Recognize the importance of everyday family interactions.

The curriculum deepens understanding of the need and benefits of supporting children’s ongoing connections to their parents, siblings, extended family members, and communities. Maintaining these bonds is vital for promoting a sense of identity, stability, and normalcy for children.

Small interactions that are often taken for granted can serve as building blocks for trust and emotional connection. From shared meals to bedtime routines, recognizing the significance of these interactions allows parents to create a nurturing environment. By weaving positive moments into daily life, foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers contribute to a child’s sense of belonging and sense of security with their caregivers.

Explore how the curriculum meets this fundamental principle below

Featured Classroom-Based Themes

The Classroom-Based Training themes provide a framework to build a strong foundation for parenting children who have experienced trauma, separation, and loss.

Classroom-Based Training Theme

Maintaining Children’s Connections

Classroom content explores:

  • Visits with siblings

    Tips for how to navigate and support visits with siblings

  • Communication with extended family members

    Help navigate issues when promoting communication with extended family members

  • Community Connections

    Provide opportunities to keep children connected to their communities (i.e. schools, church, friends, sporting teams)

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Classroom-Based Training Theme

Creating a Stable, Nurturing and Safe Home Environment

Classroom content explores:

  • Setting Limits

    How to balance setting consistent and predictable limits with the unique needs of children who have experienced separations, loss, and trauma.

  • Issues when promoting communication

    Help navigate issues when promoting communication with extended family members

  • Help children feel safe

    Strategies to help children impacted by trauma and loss feel psychologically and physically safe in the home.

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Featured Right-Time Themes

Recognizing that adults learn best when the information is applicable to their own situation, the NTDC has created a component of the curriculum called Right-Time Training.

Right-Time Training Theme

Building Children’s Resilience

Right-Time materials explore:

  • Experiencing a stable and committed relationship

    The importance of a child experiencing a stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, or another caregiving adult.

  • Develop and enhance a child’s resilience

    Strategies that can be incorporated into daily care to develop and enhance a child’s resilience.

  • Value relationship

    The need to value relationship over compliance.

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Right-Time Training Theme

Preparing for and Managing Visitation

Right-Time materials explore:

  • Address concerns, questions and emotion

    How to check in and address concerns, questions and emotions children may encounter before and after visits with their families.

  • The importance of visits

    The importance of visits for children even if results in their behaviors becoming disruptive.

  • Validate the range of feelings

    Strategies on how to help children name and validate the range of feelings they may experience before, during and after a visit.

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