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Foster Parent In-Service Trainings

NFAPA In-Service Training: Promoting Placement Stability
Saturday, April 24, 2021

9:00 am -11:00 am (Central Time)
Virtual Training

Seventy percent of placement disruptions occur in the first six months, primarily due to caregiver/parenting issues. Foster parents learn behaviors that promote stability and
techniques to improve their responses to a child’s problematic behaviors. 

· Identify how to reduce placement disruptions and increase placement stability

· Identify the three sources of instability

· Understand the impact of multiple moves on children

· Identify specific reactions to trauma that impact behavior

Training presented by Cindy Downey from the Centene Corporation 


NFAPA In-Service Training: Stewards of Trauma
Saturday, June 12, 2021 
(originally scheduled for June 5th)     
9:00 am -11:00 am (Central Time)
Virtual Training

Lost your fizz? If you are a foster parent, chances are you’ve experienced at least one
symptom of Secondary Traumatic Stress. This training gives you the opportunity to reflect on your journey, examine stress points and build resilience. Take a break from the daily grind and join us!

Training presented by Christy Prang  from the Child Advocacy Center     


Register online:

Registration required!  We will send you the Zoom link for the training(s) you register for.  Registration will close one day before each training.  

SPAULDING In-Service Training

Spaulding/In-service Virtual Training:   
April 17 & 18, 2021 (2 days)
9:00 am-4:00 pm

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


Saturday, April 17, 2021    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 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 Children—Assist 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.

Sunday, April 18, 2021   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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 Commitment—Assist 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.

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Kinship/Relative Training


NFAPA is pleased to present a training specific to relative and kinship families within the state child welfare system.

This FREE training is customized to help support kinship or relative foster parents with the challenges that come along with caring for the children in their homes and supporting the families and children as they maneuver the child welfare system.

Grandparents and other relatives caring for children have unique needs. Traditional training may not be effective, as these individuals may already have experience in raising children. However, kinship caregivers can benefit from information on the child welfare system, and the financial and legal, and other supportive services available to them. A resource guide is provided covering topics such as, legal and policy issues, changes in family dynamics, and navigating the child welfare system.

Additional training topics include, Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard (RPPS), Trauma and Attachment, Behavior Management, Loss and Grief, Crossing the Thin Line as Relative, as well Respite Care. We touch base on areas such as FASD, RAD and Trauma and the Brain.

This free training is a one time, 6 hour class that includes a resource guide. Registration is required!  Please contact the NFAPA office to schedule a class in Lincoln, Omaha or North Platte.