Family Education Resources

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
Psalm 9:9-10

Our hearts go out the families impacted by the COVID-19 virus worldwide. We are aware of the impact that this is having on your household. With the schools being closed, your household may now be experiencing additional dysregulation and a loss of routine. Please understand that Help One Child is still here for you. We believe now more than ever there is a need for community and encouragement. In an attempt to support our network through the means that we have, we will be sending weekly emails with additional resources for your family.

Virtual Support Group Meetings
Connect with other foster and adoptive parents on our weekly Support Group Meeting Zoom calls. Please know that we have a short bit of curriculum content to learn from during each support group and a topic, but the most important part of our gathering is to connect and support one another. Join even if the topic doesn’t resonate. We’ll make sure to listen nonjudgmentally and offer you our support and connection with what you are needing or struggling with right now. Click the link to the right to access the support group zoom call.


Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Date: Every Sunday Afternoon

Resources

At-Home Learning: Need at home learning help? Watch these videos from Parents Helping Parents “Optimizing Your Home Environment for Online Learning” & “My Child Doesn’t Learn Well in Front of a Computer: What Can I Do?” This organization is based in the Bay Area and offers wonderful inspiration and educational opportunities for parents with special needs children and adults with special needs.

Virtual Student Club Meetings: Tips for Hosting Virtual Student Club Meetings. Student clubs are vital as they typically provide community, joy, and space where students can be themselves. Adolescent Health Working Group encourages student clubs and groups to meet regularly, virtually. Isolation over a long period of time can harm a young person’s mental health. Creating a community is important to a students’ mental health and will help them be more engaged with both school and their peers. To support these efforts, we created a social media slideshow that shares tips on hosting virtual student club meetings. The resource includes tips on consistency, online meeting etiquette, meeting agendas, icebreakers, and additional resources.

Navigating IEP and 504 Meetings: Upcoming trainings available through the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)on navigating IEP and 504 meetings virtually and special education during COVID-19. You may find lots of helpful resources here for supporting your child/ren’s educational needs.

Helping Parents Manage Virtual Learning: Helping Parents of Middle School Children Manage Virtual Learning: A Teacher’s Perspective

Wrightslaw Special Education: Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for reliable information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. Coronavirus FAQs: We answer questions about how COVID-19 is affecting special education and how to get your child’s education back on track. Check out lots of free resources, articles, and webinars to navigate getting your child what they need educationally.

Back to School Sleep Tips During COVID: This resource provides easy steps you can take to get your child back into a routine to wake up early for school. It includes tips like making time and space to talk through anxiety that keeps kids up at night, as well as how to create a healthy sleep environment in their bedrooms.

Talking with Teachers: Attending school often brings unique challenges for adoptive families. This article addresses some of the most common concerns presented by parents of school aged children.

Remote Learning Tips: Now that school has started, here are 22 Remote Learning Tips For Parents Helping at Home. You can do this!

K-12 Educational Resources: Discover thousands of free online courses, 800+ ebooks & audio books, movies, textbooks, eBooks, and podcasts plus K-12th free educational resources.

Trauma Sensitive Student Support During School Closures: Practical strategies for helping caregivers help kids. 11 activites designed for youth of diverse ages, including sibling groups.

Learning Schedule: Learning schedule for kids at home. Adjust or combine times and activities to make a schedule that works for you.

The Learning Resource Portal: Features distance learning options for students, parents and teachers in Santa Clara County. This site also provided news and information based on guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, in response to COVID-19.

Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus: If you’re one of the tens of millions of parents who are now essentially homeschooling your kids, we have some tips to help you keep your kids engaged and everyone sane.

Homeschooling VS. Crisis Schooling: Heather Ann has been a school teacher for 25 years and recognizes the difference between choosing to homeschool their children vs being forced to play the teacher role during this crisis. Here are her resources, support, and encouragement.

Visual Arts Distance Learning: Here you will find resources for students of all ages to access Visual Arts Education from home. Please continue to check this site as more information and resources are added.

Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic Learn at Home offers day-by-day projects to keep your kids reading, thinking, and growing. You can choose from 4 different age groups to find activities and projects tailored to your kiddos.

Amazing Educational Resources: “Share educational resources and support each other as a community of educators.” Amazing Educational Resources Group has put together a spreadsheet with lots of educational resources, including free ones.

