NEW! Birth Parents with Trauma Histories
10/19/2017 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Malcolm X Library
Type of Class
According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, “Just as children in foster care have lived through trauma, many of their parents have histories of childhood or adult trauma: physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, serious accidents, and community violence—along with the experience of having their children placed in foster care. These experiences, if left unaddressed, can continue to impact individuals well into adulthood. Parents’ past or present trauma can make it difficult for them to work effectively with case workers and resource parents toward reunification with their children. Even if you don’t know a parent’s personal history of trauma, your recognizing that trauma may have played a role in their lives will help you more effectively support and work with the entire family.”
The workshop will help resource parents understand the effects of trauma on birth parents and what those traumatic experiences can result in; such as difficulty in keeping themselves and their children safe, coping in unhealthy ways, or have a hard time controlling their emotions, etc.
This workshop will help resource parents understand the importance of working together with birth parents and establishing a good relationship that promotes child safety, permanence and well-being.