Becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent can present its own unique challenges, especially when the children involved have a complex history of trauma.
The Foster Parent Training Program, housed at the UK TRC, is offering in-person training series focused on equipping foster/adoptive parents and other caregivers with the information and tools required to meet the needs of these children through a trauma-informed perspective.
We hope you’ll join us for our upcoming session
Multicultural Fostering and Adoption/ Mental Health Matters – Dealing with Racial Trauma through the Eyes of a Child
October 22, 2022
12:00pm- 2:00pm EST
1148 McGrathiana, Ste. #400, Lexington, KY 40511
Dr. Cheri Langley
Registration Deadline October 18, 2022
Many foster/adoptive parents may struggle with discussing race and culture in trans-racial families. Some may believe that love is enough. While love is a foundational component required for intentionally parenting from a trauma-sensitive approach, it is not enough to ensure that youth of color gain a keen sense of identity, belonging, or self-acceptance.
Avoiding these conversations can cause racial trauma and a sense of disconnectedness. When raising a child of a different race or ethnic background, adoptive/foster parents may need assistance to help the children learn how to address race, racism and develop a strong sense of their own identity.
During this foster parent training program, Dr. Cheri Langley will:
1. Describe ways in which multicultural fostering and adoption affects youth
2. Describe the racial effects of growing up a black youth in foster care.
3. Describe the racial factors that affect black youth growing up in foster care.
Parents will learn skills that will assist them in having conversations about race, culture, and the intersectionality of being a foster youth in the privacy of their home. Each participant will receive a copy of Dr. Langley’s book entitled, “Dear Black Boy” as a resource to continue the conversations with their youth.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Langley is a writer and an advocate for social and political justice. Her life’s work has been working with socially disadvantaged populations, particularly black adolescents and their families. For the past 20 years, Dr. Langley has been involved in practice and research involving HIV/AIDS, STI awareness and prevention, adolescent youth risk behavior.
As a former foster/adoptive parent and current administrator at the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work & Family Sciences, she is well versed in the child welfare system and the youth and families directly impacted by it.
Dr. Langley also has a wealth of experience in community-based participatory approaches, particularly in under-served and minority populations. It is her mission to create social change through her work in the behavioral sciences and as a published author.
This training is approved for 2 credit hours for ongoing, elective training credit for Kentucky foster parents. 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).