Remote Learning Resources for Kids & Teens: Remote Learning is a vital digital tool for young learners and their parents and caretakers during the Shelter In Place. Check out the wide array of online resources the New York Public Library has to offer.

Embrace Race: 31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism, and resistance. Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating these critical conversations; and they can also be used to model what it means to resist and dismantle oppression.​

Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through COVID: Teaching Tolerance shares a trauma-informed approach to teaching during the Coronavirus pandemic. Here are some helpful tips to focus on as your taking on the homeschooling approach.

When Children Play “Bad Guys”: Children’s play is their work—and when their work is about understanding violent acts, playtime can be an opportunity for you to help them manage their fear, anger, and confusion.

Free Resources: Free resources from Julie Kurtz, founder of the Center for Optimal Brain Integration to support your child on sensory and emotional literacy, health and wellness, self awareness, and self regulation geared at preschool, elementary and middle school children. These tools such as a feeling thermometer, app, scripted stories, toolkits, visuals, and resources are also helpful for high schoolers and adults learning these skills or trying to model to younger ones.

Fun Lunch Ideas: 10 fun lunch ideas! Whether your kids are eating at school or at home this school year, make lunch special with these new and fun ways to craft it.

Empowering Parents Article: This article written by Megan Devine from Effective Parents may have some helpful ideas even thought it’s not specifically geared at a foster or adoptive family.

Foster and Kinship Care Education: Several trainers provide monthly trauma trainings on various topics like resilience, parenting, attachment, etc. geared to foster/adopt/kinship families AND provide a certificate for CEU’s at the end! These courses count toward RFA renewal hours, are FREE and available at all different times virtually from Saddleback College Foster and Kinship Care Education. If you attend any, please share feedback with Help One Child’s Director of Education at cristin@helponechild.org because this is a new resource for us to share out!

Free Printables: Brighten your child’s day with a love note. Free Printables!! Also, make your life easier with the Daily Routine printables.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Are you a grandparent caregiver? Read on for a help guide for Grandparents raising Grandchildren. These guidelines can help you succeed at parenting the second time around.

Special Needs Parenting Tips: Want to keep your sanity? Watch this awesome video from Parents Helping Parents on just that! This 2 part series will help you during these trying times

FASD Webinar: Do you need more information and practical strategies to support children or adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)? Tune in to this FREE webinar hosted by Parents Helping Parents.

Social Media: Tips for Foster Parents and Caregivers. Help your youth use social media safely.

Talking to Kids about Race and Racism Webinar: In “Talking to Kids about Race and Racism”, the Care.com webinar, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a nationally recognized authority on racial issues in America and a clinical child psychologist, shares how you can talk to and teach your kids about race, racism, and protests.

Summer Survival in the Pandemic: Video from Parents Helping Parents with Understood.org (52:23).

Resilience in Brief Series: From the Center on the Developing Child from Harvard.

Talking With Children About Infectious Disease Outbreaks: From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Parenting in Place series of Master Classes: Helping Families Thrive in Challenging Times-Special Live Series Wednesdays, recordings available

Attachment Trauma Network’s COVID-19 Response: Touching Trauma At it’s Heart. Tons of executive function activity suggestions and resources available for your children and you during this pandemic.

Webcast: COVID-19 and Mindful Parenting

Screen Time Reactions: When You Say Screen Time’s Over, How Does Your Child React?

Building Self-Esteem: How to Give Praise That Builds Your Child’s Self-Esteem.

NACAC Conference: North American Council on Adoptable Children 2020 Conference on 8/26-8/29. Deadline to save money on registration is 7/17/20. 20 sessions and various topics on foster care and adoption offered!

Child Mind Institute Facebook: The Child Mind Institute holds Facebook Live events M-F at 1:30 PST featuring their expert clinicians answering your questions. You can also access past live videos that might be pertinent to your personal situation.

Connected In Crisis: Need ideas on how families can stay connected during the pandemic? The Karyn Purvis Institute has simple exercises that you can implement at home.

Effects of Childhood Trauma: A powerful video which explains the effects of childhood trauma. Get your tissues-dare you not to cry.

How Teenagers Can Protect Their Mental Health During Coronavirus: Do you have a teen who is having a hard time during this pandemic? Read on to offer support (or have them read this article!)

