Parent Training

Help One Child hosts:

  • Monthly Parent Trainings: These are held at our offices in Los Altos on the third Thursday each month from 6:30-8:30 PM. Childcare is provided by RSVP only. (RSVP by filling out the form linked in the descriptions below.)
  • Support Group hosted Parent Trainings: We have five Support Groups throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Our current locations are in San Bruno, Palo Alto, San Jose, Los Gatos, and Morgan Hill. These Support Groups each host a Parent Training one to two times a year in place of one of their monthly meetings. We publicize these trainings on this page as they are open to any foster, adoptive, or kinship parent, even if they do not normally attend that Support Group. Registration is required for these Parent Trainings. Childcare is available by RSVP only.
  • Quarterly Parent Seminars: These take place on the weekend and are more in-depth trainings that usually span 3 or more hours. Local churches in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties host these events. Our Parent Seminars do have a small cost associated with them. Scholarships are available if needed.
Subscribe to the Monthly Parent Training Email List

(This monthly email will also include information about Support Group Hosted Parent Trainings and Quarterly Parenting Seminars)

Upcoming Events:


Prior Training

Parenting Through the Challenges of Fostering and Adoption | September 16, 2017

Participants learned about the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Quiz and “Compassion Fatigue” and how to identify their child’s score and potential health and behavioral risks. After navigating the possible results and effects, parents were invited to share their questions and challenges in order to create an interactive discussion filled with practical parenting examples. Led by local expert, Donna Erickson.

Empowered to Connect Live Simulcast | April 7-8, 2017

This training featured the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the TCU Institute of Child Development to help develop attachment and connection in families. Hosted by Neighborhood Bible Church.


Understanding the Dysregulated Child at Home and School | February 25, 2017 

Seventy-six attendees learned effective and loving solutions to help address issues at home such as stopping sibling rivalry, disrespect, disobedience and more. Led by Heather Forbes, LCSW

“If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy” | February 24, 2017 

Thirty-eight network caregivers attended a private training led by Heather Forbes, founder of Beyond Consequences Institute, which focused on exploring solutions to help find effect ways to care for themselves as well as help them heal from their own early life experiences. Led by Heather Forbes, LCSW

Reset Day: Celebrating Your Family Story | January 7, 2017 

Twenty-two network families learned more about their own stories and how they could intersect and influence the stories of their children. Led by Nancy Ng, MA

Concordance Relational Practice | October 8, 2016

Fifty attendees learned about how we can use “CRP” to provide the support and care needed for children who have been exposed to early life stress.
Led by Thedy Veliz, MFT

Engaging Your Child’s Frontal Lobes: Techniques | February 27, 2016

Sixty-five network families and professionals explored techniques to build reciprocity by using words that invite their children’s observation rather than their fight or flight. Led by Dr. Don Williams, PsyD

Created to Belong | May 14, 2016

Twenty-nine attendees were given a biblical understanding of how our relationship with God and our primary caregiver become integral to our relationship.

Reset Day | January 9, 2016

Thirty-three network families attended a refresher course on how the nervous system processes stress and what techniques they can use to reduce stress for themselves and their children. Led by Brandy Vanderheiden, MFT, SEP

Creative Workshop | December 5, 2015

Twenty-four foster youth and volunteers had a blast building a portable speaker from a mason jar at TechShop in San Jose. Led by Adam Wegener, Founder, Trash Amps

Internet Safety October 17, 2015

Fifteen parents learned best practices and tools to set clear expectations and boundaries for safer social networking and computer use. Led by Thomas Peterson, Founder, APParently

Unraveling Shame: The Power of Observing Life for Our Children | October 24-25, 2014

Sixty- one parents attended a seminar on intentional, purposeful parenting strategies to help the shame-filled child see his experiences in the world around him through a healthier lens. Led by Larry Bradley, M.A., LMFT, B.C.C.

Shame: The Underlying Driver of Defensiveness | May 2, 2015

Thirty-nine attendees learned to recognize shame, and its biological drivers, in the midst of their child’s defensiveness. Led by Dr. Don Williams, Psy.D

Strengthening Families | Thursdays 1/8-4/2 2015

An evidence-based family skills-building curriculum that helps prevent teen substance abuse and other problem behaviors while improving parent/ child relationships. Led by Dale MacGowan, Program Director

Reset Day | January 3, 2015

Thirty-nine network families attended a refresher course focusing on better self care for the foster or adoptive parent, ways to stay sane in our own attachment to the children we have committed to raise, and how to set realistic expectations without putting a lid on what our children can accomplish. Led by JoAnne Morris, Ministry Founder

Lending Library

A lending resource library of video and audio tapes and numerous books offering education and training in dealing with Attachment Disorder and other parenting challenges, is available to the network. This no-cost lending library is maintained by Help One Child through various grants and donors.

Check out our Lending Library