Training. Ongoing education. Information and support. Whatever you call it and however you want to name it, it’s essential. There is so much to know and learn and do when you’re a parent – especially when you are a parent to foster or adopted children. Expectations can be high and the pressure might feel turned up to an unbearable level.
And that’s where we come in.
One of the many services that we offer is a diverse catalog of trainings. Many of our events are available via webinar, meaning that, no matter where you live, you can attend, tune in and learn some valuable information. Here is a list of the five must-attend training events coming up this spring:
1. Life Books Explained: A life book is much more than a scrap book or a baby book. Life books provide foster and adoptive youth with personal connections to their past. It is a personal account of a child’s life that can help fill in the wholes from their past. Foster and adoptive parents play an important role in providing support in the creation of life books, as well as use the life book as a healing tool. Creating a life book may feel like an overwhelming task due to not having enough information or personal items to include. Come find out more about inventive ways to create life books and how to overcome hurdles that may come up in the process. (February 12, $10, attend in person or via webinar)
2. Our Home Our Family: If you’re feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and alone – both in your relationship with your partner and your relationship with your child(ren) – this is the essential training series for you. Our Home Our Family is a series of workshops for adoptive and foster parent couples. The series includes concepts to better understand your children and their issues, learn new skills for parenting, and find better ways to connect with one another. You and your partner will have the opportunity to connect with other adoptive and foster parents who can relate to your family journey. (Kicks off Feb. 23, $55 for six sessions, NOT offered via webinar; in-person ONLY)
3. Life Books Workshop: Take the skills and information you learned at the February 12th Life Books Explained training and put them to use! Enjoy tips, conversation and community at our Life Books Workshop. Bring all your Life book supplies for a morning of creating a true treasure for your family. Scrap book experts and enthusiasts will be on site to answer questions and assist with the assembly of pages. (Feb. 23, FREE! In-person ONLY. For those in western Wisconsin, the Catholic Charities Post Adoption Resource Center is having a workshop day on Feb. 23rd, as well!)
4. Caring for Children Affected by FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are the number one cause of developmental disabilities in North America. This training will be a great resource for both the general population of foster/adoptive parents, as well as foster/adoptive parents who are caring for children affected with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. (March 6, $15, available in-person or via webinar)
5. Single Parenting: Self Care and Building a Support Network: Parenting is tough. When you are parenting alone, sometimes it can feel impossible. In this one-of-a-kind training, experienced mother and trainer Patricia Parker will talk to single parents about how to take care of themselves and build support networks. Through the use of a curriculum-based lecture, as well as discussion, Ms. Parker will address multiple ways single parents can become more successful and feel less stressed. (April 9, $15, available in-person or via webinar)
BONUS: Join us for a little fun, as well! We just announced our 2013 Benefit Concert featuring the music of the South End Blues Band. In addition to good music, great food and outstanding company, we’ll be making a very special announcement that you won’t want to miss! (March 15, Gus’ Mexican Cantina, $25 – includes Mexican buffet)