6 Questions Every Adopted Teen Wants Answered: Do you have an adopted teen? Here are 6 questions every adopted teen wants to be answered. Now is a wonderful time to address commonly asked questions from your teens. Spending more time together at home may provide a good opportunity for bonding over hard to digest questions.

Accessing Adoption Support and Preservation Services: Accessing Adoption Support and Preservation Services Provided both before and after adoption, adoption support and preservation services can help you and your family with a wide range of issues. These services are available for everything from learning how to explain adoption to your preschooler, to help address the needs of a child who has experienced early childhood abuse and trauma, to supporting your adopted teen’s search for identity.

Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent: Hosted by Mike and Kristin Berry from Confessions of an Adoptive Parent, the Honestly Adoption Podcast is dedicated to being a real voice, bringing real hope to parents on the foster and adoptive journey.

Talking With Children About Coronavirus: Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is the word of the moment. As adults, we’re inundated with information and uncertainty coming from multiple sources – how must the kids feel? Here’s a guide from our friends at the Fred Rogers Center on how to broach the difficult conversation of a global pandemic with children, who are both curious and scared.

Finding and Working With Adoption-Competent Therapists: Thinking about therapy for your family? Here is a wonderful resource on finding and working with adoption competent therapists.

Finding and Working With Adoption-Competent Therapists: Thinking about therapy for your family? Here is a wonderful resource on finding and working with adoption competent therapists.

Hand In Hand: Nagging wears us out, it wears our kids out. Sick of nagging your tween? This 3-step method stops the struggle.

Ah!Parenting: If we want things to be different in the next generation, we need to begin those discussions in our homes. They are not too young to talk about race! From toddlers to high school, Ah!Parenting provides conversation starters and talking points for kids of all ages.

10 Special Needs Toys Your Child Will Love: Do you have a child who is sensory challenged or has special needs? Read on for the top 10 toys and games for children with special needs. You may already have some of these items at home!

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times: Here is a resource regarding how to best support individuals with Autism and other special needs through uncertain times. Fabulous tips, resources and downloadable sheets to hang up around the house.

Leo District 4-C4: Leo District 4-C4 Program is designed to provided entertainment and tutoring for kids of all ages. A team of volunteers who have been professionally trained will be playing online with kids that are signed up for the program. There are a wide range of activities that can be done, such as read-alongs, karaoke, online drawing games, etc

Handling Boredom: Why It’s Good for Your Child article from Aha! Parenting.com with 115 Boredom Buster Jar ideas for your child.

The Mighty: 7 Things to Do When Your Kid Points Out Someone’s Differences Children are naturally curious and excited when they discover something or someone new. As parents, our job is to demonstrate to our children what empathy, compassion, friendship, and diversity looks like.

Diverse Book Finder: K-3 Picture Books offers guidance on how to talk about race & racism with children. Discussing differences with kids in ways they understand and using illustrations as an opportunity can elicit conversation.

Traumatic Experiences: Several factors can change the course of kids’ lives: feeling seen and heard by a caring adult, being patiently taught coping strategies and resilience-building techniques, and being with adults who know about the effects of such experiences.

BADM is Open! Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is open and offers $1 entrance to all family members with EBT cards in case your foster youth qualify!

Tips For Celebrating Halloween: Here is a fun, short list of 7 ideas about how to celebrate Halloween with COVID-19 to have fun and stay safe. Boo at the Zoo in Oakland is happening October 24-31 from 10 am-4 pm with regular ticket admission, adapted from past years for COVID-19 safety in mind and social distancing!

Easy Fall Crafts: Check out the Happy Hooligans for lots of fun craft ideas for at home and in your backyard. Lots of inspiring ideas and even recipes are included!

Educational Science Resources: Whether you’re home schooling, supporting distance learning or looking for educational science resources on the weekend, visit the Cal Academy of Sciences educators page. Many offerings include free distance learning resources that include activites using household materials, animal live webcams, science films, science lesson plans, and a youth-powered series that tackles complex environmental issues, empowering young people to make a difference! And did you know if your foster child has Medical that entrance is only $3 for your child and several family members (at least this was the case before the pandemic)!

At Home Activites From The Habitot Children’s Museum: At Home Activities for Parents and Children to do together are available here from Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley. Really fun and creative ideas are featured here with items you most likely already have at home. This museum is right off a BART stop and offers free, special days for families with special needs children or foster, adoptive and kinship care families a few times a year at a special, set time with free return passes.

