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1 Welcome to P RID E Pre-Service Training for Resource Parents

2 Welcome to Session 1! Connecting with PRIDE

3 SCHEDULE Class will be held on the following dates –Session 1: Monday, November 7 th, 6PM –Session 2: Wednesday, November 9 th, 6PM –Session 3: Tuesday, November 15 th, 6PM –Session 4: Thursday, November 17 th, 6PM –Session 5: Monday, November 21 st, 6PM –Session 6: Wednesday, November 23 rd, 6PM –Session 7: Monday, November 28 th, 6PM –Session 8: Wednesday, November 30 th, 6PM

4 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

5 INTRODUCTIONS - TRAINERS Bud Cannaveno –Foster/Adoptive Parent with wife Michelle since 1994 –Active in both local and statewide foster/adoptive parent support organizations –Volunteer on Morris County Child Placement Review Board (recommendations to Family Court Judge) –Co-trainer for Pre-service Training since 1999

6 Not Your Average Family …

7 INTRODUCTIONS - TRAINERS DYFS Resource Family Support Unit –Adrian Bennett –Alison Cassone –Lisa Drake –Julie Feliciano –Shannon McCloskey –Chi Chi Onikye –Charlene Semelfort –Daniel Sianozecki –Ketty Williams (Supervisor)

8 INTRODUCTIONS – 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 …

9 PRIDEBook Organization For each session: Competencies to be achieved In Session and At Home Objectives Agenda Key Points - Summarizes information covered in class You Need to Know - Material to be studied between sessions Birth Parent’s Perspective PRIDE Connection-Exercise to help identify life experiences that will play a role in resource parenting Making a Difference-True story from resource family or agency staff Promoting Safety, Permanence and Well Being - additional information and resources (Page 329)

10 Handouts for This Session PRIDEBook Name Card Supplemental Material –Alphabet Soup (Acronyms and Definitions) –Housekeeping –Internet Resources –Lose the Labels –Participant Information Form –PRIDE 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.


13 The Core Competencies of PRIDE: 1.Protecting and Nurturing Children 2.Meeting Children’s Developmental Needs and Addressing Developmental Delays 3.Supporting Relationships Between Children and Their Families 4.Connecting Children to Safe, Nurturing Relationships Intended to Last a Lifetime 5.Working as a Member of a Professional Team

14 The “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.

15 Basic Rules Start on time … End on time Respect the diversity of the class Respect confidentiality of our discussions Come to class prepared If you’re going to be late or miss class, please call the Resource Family Support Unit and at least leave a message

16 Basic Rules This 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 short –Participants reserve the right to ask facilitators to get back on topic

17 Welcome to the Team! As prospective resource families, you share a common goal to embrace children and families who need you You have complementary roles with us, the trainers –We guide the group, stimulate discussion and answer questions –You 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 commit We hope to clarify your expectations and answer as many questions as possible so that you can make an informed decision

20 Possible Outcomes The training, assessment and certification process will result in one of four possible outcomes for your family …

21 Possible Outcomes DYFS 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

22 Possible Outcomes DYFS 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.

23 Possible Outcomes DYFS 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.

24 Possible Outcomes You 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?


27 Questions for Discussion … In what ways did the images in the video match your expectations? –Circumstances of placement –Involvement with substance abuse –Child’s reaction to placement/behaviors –Foster family’s ability to help

28 Questions for Discussion … In what ways did the images in the video differ from expectations? –Child’s hostility (language) –The Hanson’s didn’t adopt Vernon –Vernon and Nathan were both with the Hansons for so long –Interaction with birth families In-home visits Post-adoption contact with Vernon’s birth father –Number of children who return home vs. being adopted –No description of services to birth family

29 Questions for Discussion … Which characters impressed you? –Mrs. Hanson – patience of a saint! –Mr. Hanson – good father –Vernon – just a kid in need of a family –Vernon’s mother – very troubled –Vernon’s father – grateful –Nathan – struggling teenager –Nathan’s father – grateful, successful

30 Questions for Discussion … What were some of the challenges that the Hansons faced? –Vernon’s behaviors –Vernon’s developmental delays –Working with Vernon’s father –Saying goodbye to Vernon and Nathan

