Links to tables/charts related to this study.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Study-The US National Report ( 8 hrs )
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[8 hrs] [257 pages] [Acrobat Reader Required]
Dealing With Dishonesty (2 hrs)
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Many foster children have had to be dishonest to survive. Here are some ways to modify dishonest behavior. Lesson Objective: Gives foster parents “tools” for dealing with and modifying dishonest behaviorsCurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: Separate test to accompany lesson
Drugs: Juveniles and Drugs ( 1 hr ) [Acrobat Reader Required]
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The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse prepared this fact sheet to summarize current information on juveniles and illicit drugs. This 8-page fact sheet includes information on youth drug use, juvenile drug-related crime, and programs designed to prevent or treat youth drug abuse.
E-Learning Module: Adolescent Development [60 mins/1.0 hr]
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U. S. Department of Health & Human Services

Office of Adolescent Health – Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Presents information to help you better appreciate how and why young people behave the way they do, and understand how to help young people make better decisions about their sexual health. Areas discussed include biological and brain development, cognitive development, identity and social development, and promoting healthy youth development.

60 mins/1.0 Hr Training Credi

E-Learning Module: Fatherhood [60 mins/1.0 hr]
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U. S. Department of Health & Human Services

Office of Adolescent Health – Teen Pregnancy Prevention

This course provides an overview of key insights and data on the unique and irreplaceable role that fathers play in the well-being of their children. It will equip organizations to effectively support fathers — consistently and for the long-term — and reduce the ill effects of father absence in their communities.

60 mins/1.0 Hr Training Credi

E-Learning Module: Talking with Teens about Reproductive Health [30 mins/.50 Hr]
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U. S. Department of Health & Human Services

Office of Adolescent Health – Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Online E-Learning Module

It’s not always easy to speak with young people about sensitive topics, such as reproductive health or teen pregnancy. This course provides staff working with young people a concrete protocol and steps that can be followed to ease discomfort and create an open, supportive environment for sharing

FAS & FAE: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effect (2 hrs)
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Interactive Text & Quiz: Up to two-thirds of Special Education children may suffer from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Effect. Many in the foster care field feel that a similar majority of foster children are FAS/FAE victims. Here’s what you need to know.Lesson Objective: Offers foster parents a basic understanding of FAS/FAECurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: Mutilple choice quiz with automatic scoring
FEMA: Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness [ 10 Hrs ]
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IMPORTANT NOTE

This training is offered through the U.S. Government Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) web site.

Your FosterParentTraining.com Training Certificate for this training topic is conditional, and states that you must have taken the online FEMA Final Exam to qualify for your 10 Hours Training Credit.

Course Overview

“Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness” has been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains the food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive.