Activites To Promote Attachment: Check out this article with ideas on attachment and bonding activities to try with your adoptive or foster child. “One of the most common things that parents worry about prior to bringing home their adopted child is whether or not their child will attach well and bond to them. One of the things that you can do is prepare some activities which can assist the child with bonding. Attachment-based activities are activities that enhance the attachment between the child and parent….”

Free Printable Scavenger Hunts: Who doesn’t love a good Scavenger Hunt? Get these free, printable scavenger hunt sheets for kids and kids at heart.

Making Masks For Kids: Watch this short video on how your kids can make their own face masks at home. Easy method, no sewing machine required!

Simple Activities For Kids: Simple and affordable activities to keep your kids entertained with things you have around the house. They will have hours of fun!

Summer Survival in the Pandemic: Summer Survival in the Pandemic brought to you by Parents Helping Parents, plus lots of other resources!

Morning Circle Time For Preschoolers: Welcome to Morning Circle Time with Ms. Monica, an early childhood educator (18+ years experience). She offers FREE preschool circle time lessons on youtube Monday – Friday while we implement a learn at home system during the Coronavirus Quarantine.

Fun Things To Do At Home: Stop racking your brain trying to think up fun things to do at home! These cheap and easy family activities are sure to be a hit for everyone. Make the most of your time together and enjoy every second!

Activities For Ages 2+: Watch live animal cams with your kids, sure to impress!

Activities For Ages 6-10: Free July 18, 2020 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M Scratch Game Design Online Day Camp for children ages 6-10 to design their own game and make new friends while programming!

Activities For Toddlers: Explore the links for past online Toddler Storytimes, puppet shows, puppet-making tutorials, craft activities, and more from “Fairyland at Home” from Oakland, CA.

Brain Pop’s video on Coronavirus: If you’re not familiar with Brain Pop, you may want to check out their free access to videos on nearly any subject…a fun way to augment what your child is learning.

Minecraft Activities: Chances are your child either plays Minecraft or knows about the game. Why not add an educational component to it! A game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment. Educators in more than 115 countries are using Minecraft: Education Edition across the curriculum!

Activities For Age 5 to Adult: Love Connectors Story Scarves-an exercise you can do with a family member of different ethnicity.

Dance Lessons: Who doesn’t love to dance? Join this free annual summer dance series, with lessons from top LA dance instructors every Friday night. Fun for the whole family!

Science Programs & Activities: While we may be limiting our activities to those close to home, scientists are here to remind us there’s still a whole lotta world to discover. Click here for fun, interactive science programs and activities for kids!

Activities For Ages 2+: Running out of things to do with your kids? Here are 100 ideas for this summer.

Activities For Ages 4+: Origami Butterfilies for ages 4+. Bring it on, adults!

Activities For Ages 1-5: Songs For Littles music class. Great for babies, toddlers and preschool age!

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose: A long, long, long time ago, there was a period called the Ice Age, where the world had iced over and different kinds of animals roamed the Earth. Did you know we have one of those cool Ice Age animals at the museum?

5 National Parks Virtual Tours: You don’t have to be stuck at home, visit these five national parks virtually!

Very Well Family: Here are a handful of time-wasters for the plane rides, car rides, and time at home for kids when there’s nothing to do Source

The Science of Handwashing: For kids who might need a little extra motivation to wash the full twenty seconds, we decided to dig into the science of handwashing so you can share a little bit of kid-friendly chemistry while encouraging safe hygiene!

Lunch Doodle: Kids’ author Mo Willems is here to make your weekdays a little better for a while: Starting today, he’ll release a new “Lunch Doodle” video each weekday at 1 PM.

Storyline Outline: An award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Storyline Online is FREE DURING COVID-19. Each book includes a supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator.

30 Virtual Field Trips: Families can watch live feeds of the animals or observe scientific field trips at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, and over 30 additional virtual field trips.

Confessions Of A Homeschooler: How to sew a face mask with fabric ties and other homeschooling activities to do with your children.

Little Passports: From science experiments, DIY crafts, to food recipes, and homeschooling resources. Little Passports has been providing resources for fun learning at home for over 11 years.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Be delighted by the antics of our sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.

Just Chill: Just Chill for Kids is a YouTube channel with psychotherapist Jeanette, teaching kids tools that they can use every day to help them cope with life and their feelings.

