Diakon Adoption & Foster Care will host a free foster and adoptive parent-training program focused on caring for older youths.
The training will be held in the permanency center in Old Main on The Lutheran Home at Topton campus, 1 S. Home Ave. The sessions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24.
“Part of a national pilot, the program is designed for both current foster, adoptive and kinship parents caring for older teens and for prospective foster or adoptive families interested in parenting teens,” says Kathy Roach, Diakon Adoption & Foster Care executive director.
“The program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to handle the challenges that often occur when parenting teenagers who face various behavioral concerns,” she adds.
The goal is for resource families to be better prepared to welcome these young people into their families and maintain the youth’s placement stability, commit to permanence and enhance the youth’s well-being, Roach notes. The program includes a free meal at each session, a monetary incentive for those who complete the entire program and free child care for people who register in advance.
For additional information, people should contact Casandra Dry at (610) 682-1259.
The program is funded through a three-year foster and adoptive parent preparation training and development initiative cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.