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[FosterEd] Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Birth Family Dynamics While Children Are Living in Foster Care (March 28, 2020)

Wendy Wolff, MS
WHEN Saturday, Mar 28th 2020 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
COST $20.00 per person
$35.00 per parenting couple
LOCATION Meeker County Family Services Center, Room 200 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield, MN 55355

Audience: Parents & Professionals
Level: (Intermediate)
Ages addressed: 0-18

In this workshop we will learn about the historical context of foster care and permanency and the important role of foster parents in maintaining healthy connections with children´s birth family while they are living in your home. We will explore issues of loyalty, attachment, communication, roles and responsibilities, levels of contact, boundaries and transitions between caregivers. We will allow time to learn from one another by discussing case examples, personal stories of challenges and successes as we identify practical tools and strategies to maintain safe and healthy connections that can lead to better outcomes for children. You will leave this workshop feeling more confident to navigate these complex relationships effectively.

Wendy Wolff, MS, conducted a three-year qualitative research project with Hennepin County in Minneapolis on maintaining healthy birth family connections and family visiting, which led to the creation of family visit guides for foster parents, children and birth families, published by Northwest Media, Inc. She has consulted with county and private agencies about the complex relationships between primary families and resource families and has developed training for resource parents and social workers on best practices and strategies to overcome challenges in these relationships. She was a school counselor for almost 20 years and she and her husband have three adopted children and 2 dogs who spend time hiking, skiing, canoeing and exploring the outdoors together.