Caring for foster children takes a special kind of person. Foster Parents and Foster Care Staff take on the huge responsibility of caring for children who are in need of role models, parents, teachers, and just a stable presence in their lives. That said, just because you have a huge heart and love what you do, doesn’t mean that you will be 100% prepared to handle every situation that comes up when it comes to caring for foster children. Like anyone who is passionate about their work, and wants to be the best at what they do, education is the best place to start.
By educating yourself, and working with experts who have helped other foster parents and foster care staff for decades, you will take your skills to a whole new level. In this article we wanted to let you know that you’re not alone in this. Cristy Schlientz has made it her life’s work helping people just like you become the best foster parents and foster care staff that you can be. She has been in the industry for several decades. Over the years she has converted her knowledge into practical training materials for foster parents and foster care staff.
Teaching Family Model for Foster Parents and Foster Care Staff
The Teaching Family Model is an evidence-based program used throughout the country to help youth and their families deal with physically, emotionally, and sexually abused children; delinquent youths, emotionally disturbed, autistic and medically fragile children. The Teaching Family Model teaches the skills they need to lead a productive and satisfying life. It is one of the only childcare models that is well defined and therefore can be effectively replicated.
The Teaching Family Model is designed to train and support the direct care workers knowing that if the children are going to be successful, it must begin at home. Eligible participants for implementing the Teaching Family Model include, but are not limited to, Group Homes, Treatment Foster Care, and Home-Based Treatment.
Training Materials for Foster Parents and Foster Care Staff
Cristy Schlientz has taken her experience as anIndividual Developer for the Teaching Family Model and created training materials that can be purchased from this website. Before Cristy created these training materials for foster parents and foster care staff it used to be that people would have to spend thousands of dollars to either certify in the Teaching Family Model or another similar program. Obviously that certification is still extremely critical for agencies that have the resources to certify. That said, through these training materials, foster parents and foster care staff can educate yourselves for a few hundred dollars. So, with that being said, what topics do these materials cover? Below are just a few of the dozens of training materials that can be purchased in our online store.
- Building Positive Relationships with Youth
- Praising and Correcting Youth Behaviors
- Protecting Youth Rights
- Strategies for the Uncooperative Youth
The four documents above are just a few of our best training materials for foster parents and foster care staff. These documents are part of the Pre-Service Workshop from the Teaching Family Model. One nice thing about purchasing these documents is that you’re not going to break the bank. Cristy wanted to make sure that everyone who wants the documents can afford them. They range from under $10 to $25, but that’s about as high as individual documents go. We hope you will consider making a purchase and continuing educating yourself on how to become the best possible foster care provider that you can be. If you have any questions about any of our foster care training materials, please feel free to use the contact form on the website to send Cristy a note.