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Parent Training and Support Groups

The Therapeutic Foster Care program offers support, education, and training for therapeutic foster, respite, and adoption parents in both small and large groups. Issue-specific support groups may also be formed to address therapeutic foster parent needs and/or individual concerns. While our staff help to facilitate support groups, treatment parents define the groups’ agendas. Support groups are established to provide participants with an opportunity to share concerns, challenges, and accomplishments related to specific issues therapeutic foster parents face. Educational and training groups are convened on a regular basis to provide therapeutic foster parents with an opportunity to increase their knowledge and skill on a variety of topics related to their role. Outside speakers may be invited to address the groups on specific topics on which they have expertise.

Examples of Support Groups Offered:

Information Meetings

Pre-service Training

Adoption Preparation Training

Foster Parent Support Groups

Adoption Support Groups

Monday and Wednesday Night Professional Development Training Series

Parent/Staff Advisory

See our Events Calendar for scheduled training dates for each individual support group.

Community and Professional Training and Technical Assistance:

Therapeutic Foster Care is committed to ensuring that there are enough qualified individuals and professionals in the community to support children with special needs. Through an interdisciplinary staff of highly skilled professionals, the program provides specialized training and technical assistance to individuals and professionals who want to learn more about children with serious physical, medical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Training is individually designed to meet the specific needs of beginning and advanced level administrators, social workers, case managers, foster and adoptive parents, therapists and other professionals. See our Events Calendar for scheduled training dates for each individual support group.

Training and technical assistance can be provided in the following areas:

  • Supporting foster and adopted children with disabilities
  • Impact of attachment and loss on children
  • Strategies for helping children with emotional and behavioral problems
  • Permanency planning
  • Creative program design in foster care: New solutions to recurring problems
  • Adoption issues impacting families and children
  • Program placement services
  • Outcomes and research

Support from Experienced Professionals:

Training provided through the Therapeutic Foster Care Program is coordinated by clinical social workers experienced in the delivery of services to children in the foster care system who have a variety of disabilities and medical conditions. Experts, including nurses, physicians, psychologists, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, social workers and treatment foster parents who are experienced presenters, develop the training and technical assistance programs.

Contact Us for Training Requests and Other Information:

Requests for training or technical assistance can be made directly to Paul Brylske at (443) 923-5989 or Brylske@KennedyKrieger.org.

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