San Diego Zoo: From hippos, baboons, and tigers to polar bears, penguins, and pandas. Hang out with the San Diego Zoo’s exotic friends on their live cams.

Mystery Science: Mystery Science is the creator of the most popular science lessons in U.S. schools. We’ve curated this starter set of science lessons that you can use remotely or share with families.

Activities for Ages 12+: KiwiCo has put together an interactive and creative list of activities for children 12 and older. Ranging from “Introduction to Sign Language” to science experiments “Carbon Sugar Snakes”. Your older kids will love learning and exploring locally.
Activities for Ages 9-11: Are you looking for activities for your 9-11-year-olds? KiWiCo compiled a list of STEM activities for your children. Spend the afternoon creating “Baking Soda Ocean Art” or making a “Rocket Balloon.”

Self-Care: “Why Self-Care is Essential to Parenting” is an excellent article from the Child Mind Institute for parents who have children with special needs or developmental and mental health challenges. Juliann Garey makes a lot of sense when she writes: “Caring for children with intense needs can take an emotional (and physical) toll on parents.”

Apps to Combat Anxiety and Stress: Is your family stressed? Check out 20 Apps to Combat Anxiety and Stress, two things that are all too common these days.

Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being: Resources on the coronavirus for parents, caregivers, children, child care providers and educators on supporting children’s emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting Children to Feel Safe During Stressful and Uncertain Times: 3 minute helpful video from The Center for Optimal Brain Integration.

Tips To Stay Regulated: The Pandemic toolkit that parents need. 8 expert tips to help families stay regulated.

Adoption Advocate Article: If you are an adoptive parent and feeling overwhelmed, you will want to read this.                                       

Stress Management: Responding to COVID-19, including stress management, free guided mediations and education at home. It’s all here!

How Mindfulness Empowers Us: An Animation Narrated by Sharon Salzberg. For parents and children alike.                                                  

PBS For Parents: For everyone in the Bay Area, it feels like life has been disrupted over the last few weeks. It can cause anxiety, so check out this PBS guide for how to de-stress as a family.

Greater Good Magazine: An article from Greater Good Magazine with six questions included: Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine. If you’re sheltering in place, be sure to check in with yourself. Brooke Anderson

Peace and Parenting Podcast: “Roblox, Snapchat, Minecraft, Thomas the Train, and whatever else these techies are throwing our way! Even Sesame Street can be addicting. How can we navigate the electronic world without losing our minds? How much is too much and where do we set the boundary? What if nobody listens? Then what? Let’s talk electronics and all it entails.” Peace and Parenting Podcast with Michelle Kenny Carlson

Conversations about the Pandemic with Oprah Winfrey: Dr. Bruce Perry speaks with Oprah on Apple + about stress, distress, and trauma.

Life In The Time of COVID19: “Strategies for parents and children dealing with traumatic stress in tight quarters” is an article by Mary Drew put out by the Institute for Attachment & Child Development about life in the time of COVID-19.

Stress and Resilience: How Toxic Stress Affects Us, and What We Can Do About It: When the stress in your life just doesn’t let up, and it feels like you have no support to get through the day—let alone do everything you need to do to be the best parent you can be—it can seem like there’s nothing that can make it better. But there are resources that can help, and this kind of stress—known as “toxic stress”—doesn’t have to define your life. This video from the Center on the Developing Child from Harvard University addresses toxic stress and what we can do about it.

Children’s Health Council: First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic is a free 16-page downloadable workbook available in English and Spanish.

Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Check out the Berry’s free online book: The Weary Parent’s Guide to Escaping Exhaustion: A Realistic 9 Day Plan to Finally Get the Rest You Need. The Berry’s also offers podcasts and blogs if you’re needing some ideas and support with your foster, adoptive, or kinship children.

ImaginAction: a practice for all to help manage big feelings. Like mindfulness, these practical 20-minute sessions will make you or your child overcome any unwelcome feelings inside. Check it out!

Taking Care of Yourself: You do so much to help the children and families in your care. It’s important to remember to take good care of yourself so that you can be at your best to help those who you work with to grow and thrive.

Feel free to print and use this handout for individual reflection, journaling, or prayer on the video clip. Share your responses with a spouse or friend who is parenting children from hard places, if you like.

Reflection Handouts

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