ERIC Number: ED353043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Religion and the Foster Home. Fostering Families. A Specialized Training Program Designed for Foster Care Workers & Foster Care Parents.
Schatz, Mona Struhsaker; Horejsi, Charles R.
This module is part of a training program for foster parents and foster care workers offered at Colorado State University. The module examines religious practices in foster homes. The module's learning objectives address: (1) the religious background of a foster child's birth family; (2) the rights of a foster child's birth parents concerning the child's religious upbringing; (3) expectations about foster parents' handling of religious matters related to a foster child; (4) foster parents' awareness about differences in religious beliefs; (5) communication between foster parents and foster care workers about religious practices; and (6) cooperation between foster and birth parents concerning the foster child's religious upbringing. The module consists of three lectures which include reading materials, charts, and activities for individuals or groups. Lecture 1 provides an overview of the role of religion in foster homes and the religious upbringing of foster children. Lecture 2 discusses individuals' development of awareness of their religious beliefs, and presents case studies that illustrate religious issues that might arise in foster care placement. Lecture 3 describes a contract between a foster family and a foster placement agency in which the family stipulates its religious practices, and ways the family will handle situations or problems involving a foster child's religious beliefs or practices. A form for evaluating the module is appended. (BC)
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.