Foster Parenting: Free Events

When it comes to being a parent, there is no handbook. That's why the Y has developed training and support sessions to provide a safe and stable home. We have info sessions, parenting workshops, and support groups to help you be successful as a foster parent.

Free Parenting Workshops

Building a Trauma-Informed Home

Are you wondering how to best support a child or youth in your life who has been through profound trauma, such as a serious illness, accident, loss, neglect or violence? Building a Trauma-informed home is a 12 part series with stand-alone sessions that prepare those connected with children and youth to respond to challenges.

For more information and to register,

Free care for children provided

All training sessions are held 9am-12pm

Date and Location

  • November 24th Sammamish Community YMCA
    Unit 11: Conflict management approaches and techniques.
  • December 15th Dale Turner Family YMCA
    YMCA Unit 12: Understanding the cycle and stages of crisis.

Foster Care Support Groups

It takes a village to raise a child. YMCA Foster Families have the support of fellow foster parents with over 30 years of experience and our team of professionals to guide you in providing a safe and stable environment for a foster youth.

To find a support group near you, or for more information email:

Parenting Workshops

Community of Fostering Parenting Workshops from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturdays. Ideal for parents and caregivers of children who have been affected by trauma or want to learn new skills for working with youth. Children’s activities during the workshops are provided for all attendees. Register by email at


  • November 10th, 2018: Matt Griffin Y (Seattle)
    Substance Use, Abuse & Addiction by Lindsey Greene, Community Educator at Apple Health Core Connections

    Explores the impact and rates of substance use among youth in foster care. It discusses risk factors and protective factors, how substance use effects the brain, different types of substances being used, and common warning signs of use or addiction. Caregivers will leave better able to start conversations with youth on substance use and addiction.

  • November 17th, 2018: Coal Creek Y
    Behavioral Support Techniques by Ivona Radunovic, Lead Behavior Specialist at the YMCA Community of Fostering

    The goal of this training is to give parents, caregivers and supportive adults tools to prevent or de-escalate behavioral crises and effectively manage acute crises. Participants will learn constructive ways to handle stressful situations.

    These techniques benefit any interpersonal relationships, but are especially useful for adults who work or care for children and youth who have been through trauma and have emotional and behavioral challenges.

    (Repeat of 10/6)
  • December 1st, 2018: West Seattle Y
    Whole Brained Parenting by Heather Perry, Community Educator at Apple Health Core Connections

    Whole Brain Parenting introduces participants to the functions of the brain, the effects of the brain’s mirror neurons, and how the brain hemispheres’ impact specific behaviors. This training uses the teachings of Dan Siegel, MD, and pairs great with Trauma Informed Care.
  • December 8th, 2018: Dale Turner Y (Shoreline)
    Conflict, Come on I’m Ready by Kathy Bigelow, Foster Home Developer and Trainer at the YMCA Community of Fostering

    What kind of “conflict responder” are you? Conflicts can build relationships! Learn ways to approach conflict and feel like you both win! Develop skills and a style where conflict can be rewarding.
Category: Foster Care