Brent and I spent Saturday morning in training at MBCH

Mandatory Reporting and Foster Parent Hotlines – To remind foster parents of their role in mandatory reporting and that they too can be hotlined 9:00 -10:00 AM (1)  We have been told several times that it is not a matter of if we will ever get “hotlined”  called in to the child abuse and neglect hotline but when we will get “hotlined.”  Whether it is a disgruntled parent, someone who sees one of the kids in our care tantruming or a child making allegations of mistreatment. 

Building Relationships through Communication – Reminding foster parents of the importance of clear communications to build relationships 10:00 – 11:00 AM (1) Different strategies for building relationships and communication like ways to be express empathy, genuineness, consistency, etc…

Confidentiality – To better understand how foster parents can ensure the confidentiality of information for children in their care 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (1)  As resource parents we will not be able to share any information about the children in our homes except on as as needed basis.  We may not discuss their backgrounds, parent’s issues, current challenges, etc… even with our family members.