This course is designed to cover two key points – the first is to explore how family members can be affected by fostering. The second is to consider strategies for supporting birth children in the placement.

Learning Aims:

1. Examine various ways in which family members are affected by fostering.

2. To enable foster carers to communicate the challenges and dilemmas that are inherent in fostering with family members.

3. To clearly explain the role that family members can play in supporting foster children.

4. To encourage foster carers to reflect on the emotions likely to arise for family members.

5. To demarcate roles and responsibilities that are delegated to sons and daughters living at home.

6. To point out the pitfalls of fostering which may include allegations against family members and discuss how they will be supported.

7. To examine the effects of separation on birth children who are left behind if a placement breaks down.

8. To support foster carers in developing positive strategies that will encourage birth children to cope with a wide range of possible emotions negative, i.e. envy, resentment and loss.

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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