Classes for February for licensed foster parents, adoptive parents and DCYF Staff


Attachment: A Child’s Ability to Connect – a must take for all caregivers Many children come into care with attachment issues that can be misconstrued for other behaviors.  Knowledge is the best tool toward understanding why these behaviors may disrupt everyday life.   2/1 – 2/28

Conflict and Anger Management – information for all aspects of life:  caregiving, family, work, community.  Learn how conflicts arise and tools to defuse them, especially with children in care.   2/1 – 2/28

Fostering Success in School – youth in care need support in all areas of life.  School is such an important place for them to have your full support.  Making new friends, being part of a new community, special needs, all areas where you as the caregiver can help foster their success.   2/1 – 2/7  (this is a great stand-alone training as well as part of the Specialized Care Series)

Human Trafficking: What Caregivers Need to Know – sounds like a scary topic, but it is a real issue even in NH.  How can we protect our vulnerable children in care from predators when sometimes kids are just looking for attention, love, belonging?  Better to be informed and safe rather than sorry you missed an opportunity to have a discussion that might help save a youth.    2/1 – 2/28

Positive Connections with Birth Families – creating a connection with a birth family can help a youth thrive in your home.  Connections lay the groundwork for you to help mentor the birth family if the youth is going home, or for successful visitations.  Connections aren’t limited to just parents but can include siblings, grandparent, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.   2/8 – 2/14

Being an Advocate for Kids in Placement – do you know how to advocate for the children and youth in your care?  This class will provide you tools to know when and how to advocate for the child in your home.   2/15 – 3/6

How RPPS Defines Normalcy:  Haircuts, School Trips, and More – Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standards:  do you know if you can cut a child’s hair?  Can you go to a beach in Maine?  Learn the do’s and don’ts before they become an issue.  A must class for ALL caregivers!    2/15 – 2/21

Parenting Children Who Exhibit Sexualized Behaviors – another stand-alone training, but also part of the Specialized Care Series.  What is typical behavior, what is troublesome, and what to do about it.   2/15 – 2/21

Understanding How Permanency is Achieved: the 2018 Protocols – what are the timelines for permanency?  When does each step of the permanency process happen and why.  A great class for those looking to adopt and trying to understand the permanency process.    2/15 – 2/21

How’s Your Stress Life? – take time to take a look at how you can ease some of the stress in your life, particularly,  having new children in your home.  Look at life in general and learn tools to ease the stress of everyday issues.    2/22 – 3/6

Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in Children – kids often come into care with food issues.  They may be trauma-based or related to not having enough food at home, etc.  Learn how to help kids overcome these eating-related problems (tips and tricks for healthy eating) and learn better eating habits that you can adopt to model for them.   2/22 – 3/20

Strategies for Managing Sexualized Behaviors – this training takes the previous class about “Parenting Children who Exhibit Sexualized Behaviors” to the next level.  Sometimes, more information is exactly what is needed to help resolve the issue or to simply find the right professional help the child needs.   2/22 – 3/20

Autism Spectrum Disorders – a great class for all caregivers.  Many kids in care are on the spectrum.  Many kids in general are.  You may not have that information prior to their joining your home due to their age, or their not having a diagnosis.  Be proactive for the children coming into your home.  Understand why they do what they do, behave the way they do, and learn to help them thrive.   2/29 – 3/27

NEW* How Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Affects Kids in Care – this course provides participants with an understanding of the range of effects associated with FASD from the prenatal stage to adulthood.  Participants will explore how to identify common behavioral challenges and unique strengths of individuals with FASD.   2/29 – 3/20

Complexities of Sibling Relationships – children in care may be placed with their siblings, they may be separated, some may be placed while others remain home, there are other siblings in the foster and adoptive home, you may have siblings.  A complex subject with some easy to understand explanations on how to manage feelings such as jealousy, anger, resentment, etc.   2/29 – 3/27

Promoting Positive Behavior in School-Age Children – what is typical adolescent behavior?  What is abnormal behavior?  Sometimes adolescent behavior can be troublesome, but it might just be normal behavior at that age.  Learn the difference and gain some skills in dealing with both.   2/29 – 3/27

Youth Safety in the Age of Technology – this class provides the most up to date information on how to keep kids and yourself safe online.   2/29 – 3/27


Gail S. Thomas

Moodle Administrator

Education Specialist

Child Welfare Education Partnership

Granite State College

117 Pleasant St., Dolloff Building
Concord, NH  03301