Working With Birth Families

Training courses for foster carers

For most children who are placed in foster care, maintaining links with their families is very important. For this reason, regular visits are arranged with children’s parents, brothers and sisters or other family members.

Maintaining this contact is particularly important where the plan is for a child to return home as these children will need to keep up their relationships with their family.

Foster carers have an important part to play in these visits. Their role is central to ensuring that children are well-prepared and that contact with the birth family is viewed as positively as possible.

Foster carers can also help children cope with their sad or angry feelings after the contact is over when they have had to say goodbye to their families again. Advice and training on all of these processes is extremely useful for both foster carers and support workers.

This 1 day course meets the requirements of the Training, Support and Development Standards for foster care: