Foster Parent Safe Zone Training
March 28, 2023
10:00 AM-12:00 PM EST
Carla Jordan, MS
2 credit hours
Becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent can present its own unique challenges, especially when the children involved have a complex history of trauma. LGBTQ+ youth enter the foster care system for many of the same reasons as non-LGBTQ+ youth in care, such as abuse, neglect, and parental substance abuse. Many LGBTQ+ youth have the added layer of trauma that comes with being rejected or mistreated because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. According to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2022:
LGBTQ+ youth in out-of-home care face additional challenges such as discrimination, stigma and bullying. LGBTQ+ children/youth feel unsafe and face rejection from their families, schools and community. The Foster Parent Training Program, housed at the UK College of Social Work Training Resource Center, is offering training that would equip foster parents to support LGBTQ+ youth in foster care.
This training will help foster parents create safe environments for their foster youth to feel safe and affirmed. This workshop is designed to provide an introduction LGBTQ+ and allyship Training. Parents will learn:
This training is approved for 2 credit hours for ongoing, elective training credit for Kentucky foster parents. Though the training is delivered virtually, it fulfills the face-to-face, group-setting requirement. A reliable internet connection and computer/ smartphone with webcam are required.
If you have any questions, please contact Carla Jordan, TRC Training Specialist, at Carla.Jordan@uky.edu or 1-833-859-3278 (1-833-UKY-FAST).
Reference: Human Rights Commission Foundation, 2022. Change Makers Report 2021. Retrieved from https://reports.hrc.org/2021-change-makers-report