ERIC Number: ED339493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Foster Parent--Birth Parent Involvement. Fostering Families.
Schatz, Mona Struhsaker; Horesji, Charles
This module is part of a training program for foster parents and foster care workers offered at Colorado State University. The module's learning objectives address: (1) the importance of biological parents' involvement to a foster child; (2) the relationship of biological parents' involvement to children's adjustment to foster care; (3) the foster parents' encouragement of visitation by a child's biological family; (4) biological parents' legal rights; and (5) foster parents' facilitation of biological parents' involvement in their child's foster care. This module consists of three lectures. Each lecture includes reading material and exercises for individuals or groups. Lecture 1 compares the expectations of foster and biological parents for biological parents' involvement in the foster child's life and lists reasons why such involvement is important. A vignette describes the different expectations of two sets of parents. Lecture 2 suggests ways in which biological parents can be involved in foster care. Lecture 3 considers the problems and benefits of visitation by biological parents. Three vignettes illustrate these problems and benefits. A list of seven suggested readings is provided. A five-page form for evaluating the module is included. (BC)
Descriptors: Biological Parents, Caseworkers, Childhood Needs, Course Descriptions, Feedback, Foster Care, Foster Children, Foster Family, Higher Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Rights, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Training Objectives
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Support Staff; Practitioners
Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Social Services, Boulder.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. Dept. of Social Work.