Foster Care In America – Part 1 [.15 Hr, NPR Audio]
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After a year of analysis, conversations with professionals, parents and children, in 2004 the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care released recommendations to overhaul America’s foster care system. NPR’s Tony Cox speaks with Carol Spigner, a member of the Pew Commission and professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work.
Foster Care In America – Part 2, Florida and Illinois [.15 Hr, NPR Audio]
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May 25, 2004 · America’s foster-care system has produced heart-warming stories of finding loving homes for children whose parents at some time could not — or would not — care for them. Those stories, however, have been tempered by seemingly frequent stories of children abused by foster families and bounced from home to home. In the second day of our week-long look at the system charged with the oversight of 500,000 children on an average day, we focus specifically on the troubled agencies handling Florida’s foster care, and those of the rapidly improving Illinois system. NPR’s Tavis Smiley talks with two reporters that have looked into foster care in their states, Carol Marbin Miller of The Miami Herald and Cornelia Grumman, an editorial writer with The Chicago Tribune.
Foster Care In America – Part 3, Celebrities Lend a Hand [.15 Hr, NPR Audio]
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Foster Care In America – Part 4, Cross-Racial Adoptions [.15 Hr, NPR Audio]
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May 27, 2004 · The U.S. Census Bureau says more than one in six adopted kids are of a different race than their parents. Statistics show that in the foster care system nationally, almost 60 percent of children are black or Latino. For years, there have been acrimonious debates over whether children of color should be placed only with parents who are of the same race. As our series on foster care continues, reporter Allison Keyes examines so-called “trans-racial” adoptions.
Foster Care In America – Part 5, The State of the System [.15 Hr, NPR Audio]
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May 28, 2004 · The U.S. government says there were 542,000 children in foster care as of September 2001 — and most were children of color. For the final report in our week-long look at U.S. foster care, NPR’s Allison Keyes looks at the process and examines the state of the U.S. child welfare system.
Foster Care and Adoption: A Complicated Path [.75 Hr Credit, NPR Audio]
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Playing Time: 36 minutes. Training Credit: .75 Hr Talk of the Nation, May 17, 2005 · Foster care is supposed to put kids on the road to a permanent home. But even for foster parents who want to adopt, the system is often an unfriendly place. Many obstacles stand in the road from foster care to adoption. Guests: Jeff Katz, senior fellow, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute; conducted the study “Listening to Parents: Overcoming the Barriers to the Adoption of Children from Foster Care” Kathy Ledesma, adoptions manager, state of Oregon; president, National Association of Adoption Managers Justice Maura Corrigan, Supreme Court Justice in Michigan; active in foster care adoption issues
Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child [.25 Hr]
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Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child This six-page Fact Sheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides foster parents who are adopting their foster child with guidance. PDF – Adobe Acrobat Reader Required! |Homework Helper Form [30 mins, pdf]
Homework Helper Form [ .5 Hrs ]
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This form helps the student organize what the homework assignment is and what they need. Also provides space for the teacher to make a note
How Does the Child Welfare System Work? [.25 Hr]
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This 8-page document was prepared by Child Welfare Information Gateway. Particularly informative for first-time foster parents, it provides an overview of what is a complex system of which foster care is only one part. Adobe Acrobat Reader Required
Introduction to Behavior Management (1 hr)
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Managing the behaviors of foster children can be a daunting task. This is an introduction to what all foster parents need to know to accomplish that task.Lesson Objective: Provide foster parents with an introduction to managing negative behaviorsCurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: Mutilple choice quiz with automatic scoring to be offered separately
Learning Disorders, Learning Disabilities (2 hrs)
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Interactive – 2 hrs, 12 pages. Dr. Chandler, an American Pediatric Psychiatrist practicing in Nova Scotia, Canada, offers an excellent online segment which thoroughly covers the differences between Learning Disorders and Learning Disabilities. We rate this as 2 hours worth of training given its thorough treatment of the subject. Since a majority of foster children of all ages have some sort of Learning Disorder, we recommend this training segment to all FP’s. We suggest you discuss it with other FP’s in an online discussion group using either our Foster Parent Chat Room or Message Board.Lesson Objective: Gives foster parents a basic understanding of child & adolescent learning disordersCurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: Mutilple choice quiz with automatic scoring
Learning To Lie – Why & When Children Lie [ 2 Hrs ]
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“Learning to Lie,” explores why kids lie. First considering the prevalence of teens’ lying to their parents, on a wide variety of topics, we examine when lying begins for little kids: discussing the work of scholars such as McGill University’s Dr. Victoria Talwar, we take a look at the developmental (cognitive) and environmental factors that come into play (such as parents and siblings). We then return to teens’ lying – to examine how this lying is more about a teen’s development of autonomy. And that surprisingly, it turns out that, for a teen, arguing is actually a good sign; it means the teen respects an adult enough to tell the truth about what’s going on in her life.
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Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect [ .25 Hr]
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This 8-page fact sheet was produced by Child Welfare Information Gateway. It provides an overview of effects of child abuse. Adobe Acrobat Reader Required
Making Permanence a Reality for Children and Youth In Fostercare = 2 Hrs
