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Foster Parent In-Service Trainings

NFAPA In-Service Trainings:

Trying Differently Rather than Harder
Saturday, July 9, 2022
9:00 am -11:00 am (Central Time)
Virtual Training

Why do we parents keep using strategies with our children that aren't working?  I did for way too long and once I shifted my approach, we had more peace and calm in our family.  Through some funny stories, we will explore non-consequence-based approaches, and learn how to try differently, rather than harder, in order to bring more calm into our homes.

Presented by Barb Clark from North American Council on Adoptable Children
2-hours of in-service credit 

Register online:  Coming Soon

Registration required!  We will send you an email reminder a few days before.  Registration will close July 7, 2022.  


Just Keep Swimming:  Thriving in the Midst of Grief and Loss
Saturday, September 10, 2022
9:00 am -11:00 am (Central Time)
Virtual Training

While there is beauty in loving and caring for children in an adoptive, foster or kinship family, there are also various levels of grief and loss.  We feel emptiness when a child moves on to another placement or is reunified, sadness when we see how trauma experiences have impacted their lives, and grief when we realize our kids' developmental differences might not allow for typical development. It is important to figure out ways to work through grief and loss without getting stuck in the seaweed. We must learn to "just keep swimming."

Presented by Barb Clark from North American Council on Adoptable Children
2-hours of in-service credit 

Register online:  Coming Soon

Registration required!  We will send you an email reminder a few days before.  Registration will close September 8, 2022.


SPAULDING In-Service Training

Spaulding/In-service Training:   
June 10 & 11, 2022

Virtual Training

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


Friday, June 10, 2022    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.

Saturday, June 11, 2022   8:00 a.m. - 5:30 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 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.

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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.