Ongoing Parent Training
The training for foster and fost-adopt parents is a specialized, comprehensive ongoing educational process. Each foster parent must be involved in at least 12 hours of training every year. Educators include TLC staﬀ, community experts and other professionals. In the process, parents learn from each other and beneﬁt from sharing experiences. Examples of topics covered include:
Adoption and Foster Care Support Groups
The TLC Adoption and Foster Care Support Groups have been a safe place for foster care and adoptive families to come together and share the trials and tribulations of caring for foster children. Since 2006, the support group oﬀers a place for foster parents to come and discuss critical issues and provide support to each other for the hard, yet rewarding work of caring for a special needs child. Foster and adoptive parents have unique parenting experiences that can beneﬁt other families going through this complicated process. Their knowledge and enthusiasm for their foster and adoption experience is invaluable.
The foster care support group discusses an assortment of issues related to foster children. These topics may include:
We laugh, cry, and share our lives with others.
The children who come with their parents are able to play with other children who are in the same situation. They learn that they are not alone nor are they "diﬀerent".