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Placement Stability through Flexibility

About the Course

The research is clear.  Once a child is placed into foster care, multiple placement changes can damage them psychologically, socially and emotionally. The more kids move from place to place, the more it negatively impacts opportunities for permanency either through reunification, adoption or kinship (Casey Foundation).  Caregiver empathy, tolerance, and acceptance have been known to increase placement stability.  This workshop deals with strategies to help caregivers build upon their own protective factors to leverage against the stressors that can lead to disruptions in substitute care.

Learning Objectives

1) Identify characteristics that could contribute to placement instability.

2) Design a flexible approach to parenting that includes realistic expectations of behaviors and flexing of house rules to support trauma exposed youth.  

3) Demonstrate flexible parental coping strategies to maintain placement stability. 

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