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Foster Parent In-Service Trainings

NFAPA In-Service Trainings-2024:

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

February 17, 2024     VIRTUAL
The Big 3:  Lying, Stealing & Raging
by Barb Clark, Families Rising (Formerly NACAC)

Some common symptoms in children who have experienced trauma (including FASD) are lying, stealing and raging. We will discuss the neuro-behavioral aspects of why these behaviors are common and talk about concrete relational-based strategies that can help get a handle on these frustrating behaviors.  


March 23, 2024       VIRTUAL
Trauma 101
by Amanda Drier, BraveBe

Trauma 101 training will provide participants with background
information on Adverse Childhood Experiences and risk factors, and their impact on overall wellbeing.  This training will also provide tangible strategies for supporting and building protective factors and resilience, with a focus on preventive strategies.  A self-care component is also included, with take-home resources for further exploration.

SPAULDING In-Service Training--CANCELLED due to low registration

Spaulding/In-service Training:   Virtual
February 23, 2024   6pm-9:30pm &
February 24, 2024   8am-5:30pm

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


February 23, 2024
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.

February 24, 2024
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.

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The Nebraska Children's Home Society offers training.  Check out their website for future training events.


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.