What’s an Information Sessions
The Information Session (previously referred to as Orientation) constitutes the first phase of IMPACT Family Centered Practice (FCP) pre-service training/preparation and is mandatory for all potential foster and adoptive families. The scripted IMPACT FCP Information Session video and PowerPoint presentation should be used. Families approved by other states are also required to have the fundamental information needed to consider fostering or adopting in this state. The Information Session provides a basic introduction of applicable DFCS policy to assist interested parties in making an initial decision about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Subsequently, they can determine whether to continue the process or select themselves out. It may be completed within a scheduled group setting or individually with families unable to participate in the group process.
The IMPACT FCP pre-service training addresses several areas that are required in establishing the basic skills and competencies needed to parent children placed in foster or adoptive care. These areas include the following:
The Fostering/Adoption Process
including supervision and safety issues for children in care; communication with the agency and other foster care partners; the judicial/legal process; discipline policy requirements and behavior management; cultural, ethnic and religious issues; supports for the resource family; an awareness of personal and family strengths/needs, and resources required to successfully foster/adopt; understanding the role of the resource family in concurrent planning.
Emotional/Cognitive/Behavioral Implications in Fostering/Adopting
Loss and attachment issues and techniques for intervention; the impact of placement on the cognitive functioning of children; family’s role in working with professionals in meeting the medical, psychological, educational, etc. needs of children; supporting the agency in moving a child into the appropriate level of care; the immediate and long term effects of placement on the resource family; the agency’s role in supporting collaboration between partners; recognizing and responding to emotional, psychological and bio-chemical disorders.