Key Curriculum Elements
Parents will complete self-assessments before and after the classroom-based training. Information gained from the initial assessment will help the facilitator tailor the classroom sessions and materials to meet the specific needs of the group participants. The second self-assessment is designed to help parents better understand their capacity, progress, and specific areas in which they might need to seek additional learning opportunities.
The dynamic, interactive NTDC curriculum will provide concrete information on the roles and responsibilities of foster/adoptive parents and impart to parents the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to effectively parent children who have experienced trauma, separation and/or loss. Each theme will have clearly delineated learning objectives that not only build on skills taught in previous themes but also align with competencies identified as common characteristics of successful foster and adoptive parents.
Participants will have ongoing access to training and resources, allowing them to guide their own continued learning and to obtain parenting information at the time it is needed. Resources such as videos and written materials will be easily available to parents through an app or Web-based platform, enabling parents to continue building their skills over time and access age-specific information as their children transition through different developmental stages.