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Successful Transcultural Parenting: Dealing with the Dynamics of Difference

About the Course

This workshop is designed to help foster parents understand the dynamics involved in transcultural parenting and to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to create a successful and harmonious home environment when adopting or fostering children from a different cultural background. Through interactive activities and open discussions, foster parents will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in transcultural parenting, develop communication skills with children and their families, and celebrate cultural diversity. This workshop seeks to prepare foster parents to create a safe and nurturing environment that reflects the heritage of the child, values diversity, and promotes healthy cultural identity development.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop an understanding of the different factors that may contribute to the dynamics of transcultural parenting, including cultural, racial, and language differences, and how to effectively navigate those dynamics, including with the child's biological family, to create a successful family environment for each child.

2. Gain practical communication skills necessary to facilitate conversations about cultural identity, traditions, heritage, and language with their foster or adopted child. Foster parents will learn to create an environment that hopefully makes the child feel welcomed, safe, and validated while promoting their healthy and comprehensive development.

3. Develop strategies for fostering cultural appreciation, respect, and affirmation in the home environment, fostering a sense of cultural pride and identity in the child, and promoting the value of diversity and inclusion to all members of the foster family. This objective is aimed to help foster parents develop enhanced competency and prides in dealing with their foster child.

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