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Produced by the Casey Family Foundation and The Childrens Defence Fund, this 28-page document examines the problems and offers alternatives to the difficulty in finding permanent placement for children and youth in foster care. As foster parents on the front line of foster care, it is our job to lobby for changes at both the state and federal levels to bring about changes in how children are permanently placed out of foster care. This publication offers alternative solutions which you can give to your legislators at act on. As foster parents, we know first-hand how aggressive agencies and caseworkers can be to get a child, whose parental rights have been terminated, adopted. But did you know that one reason states are so aggressive is that the Federal Government pays the state $4,000 per child adopted and an additional $2,000 per special needs child! But when adoption isn’t the best solution, states don’t receive any Federal help.
Med Log Chart (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required) (.5 hr)
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A Med Log form to track the medications, times, dosages,etc. Save it on your computer and print one out each month for each foster child who takes any medication.Lesson Objective: Provides foster parents with an organized approach to keeping a medication record for each foster childCurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: Application of Med Log by foster parent
ODD: Oppositional Defiant Disorder & CD: Conduct Disorder (2 hrs)
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Interactive Module: 2 hours training. All foster parents should be aware of the serious mood disorders which can afflict children. All too often, our foster children have problems of their own in addition to being abandoned, neglected or abused by their families. And all too often, these mental health problems go untreated simply because of a lack of awareness on the part of foster parents and caseworkers. ODD & CD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder & Conduct Disorder can begin very early in a child’s life. Often, ODD or CD can occur along with other problems. Like other mood disorders, the longer ODD or CD goes untreated, the worse it becomes. Recognizing ODD or CD symptoms and advocating for teatment can help you avoid stress or burn-out. —– This is another in the series by Dr. Jim Chandler, an American Pediatric Psychiatrist practicing in Nova Scotia, CanadaLesson Objective: To educate foster parents in the one of the most difficult and challenging forms of mood disorders whose signs & symptoms may begin at the toddler stageCurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: Multiple choice quiz with automatic scoring Many foster children suffer from some type of personality disorder. Because foster parents are “on the front line”, we are often the first to recognize that the child has a problem. It’s imporant therefore for foster parents to have an awareness of what some of these personality disorders are and how they can be treated.
Parenting The Sexually Abused Child [.50 Hr]
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Parenting The Sexually Abused Child This eleven-page Fact Sheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides a basic understanding of parenting sexually abused children and youth. PDF – Adobe Acrobat Reader Required!
Parenting the Adopted Adolescent [.50 Hr]
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Parenting the Adopted Adolescent This eleven-page Fact Sheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides foster parents who have adopted a child some basic guidance on what to expect when that child becomes a teen. Or when foster parents adopt a teen. PDF – Adobe Acrobat Reader Required!
Principles of Natural & Logical Consequences [.25 hr]
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As children get older, the use of “natural and logical consequences” becomes more important in disciplining. It’s a basic requirement for living in society.
Public Law 1997 Summary (1 hr)
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Known as THE ADOPTION AND SAFE FAMILIES ACT OF 1997, United States Public Law 1997, which went into effect in the year 2000 will have a profound effect on foster care. Parental rights will be terminated sooner and children will move through foster care quicker into permanent placements.While children will spend less time in foster care, more children may be placed into the system. In addition, foster families will experience more pressure to adopt as caseworkers scramble to get children adopted.As a foster parent, you should be aware of Public Law 1997.Lesson Objective: American foster parents should have a basic understanding of how Federal legislation will affect foster careCurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: A separate quiz will accompany this lesson
Suicide – Part 1 (Interactive Text/Quiz)[1 hr]
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Suicide, the unspoken disease, kills more people than homicide. According to the United States Surgeon General, Americans under the age of 25 accounted for 35% of the population, and 15% of all suicide deaths in 1996.Any threat of suicide by a foster child should be taken seriously. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 24 years, and the fourth- leading cause of death among those aged 10 to 14 years. The best preventive tool is communication. Encourage your foster children to report any threats of suicide. An overwhelming majority of young people who hear a suicide threat from a friend or loved one don’t report the threat to an adult.Lesson Objective: Educate foster parents about child & adolescent suicideCurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: Mutilple choice quiz with automatic scoring
Suicide – Part 2 [1.0 hrs] FAQ & Someone You Know Thinking About Suicide?
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Two-part Document:a. FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions about suicideQuestions from studentsb. Is Someone You Know Thinking About Suicide?The “clues” are there. We need to know what to recognize.Lesson Objective: Educate foster parents about child & adolescent suicideCurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: Mutilple choice quiz with automatic scoring accompanies Part 1
Suicide – Part 3 [.5 hr] Misconceptions About Suicide
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This document dispels the major misconceptions about suicide.Lesson Objective: Educate foster parents about child & adolescent suicideCurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: Mutilple choice quiz with automatic scoring accompanies Part 1
Suicide – Part 4 [.25 hr] Explaining Suicide to Children
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Foster parents may find themselves in the position of having to counsel a foster child who’s lost a family member to suicide. This guide from Suicide Awareness\Voices of Educationcan be a good resource to have available.Lesson Objective: A resource for foster parents when a member of a foster child’s family has committed suicideCurriculum activity: Reading text Evaluation: Mutilple choice quiz with automatic scoring accompanies Part 1 |Test Web Page Download
TRAINING SLIDESHOW: Reforming the Juvenile Justice System [ 0.125 Hr Training Credit]
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Annie E. Casey Foundation

