When children enter the foster care system after being separated from their birth parents, they become a part of two families – the family into which they were born and the foster family they join after being separated from their birth family. Because the main goal of most child welfare cases is reunification, it is important that birth families and foster families work together to form strong, child-centered relationships.
The purpose of this curriculum is to teach foster parents why these relationships are meaningful and to provide tools for facilitating them. The curriculum was designed to be delivered to non-related foster families by child welfare social workers with experience in family reunification. After completing it, foster parents will: 1) understand the impact on children separated from their birth family, 2) recognize the importance of birth parents’ involvement in their children’s lives, 3) identify and handle challenges in creating and maintaining positive relationships with birth parents, 4) become educated about successful partnership models and 5) recognize the qualities of a successful partnership parent. Curriculum modules include lecturettes, activities, and discussions. This curriculum will help foster parents learn the value of forming meaningful relationships and shared parenting with birth parents and it will also help to bolster reunification efforts.
|Commitee:||Pasztor, Eileen Mayers, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Birth parents, Foster care, Foster parents, Partnership, Reunification|
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