31 Questions for Discussion … What are some sources of support for foster and adoptive parents as demonstrated in the video? –Other resource families –Caseworker –Church pastor –School personnel –Other family members

32 So … 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?

33 So … 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?

34 Facts 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

35 Facts 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.

36 New Jersey Facts Child Protective Services Referral Sources (2008) Source:

37 New Jersey Facts Substantiation of Abuse/Neglect (2010) CountyReportedSubstantiated Atlantic4, % Bergen5, % Burlington4, % Camden9,1841, % CapeMay1, % Cumberland3, % Essex9,6991, % Gloucester3, % Hudson6, % Hunterdon % Mercer4, % Middlesex6, % Monmouth5, % Morris3, % Ocean6, % Passaic6, % Salem1, % Somerset2, % Sussex1, % Union4, % Warren1, % OutofState % GrandTotal93,6999, %

38 New Jersey Facts Comparison of Children Entering vs. Exiting Out-of-Home Care Source:

39 New Jersey Facts Children Under DYFS Supervision vs. Out-of-Home Placement (As of June 2011, over 80% still live at home) Source:

40 New Jersey Facts Percentage of Siblings Placed Together Source:

41 New Jersey Facts Children Exiting and Re-enterting DYFS Care (Source: Chapin Hall) Source:

42 New Jersey Facts Children in Placement by Placement Type (Total = 7,197 as of 06/30/2011 – Point in Time) Source:

43 National Facts Placement Settings of Children in Foster Care (FY2006) Source:

44 New Jersey Facts Children in Placement by Age (Total = 7,197 as of 06/30/2011 – Point in Time) Source:

45 National Facts Ages of Children in Foster Care (FY2006) Source:

46 New Jersey Facts Children in Placement by Race/Ethnicity (Total = 7,197 as of 06/30/2011 – Point in Time) Source: 52% Male 48% Female

47 National Facts Race/Ethnicity of Children in Foster Care (FY2006) Of these children, 52% were male and 48% were female Source:

48 New Jersey Facts Adoptions Finalized by DCF/DYFS ( ) Source:

49 New Jersey Facts Children Legally Free for Adoption (“Legal Orphans”) Source:

50 National Facts Children in Public Foster Care Waiting to be Adopted (FY2006) NJ (4,672) NY (8,040) TX (12,191) MI (6,164) FL (7,478) CA (18,028) Source:

51 National Facts Length of Stay in Foster Care (FY2006) Source:

52 National Facts Outcomes for Children Exiting Foster Care (FY2006) Source:

53 “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!

54 CLOSURE Review You Need to Know!, PRIDEBook Pages Complete the PRIDE Connection exercise on PRIDEBook Pages (copy in packet) Read Making A Difference!, PRIDEBook Page 38 Session 2: Teamwork Toward Permanence

55 Resource Family Pre-Service Training Tonight, 6-9PM in Conference Room

56 Resource Family Pre-Service Training Tonight, 6-9PM in Conference Room

57 Resource Family Pre-Service Training Tonight, 6-9PM in Conference Room

58 National 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

59 New Jersey Facts % of DYFS Youth Discharged Within 12 Months (Chapin Hall Foundation for Children –

60 Stranded 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 …

61 SCHEDULE – Weekend Sessions Class will be held on the following dates –Session 1: Saturday, June 6, 8:30AM –Session 2: Saturday, June 13, 8:30AM –Session 3: Saturday, June 20, 8:30AM –Session 4: Saturday, June 27, 8:30AM

62 What is a team? Has two or more members Shares a common goal Complementary roles Established way of working together through procedures and common terms

63 Questions for Discussion … Why didn’t the Hansons adopt Vernon? –Some families provide foster care, helping children return home or move on to an adoptive family Why were Vernon and Nathan with the Hansons for so long? –Nathan’s bond with his father may not have made him a candidate for adoption –Vernon’s case would likely not take as long with current federal laws

64 SCHEDULE – Weekend Sessions PRIDE training will be held on the following dates: –Sessions 1&2: Saturday, April 2 nd, 8:30AM – 3:30PM –Sessions 3&4: Saturday, April 9 th, 8:30AM – 3:30PM –Sessions 5&6: Saturday, April 16 th, 8:30AM – 3:30PM –Sessions 7&8: Saturday, April 23 rd, 8:30AM – 3:30PM

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