Our juvenile justice system is badly in need of repair. This slideshow goes inside the juvenile detention systems in Laredo, Texas and Portland, Oregon and points to the need for urgent national reforms.

Photographs by Steve Liss

TRAINING VIDEO: All My Relations [ .75 Hr ]
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About the importance of cultural connections for Native American children. (44 min). LBC

TRAINING VIDEO: Are You Ready? [ .25 Hrs ]
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This video will assist you to prepare your home and family for unexpected disasters. Take a few minutes out of your day to learn what you need to know to be ready. You will be glad you did!

After viewing this video, talk to your family and foster children about the importance of being prepared. LBC

TRAINING VIDEO: Back On Track [ .50 Hr ]
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A video for and about youth in care

TRAINING VIDEO: Behavior Management – Ages 11 to 18, Part 1 of 3 [ 1.0 Hr Training Credit ]
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This 3-part video series deals with behaviors of children experiencing emotional distress. Shows how to create a supportive environment for youth in care.
LBC

TRAINING VIDEO: Behavioral Challenges in Foster Care [ 1.0 Hr Training Credit ]
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Techniques to work with the behaviors of children who have had many of their needs challenged. Topics include:

* Preventing challenging behaviors
* Starting off a foster parent/child relationship better
* Learn how to get an existing relationship that has gone sideways back to the basics
* Brain model research
* Discipline techniques
* Foster parent personal care and stress LBC

TRAINING VIDEO: Brain Development and Nurturing Children’s Growing Minds, Session 2 of 2 – Part 1 of 2 [ 1.5 Hrs Training Credit ]
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An engaging series 4-part video series about the neurobiology of the brain, the effect of child abuse and neglect on the developing brain and what you can do to help a child be all that he/she was meant to be. Will both inform and inspire the participant regarding the marvelous circuitry of our brain.
LBC
TRAINING VIDEO: Brain Development and Nurturing Children’s Growing Minds, Session 2 of 2 – Part 2 of 2 [ 1.5 Hrs Training Credit ]
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An engaging series 4-part video series about the neurobiology of the brain, the effect of child abuse and neglect on the developing brain and what you can do to help a child be all that he/she was meant to be. Will both inform and inspire the participant regarding the marvelous circuitry of our brain.
LBC
TRAINING VIDEO: Bright Futures in Preventative Mental Health [ Video #4 Treehouse, 0.75 Hr Training Credit ]
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Part 4 of a 4-part video series curriculum developed by the University of Washington to address the mental health of children in care
TRAINING VIDEO: Bright Futures in Preventative Mental Health [ Video #1 Mental Health, 1.5 Hrs Training Credit ]
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4-part video series curriculum developed by the University of Washington to address the mental health of children in care
TRAINING VIDEO: Bright Futures in Preventative Mental Health [ Video #2 Overview, .5 Hrs Training Credit ]
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Part 2 of a 4-part video series curriculum developed by the University of Washington to address the mental health of children in care
TRAINING VIDEO: Bright Futures in Preventative Mental Health [ Video #3 Panel, 1.0 Hr Training Credit ]
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Part 3 of a 4-part video series curriculum developed by the University of Washington to address the mental health of children in care
TRAINING VIDEO: Clinical Issues for the Relative Caregiver [ 2.0 Hrs Training Credit ]
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Expert and author, Dr. Joseph Crumbley, addresses the unique issues of relatives caring for children. He discusses:

* Family dynamics
* Clinical family issues
* Strategies and goals to help deal with the issue

TRAINING VIDEO: Make a Difference [ 0.25 Hr Training Credit]
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Annie E. Casey Foundation

2003

The Make a Difference video was developed by the Oregon Department of Human Services as a tool for resource family recruitment and training. The video illustrates the value of birth parent/foster parent relationship building and offers examples of short-term and permanent foster care living arrangements. (10:05 minutes)

Two Flash Video versions available. One for fast Internet connections, the other for slow connections

TRAINING VIDEO: Team Decisionmaking: Involving Family and Community in Child Welfare Decisions [ 0.40 Hr Training Credit]
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Annie E. Casey Foundation

2003

This video from Casey’s Family to Family initiative provides a look at team decisionmaking meetings and the benefits derived when placement decisions are made in partnership with parents, youth, community members, and other key stakeholders in a child’s life. (21:00 minutes)

Two Flash Video versions available. One for fast Internet connections, one for slow

TRAINING VIDEO: Voices of Youth: Supporting Adolescents in Foster Care [ 0.30 Hr Training Credit]
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Annie E. Casey Foundation

2003

This video features a candid conversation with foster youth as they describe their experiences in the foster care system. (17:30 minutes)

Two Flash video versions available. One for fast Internet connections, one for slow

TRAINING VIDEO: Behavior Management – Ages 11 to 18, Part 3 of 3 [ .5 Hr Training Credit ]
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This 3-part video series deals with behaviors of children experiencing emotional distress. Shows how to create a supportive environment for youth in care.
LBC

TRAINING VIDEO: Behavior Management – Ages 11 to 18, Part 2 of 3 [ 1.0 Hr Training Credit ]
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Part 2 or 3:

This 3-part video series deals with behaviors of children experiencing emotional distress. Shows how to create a supportive environment for youth in care.

