Online training and support during coronavirus

Online training and support during coronavirus

5/25/2020 – webinars

Talking to Your Children about COVID-19
On-demand, one hour | NFPA
An overview of COVID-19 while highlighting supportive resources. The training reviews preventive measures designed to help keep families safe and also examines practical strategies for supporting mental and emotional health needs.

Fostering Education from Home
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 1:00 EDT
+ Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 1:00 EDT
 | Child Welfare League of America


5/2/2020 – A resource kit for grieving children, from the National Alliance for Grieving Children https://childrengrieve.org/resources/covid-19-resources#toolkit. They also have a set of free webinars titled the “(COVID Response Series), first presented as live sessions and then available to watch later https://childrengrieve.org/education/online-learning. (Their full collection of webinars is not free unless you’re a member)


4/21/2020 – From WA CITA, a presentation on Maintaining Connections Through Virtual Family Time


4/17/2020 – From Harvard, a guide to covid-19 and early childhood development


4/9/2020 Passed on by the WACF, a video re: Supportive remote Visitation (by a local foster parent and parent who successfully had his child returned

And for those that weren’t able to join yesterday’s webinar from WACF “Maintaining Connections Through Virtual Family Time”, or if you would like access to the materials, they have made the recording and all supporting materials available on the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) website at this link: https://www.wacita.org/resources-for-family-time-in-the-covid-19-era/


4/6/2020: The Wellness Society has released an anxiety workbook to help people handle coronavirus, available here.

  • Part One: Tools to Help You Manage Coronavirus Anxiety
  • Part Two: Creating Your Stress Resilience Action Plan

4/4/2020: Kaiser Permanente has shared some simple ideas for reducing your own stress and anxiety while sheltering at home.

They also suggested that you take advantage of prescription deliveries to avoid visiting a pharmacy if possible – Kaiser has their own mail-order pharmacy for customers, and other insurance companies do as well, but this is also offered by generic pharmacies like Walgreens and Bartells.


4/3/2020: End Violence Against Children has produced a resource pack for Positive Parenting in Covid-19 Isolation, and also provides a large amount of material on parenting, health and education while staying sheltered at home.


A guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty


The resources below were produced by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSCN) and CDC to help families as they deal with the added stressors associated with COVID-19.

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/parent-caregiver-guide-to-helping-families-cope-with-the-coronavirus-disease-2019

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html


Amara has provided a large collection of online resources listed on their site, including a fact sheet Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks that provides guidance on recognizing the signs of stress in yourself and how to relieve that stress and get help, when you need to.


DCYF sent out a page of tips for parents on how to manage video visits with children of different age groups:


Fostering Together

In-person support groups are suspended, but in their place they are running a number of online support groups with training. For zoom invites and updates follow your regional facebook group. Some trainings scheduled for April include

  • “Whole Brained Parenting: understand the basics of how attachment issues are extremely common in children who have experienced complex trauma”, April 13th
  • “Attachment beyond infancy”, April 20th
  • “Resiliency”, April 27th

Registration is required before sessions in order to record training hours.


On this page we are collecting online resources that are either specific to the challenges of coronavirus, or may only be temporarily available. More online trainings can be found at https://fpaws.org/foster-parent-training/


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