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Foster Parent In-Service Trainings

NFAPA In-Service Trainings:

Mark you calendars!  We have set-up several in-service trainings, both virtual and in-person.

Attachment and Bonding   (Virtual)
July 29, 2023       9:00 am—11:00 am  (Central Time)    
By Kim Stevens from North American Council on Adoptable Children

This session will provide an in-depth examination of attachment and bonding, including topics such as personality characteristics, responding to rejection, and realistic attachment expectations. This session will also offer practical tips and strategies to help strengthen parent-child relationships.

GPS for Kids on the Trauma Highway: How to Help them Navigate the World  (Virtual) 
September 23, 2023       9:00 am—11:00 am  (Central Time)  
By Barb Clark from North American Council on Adoptable Children

The world is only beginning to grasp the impact trauma has on children and we all know that the process of helping children heal can be slow, frustrating and grossly misunderstood.  Our children are assumed to be “bad” kids and the parents are judged as well. Parents hear advise like “this child needs some discipline” or “have you tried taking away their cell phone?”  The world does not understand trauma and the behaviors that come from it, or the gaps in social and emotional age which are common with children who have come from hard places.  We will explore strategies to give our children and their families tools to navigate a “trauma uniformed” world. Discussion will also focus on how caregivers can participate in building a trauma informed community for their child. We must be the ones to stir the change…it is our responsibility to our children to help their journey be less bumpy. So buckle up…it is time to repave this trauma highway together!

SPAULDING In-Service Training

Spaulding/In-service Training:   
We are working on scheduling the next class!
The Spaulding program is offered to prospective adoptive families and you will earn 12 CEU’s by completing the training.  Spaulding training offers families the tools and information that they need to:

Explain how adoptive families are different
Importance of separation, loss, and grief in adoption
Understand attachment and its importance in adoption
Anticipate challenges and be able to identify strategies for managing challenges as an adoptive family
Explore the lifelong commitment to a child that adoption bring


6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  
Exploring Expectations—Defining adoption, the process, and the key players.  Participant’s hopes and fears about the adoption process are recognized and empowerment strategies are identified to assist them in the process.  Participant’s explore their fantasies about children they might adopt to become aware of the possible influence on their decision about adoption. 

Meeting the Needs of Waiting ChildrenAssist prospective adoptive parents in focusing on the needs of children awaiting adoption.  Explore the issues of separation, loss, grief and attachment. Plus the unique issues related to parenting a child who has been sexually abused.

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  (Lunch on your own)
Exploring Adoption Issues—Identify supports within their family and introduce them to common issues that all adoptive families face.  Help develop strategies for dealing with these issues; explore crisis periods in adoption; explore their own strengths, needs and challenges as they consider adoption.

Making the CommitmentAssist prospective adoptive parents in considering resources they may need, what they need to know, what they need to do, and what they need to explore about themselves as they consider adopting a particular child or children.

Register online at:

Kinship Navigation Education Series

The Nebraska Children's Home Society is offering a free training for kinship (relative) caregivers. 

As a kinship caregiver taking care of a young relative, it can be difficult to put your own needs first. NCHS’s Kinship Navigation Education Series aims to help kinship caregivers balance the demands of caring for children with their own well-being. This free, six-part series is for kinship caregivers who are raising young relatives. Topics included cover:

Nurturing self and children

Keeping children secure and safe

Understanding child behaviors

Blessings and losses

Fostering healthy relationships

Kinship caregivers often feel alone as they embark on raising relative's children, regardless of past parenting experiences. If you are caring for young relatives and feel like no one understands your challenges, we are here for you with education, resources, and support.


3-Week Daytime Series (Offered via Zoom) Tues & Thurs, May 9-May 25 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

3-Week Evening Series (Offered via Zoom) Tues & Thurs, Jun 13-Jun 29 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Omaha- In Person
All In Person Series Held At: NCHS Margre Durham Center 4939 S. 118th St, Omaha, NE 68137

6-Week Daytime Series (Held in-person) Wednesdays, Jul 19-Aug 23 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

6-Week Evening Series (Held in-person) Mondays, Jul 17-Aug 21 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Need help registering?
Contact 888.315.7347 or
Register online at

NFPA Training Institute

The Nebraska Foster & Adoptive Parent Association is excited to announce a partnership with the National Foster Parent Association's Training Institute to bring you FREE training opportunities.  Combining the child welfare expertise of the NFPA and Centene allows the NFPAti to disseminate training to caregivers more broadly, which will further support and empower caregivers in providing the best possible care to children and youth.