Impact of Fostering on Children Permanently in the Home with Claudia Mercier, MA

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Impact of Fostering on Children Permanently in the Home with Claudia Mercier, MA

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Children born or adopted into the family, who are permanent members are the unsung heroes of foster care. They often don’t have much say in the family’s decision to foster and are asked to share toys, space and parental attention. The benefits to them can be numerous and character forming, including developing a deep awareness and compassion for vulnerable kids, learning to help, and sharing with and comforting traumatized kids. They can emerge from this experience with a deep gratitude for their life privileges and a heart to serve others well into adulthood.  It is important to recognize, however, that there can also be a negative impact that can lead to resentment and disgruntlement if not tended to or not acknowledged. This dynamic deserves attention, respect and understanding. Join us as we take a look at the critical role kids born or adopted into the family play and how we can maximize the chances that fostering is a positive experience for all family members.

Concepts covered are:

  1. The common emotional experience of a foster family’s permanent children.
  2. Tangible ways to support kids born or adopted into the family through the fostering process.
  3. What permanent kids wish their parents knew.
  4. Strategies to mitigate permanent kids’ burnout.

Claudia Mercier, MA, is passionate about addressing children’s behavioral challenges, particularly trauma-related behaviors, by intentionally simplifying all facets of family life. Her specialized training as a licensed clinical social worker is the treatment of depression. Claudia and her husband have a large foster adopted family with seven children ranging from 2-24 years old.  They have fostered children for over 15 years while raising 5 children born into their family at the same time.  Approximately 3 years ago, Claudia launched The Foster Village, a ministry  in the East Bay that encourages people to foster and then wraps around and supports those families. The group started off with two families and now has 160+ involved in the ministry!  Claudia also facilitates the monthly Support Group in Walnut Creek for foster, adoptive and kinship parents.

Once you register for this virtual training, you will receive an email with the zoom joining details.

For virtual childcare during the training, please reach out to judy@helponechild.org for a one to one virtual volunteer match for your child with one of our vetted volunteers.  Your child will need a device.  Please reach out no later than five days prior.

Do you need a certificate for training credit for your continuing resource parent annual renewal?  Please email complete the training evaluation to request a certificate via email.

Register by completing the online form below.

Details

Date:
September 20
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Virtual
CA United States
Phone:
6509171210

Organizer

Help One Child
Phone:
650-917-1210