3Class will be held on the following dates SCHEDULEClass will be held on the following datesSession 1: Monday, November 7th, 6PMSession 2: Wednesday, November 9th, 6PMSession 3: Tuesday, November 15th, 6PMSession 4: Thursday, November 17th, 6PMSession 5: Monday, November 21st, 6PMSession 6: Wednesday, November 23rd, 6PMSession 7: Monday, November 28th, 6PMSession 8: Wednesday, November 30th, 6PM
4You will need to make up the same session in a future PRIDE class: IF YOU MISS A SESSION …You will need to make up the same session in a future PRIDE class:The next sessions should begin in January 2012
5INTRODUCTIONS - TRAINERS Bud CannavenoFoster/Adoptive Parent with wife Michelle since 1994Active in both local and statewide foster/adoptive parent support organizationsVolunteer on Morris County Child Placement Review Board (recommendations to Family Court Judge)Co-trainer for Pre-service Training since 1999
7INTRODUCTIONS - TRAINERS DYFS Resource Family Support UnitAdrian BennettAlison CassoneLisa DrakeJulie FelicianoShannon McCloskeyChi Chi OnikyeCharlene SemelfortDaniel SianozeckiKetty Williams (Supervisor)
8INTRODUCTIONS – YOUR TURN!!!! Time to get to know each other …This is the part that everyone hates, but it’s probably the MOST important thing we can accomplish tonight!You may not appreciate it now, but the friendships and connections you form here will hopefully translate to a network of new supports as you start this journey …
9PRIDEBook Organization For each session:Competencies to be achievedIn Session and At Home ObjectivesAgendaKey Points - Summarizes information covered in classYou Need to Know - Material to be studied between sessionsBirth Parent’s PerspectivePRIDE Connection-Exercise to help identify life experiences that will play a role in resource parentingMaking a Difference-True story from resource family or agency staffPromoting Safety, Permanence and Well Being - additional information and resources (Page 329)
10Handouts for This Session PRIDEBookName CardSupplemental MaterialAlphabet Soup (Acronyms and Definitions)HousekeepingInternet ResourcesLose the LabelsParticipant Information FormPRIDE Connection Worksheets (Homework)
11“HOMEWORK” (PRIDE Connection Exercises) It’s CRITICAL that all eight (8) take-home assignments be completed and handed in by the last session!All of the take-home assignments are stapled together into one packet. Keep this packet together and hand it in all at once at the last session.
12P R D E ARENTS’ ESOURCES for NFORMATION, EVELOPMENT and DUCATION What is PRIDE?PRIDEARENTS’ESOURCES forNFORMATION,EVELOPMENT andDUCATION
13The Core Competencies of PRIDE: Protecting and Nurturing ChildrenMeeting Children’s Developmental Needs and Addressing Developmental DelaysSupporting Relationships Between Children and Their FamiliesConnecting Children to Safe, Nurturing Relationships Intended to Last a LifetimeWorking as a Member of a Professional Team
14The “Parking Lot”We may not be able to answer all of your questions during class. We’ll use the “Parking Lot” to list questions that need answers and review the list at the beginning of each section.
15Basic RulesStart on time … End on timeRespect the diversity of the classRespect confidentiality of our discussionsCome to class preparedIf you’re going to be late or miss class, please call the Resource Family Support Unit and at least leave a message
16Basic RulesThis is a very informal setting, designed to stimulate discussion … but sometimes we may get off track!Facilitators reserve the right to cut off-topic discussions shortParticipants reserve the right to ask facilitators to get back on topic
17You have complementary roles with us, the trainers Welcome to the Team!As prospective resource families, you share a common goal to embrace children and families who need youYou have complementary roles with us, the trainersWe guide the group, stimulate discussion and answer questionsYou share information about yourselves and your ideas about fostering and adopting
18“Try Before You Buy”Would you buy clothing from a store without trying it on first?What if you did, and when you got it home, you decided it really wasn’t for you?Would you feel frustrated that you made the wrong decision?Would you return the clothes?What if the store had a “no return” policy? Would you throw the clothes away or just bury them in the closet?
