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, emailparented@seattleymca.org

Free care for children provided

All training sessions are held 9am-12pm

Date and Location

  • January 27th Sammamish Community YMCA
    Unit 1: Traditional vs. Therapeutic foster care and the realities for behaviorally high needs children and youth.

  • February 24th Matt Griffin YMCA
    Unit 2: Hot to be a “Professional Parent”, providing a higher level of care and involvement in youth’s treatment.

  • March 31st Dale Turner YMCA
    Unit 3: Tools on how to build a team around youth and advocate for their best interest.

  • April 28th Sammamish Community YMCA
    Unit 4: The impacts of trauma on child and adolescent development.

  • May 26th Dale Turner Family YMCA
    Unit 5: Trauma informed skills and techniques to support youth.

  • June 30th Auburn Valley YMCA
    Unit 6: Building healthy relationships with trauma-affected kids

  • July 28th Matt Griffin YMCA
    Unit 7: Effective communication to manage behavior and build relationship.

  • August 25th Sammamish Community YMCA
    Unit 8: Understanding the behaviors of children impacted by trauma.

  • September 29th Auburn ValleyYMCA
    Unit 9: Effective strategies to promote positive behavior changes.

  • October 27th Matt Griffin YMCA
    Unit 10: How to teach youth life skills focusing on the child’s strength.

  • 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: fosterparenting@seattleymca.org


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 parented@seattleymca.org

  • September 22nd, 2018: Coal Creek Y (Newcastle)
    Childhood Development by Heather Perry, Community Educator at Apple Health Core Connections

    This training provides information on key areas of childhood development; social, cognitive, and physical development are all explored. The training focuses on how complex trauma effects development in infants and toddlers, school aged children, and adolescents.
     
  • October 6th, 2018: Meredith Matthews Y (Seattle)
    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.
     
  • October 20th, 2018: Auburn Valley Y
    How to Better Communicate with Teens and Tweens by Kathy Bigelow, Foster Home Developer and Trainer at the YMCA Community of Fostering

    Learn new skills on active listening, and understand its benefits. Understand how our bodies demonstrate if we are engaged and really hearing kids. Learn to set the environment for positive interactions and communication.
     
  • 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