TRAINING VIDEO: Brain Development and Nurturing Children’s Growing Minds, Session 1 of 2 – Part 2 of 2 [ 1.5 Hrs Training Credit ]
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An engaging series 4-part video series about the neurobiology of the brain, the effect of child abuse and neglect on the developing brain and what you can do to help a child be all that he/she was meant to be. Will both inform and inspire the participant regarding the marvelous circuitry of our brain. LBC
TRAINING VIDEO: Brain Development and Nurturing Children’s Growing Minds, Session 1 of 2 – Part 1 of 2 [ 1.5 Hrs Training Credit ]
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An engaging series 4-part video series about the neurobiology of the brain, the effect of child abuse and neglect on the developing brain and what you can do to help a child be all that he/she was meant to be. Will both inform and inspire the participant regarding the marvelous circuitry of our brain.
LBC
The Adoption Home Study Process ;[.25 Hr]
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The Adoption Home Study Process This six-page Fact Sheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides a basic understanding of the Home Study process required for any child being adopted in the United States. Even if you don’t intend to adopt any of your foster children, this document gives you a good understanding of what is involved for the prospective adoptive families that may be visiting your home and foster children. PDF – Adobe Acrobat Reader Required!
The Child Abuse Crisis: The Disintegration of Marriage, Family and the American Community [2 hrs – Adobe Acrobat Reader Required]
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This report is from The Heritage Foundation.
The High Cost of Being Poor – 44 pages, [ 4 hrs ]
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The High Cost of Being Poor: Essay from the 2003 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Annie E. Casey Foundation
2003

This essay, taken from the 2003 KIDS COUNT Data Book, focuses on helping low-income families get by and get ahead.

44 pages, 4 Hr

Transitioning from Fostercare [.25 hr]
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Treatment for Abused and Neglected Children: Infancy to Age 18 (12 hrs)
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Two-week Assessment Form ( .5 hr)
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– Adobe Reader Required – This form helps foster parents to evaluate either a new foster placement or to monitor/document the behavior of an existing placement. A great help in talking to caseworkers, counselors, and others about a child in placement.
Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development [ .75 ]
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Produced by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, this 14-page document provides an insight into the research findings of the past 20 years showing how early childhood abuse actually changes the structure of the brain. Adobe Acrobat Reader Required
What is a Surrogate Parent? (.25 hr)
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– Adobe Reader Required – A “Surrogate Parent” is required by the Federal Special Education Law when a child’s natural parent or guardian is not present for IEP meetings (Individual Educational Program). At times when the child’s caseworker is not available to attend an IEP, the school district may require a “Surrogate Parent” to sit in. Many Foster Parents take the training to become Surrogate Parents. Although they can’t be a Surrogate Parent for their own foster children, they may for other foster kids. This is often beneficial given the understanding that foster parents have for children in foster care. The Surrogate Parent represents the child’s parent’s best interests regarding Special Education decisions
What to do if . . . . (2.5 hrs)
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– Adobe Reader Required – Helpful tips and suggestions for foster parents.
What to take to Medical Appointments ( .5 hr )
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Youth and Credit: Accessing Credit Reports for Foster Youth: A Reference Guide for Child Welfare Agencies – 2 Hrs Training Credit
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This guide describes the basic processes for requesting credit reports for youth in foster care from the three credit bureaus. It introduces some key benefits and challenges associated with interpreting different types of credit reports and presents decision makers with ideas and approaches to consider in helping youth review their credit reports, resolve inaccuracies and protect against future errors, identity theft or fraud. Finally, it reinforces the importance of good credit as a financial asset that youth can begin to build as they transition out of foster care and into successful adulthood. LBC
Youth and Credit: Protecting the Credit of Youth in Foster Care – 2 Hrs Training Credit
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From the Annie E.Casey Foundation:

This guide provides advice on the best way for caseworkers and other adults to comply with the new federal law requiring child welfare agencies to request an annual credit report for youth in foster care starting at age 16 and until they leave the child welfare system — and to help young people resolve any issues that come up in those credit report checks. Child welfare workers, foster parents, kinship caregivers, youth advocacy organizations and others who work with youth and young adults in foster care will find useful information on teaching young people about credit, clearing their credit issues to get them on the road to financial health and equipping them to maintain good credit in the future

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