19“Try Before You Buy”PRIDE pre-service training provides you an opportunity to “try on” foster or adoptive parenting before you commitWe hope to clarify your expectations and answer as many questions as possible so that you can make an informed decision
20Possible OutcomesThe training, assessment and certification process will result in one of four possible outcomes for your family …
21Possible OutcomesDYFS and you mutually find that your competencies and interests in fostering or adopting fit with the goals of the program and you are invited to “select in” and become part of the team of resource families
22Possible OutcomesDYFS and you mutually find that your competencies and interests do not fit with the goals of the program at this time and you choose not to continue the process.
23Possible OutcomesDYFS finds that your competencies are compatible with the program, but your family is not interested in continuing the process at this time, so you “select out” of the program.
24Possible OutcomesYou believe that your family’s competencies and interests fit, but DYFS does not agree with you. In this case, DYFS holds the final decision because they are legally mandated to protect the children in their care. Their job is to find resource families for the children in their care, not to find children for the adults who open their homes to them.
25“Making a Difference!” Video What are your immediate reactions?In what ways is the video the same as your expectations of foster care and adoption?In what ways does it differ?Which characters impressed you most?In what ways do the foster parents help birth families?What message do you get from the video?
27Questions for Discussion … In what ways did the images in the video match your expectations?Circumstances of placementInvolvement with substance abuseChild’s reaction to placement/behaviorsFoster family’s ability to help
28Questions for Discussion … In what ways did the images in the video differ from expectations?Child’s hostility (language)The Hanson’s didn’t adopt VernonVernon and Nathan were both with the Hansons for so longInteraction with birth familiesIn-home visitsPost-adoption contact with Vernon’s birth fatherNumber of children who return home vs. being adoptedNo description of services to birth family
29Questions for Discussion … Which characters impressed you?Mrs. Hanson – patience of a saint!Mr. Hanson – good fatherVernon – just a kid in need of a familyVernon’s mother – very troubledVernon’s father – gratefulNathan – struggling teenagerNathan’s father – grateful, successful
30Questions for Discussion … What were some of the challenges that the Hansons faced?Vernon’s behaviorsVernon’s developmental delaysWorking with Vernon’s fatherSaying goodbye to Vernon and Nathan
31Questions for Discussion … What are some sources of support for foster and adoptive parents as demonstrated in the video?Other resource familiesCaseworkerChurch pastorSchool personnelOther family members
32So … What’s This All About? What is family foster care?What is adoption?Why do children and families need child welfare services?What are the mission and goals of child welfare agencies?How are children and families referred for family foster care and adoption services?
33So … What’s This All About? Why do children need foster care services?Why do children need adoption services?What were some examples of the core competencies in the video?
34Facts About Foster Care & Adoption In New Jersey:Child-related issues fall under the Department of Children and Families (DCF)The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) is the agency within DCF that is responsible for child protection
35Facts About Foster Care & Adoption The following slides present statistics obtained from the State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families and from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau.
36New Jersey Facts Child Protective Services Referral Sources (2008)
37New Jersey Facts Substantiation of Abuse/Neglect (2010) CountyReportedSubstantiatedAtlantic4,1973819.08%Bergen5,29763111.91%Burlington4,9493456.97%Camden9,1841,20513.12%CapeMay1,55319212.36%Cumberland3,6643419.31%Essex9,6991,08011.14%Gloucester3,97440510.19%Hudson6,69494614.13%Hunterdon84513415.86%Mercer4,0543909.62%Middlesex6,4405278.18%Monmouth5,2504388.34%Morris3,61238910.77%Ocean6,7363014.47%Passaic6,0304096.78%Salem1,3151027.76%Somerset2,43429312.04%Sussex1,6791005.96%Union4,47758813.13%Warren1,5411177.59%OutofState751216.00%GrandTotal93,6999,3269.95%
38New Jersey Facts Comparison of Children Entering vs New Jersey Facts Comparison of Children Entering vs. Exiting Out-of-Home CareSource:
39New Jersey Facts Children Under DYFS Supervision vs New Jersey Facts Children Under DYFS Supervision vs. Out-of-Home Placement (As of June 2011, over 80% still live at home)Source:
40New Jersey Facts Percentage of Siblings Placed Together Source:
41Children Exiting and Re-enterting DYFS Care New Jersey FactsChildren Exiting and Re-enterting DYFS Care(Source: Chapin Hall)Source:
42New Jersey Facts Children in Placement by Placement Type (Total = 7,197 as of 06/30/2011 – Point in Time)Source:
43National Facts Placement Settings of Children in Foster Care (FY2006) Source:
44New Jersey Facts Children in Placement by Age (Total = 7,197 as of 06/30/2011 – Point in Time)Source:
45National Facts Ages of Children in Foster Care (FY2006) Source:
46New Jersey Facts 52% Male 48% Female Children in Placement by Race/Ethnicity(Total = 7,197 as of 06/30/2011 – Point in Time)52% Male48% FemaleSource:
47National Facts Race/Ethnicity of Children in Foster Care (FY2006) Of these children, 52% were male and 48% were femaleSource:
48New Jersey Facts Adoptions Finalized by DCF/DYFS (2000-2010) Source:
49New Jersey Facts Children Legally Free for Adoption (“Legal Orphans”) Source:
50National Facts Children in Public Foster Care Waiting to be Adopted (FY2006) TX (12,191)NY (8,040)FL (7,478)MI (6,164)NJ (4,672)Source:
51National Facts Length of Stay in Foster Care (FY2006) Source:
52National Facts Outcomes for Children Exiting Foster Care (FY2006) Source:
53Let’s add them to our Parking Lot! Are there any questions that you had that may not have been answered during this session?Let’s add them to our Parking Lot!
54CLOSURE Review You Need to Know!, PRIDEBook Pages 24-35 Complete the PRIDE Connection exercise on PRIDEBook Pages (copy in packet)Read Making A Difference!, PRIDEBook Page 38Session 2: Teamwork Toward Permanence
55Resource Family Pre-Service Training Tonight, 6-9PM in Conference Room
56Resource Family Pre-Service Training Tonight, 6-9PM in Conference Room
57Resource Family Pre-Service Training Tonight, 6-9PM in Conference Room
58National Facts Trends in Foster Care and Adoption - FY2000-FY2005 (Based on data submitted by states as of January 2007)Source: AFCARS data, US Children's Bureau, Administration for Children, Youth and Families
59New Jersey Facts % of DYFS Youth Discharged Within 12 Months (Chapin Hall Foundation for Children –
60Stranded on a Desert Island Break into groups and imagine that you have been stranded on a desert island. Collectively decide on five items that you would have planned to bring with you, just in case you were stranded. You have about three minutes to discuss …
61SCHEDULE – Weekend Sessions Class will be held on the following datesSession 1: Saturday, June 6, 8:30AMSession 2: Saturday, June 13, 8:30AMSession 3: Saturday, June 20, 8:30AMSession 4: Saturday, June 27, 8:30AM
62What is a team?Has two or more membersShares a common goalComplementary rolesEstablished way of working together through procedures and common terms
63Questions for Discussion … Why didn’t the Hansons adopt Vernon?Some families provide foster care, helping children return home or move on to an adoptive familyWhy were Vernon and Nathan with the Hansons for so long?Nathan’s bond with his father may not have made him a candidate for adoptionVernon’s case would likely not take as long with current federal laws
64SCHEDULE – Weekend Sessions PRIDE training will be held on the following dates:Sessions 1&2: Saturday, April 2nd, 8:30AM – 3:30PMSessions 3&4: Saturday, April 9th, 8:30AM – 3:30PMSessions 5&6: Saturday, April 16th, 8:30AM – 3:30PMSessions 7&8: Saturday, April 23rd, 8:30AM – 3:30PM