The Impact of Fostering on Birth Children
Adding a foster child to the household naturally stirs up a variety of emotions. Birth children of foster parents may be excited at the prospect of a new child in the home, but at the same time may be jealous of the time and energy their parents devote to the new child. This course explores what birth children may feel through all phases of the fostering process and offers tips for helping them cope.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify challenges for the family that chooses to foster children
  • identify ways to ease family stress caused by fostering
  • identify the three main phases of the placement process
  • list six ways to reduce placement problems
  • explain how the addition of a foster child can redefine or adjust the family roles
  • explain how post-placement reflection can contribute to the success of subsequent placements
In our home, it seems to work to set aside 1 night a week to regroup. We generally do this on family night (FRI.) which is a family movie night. The whole family likes Friday nights and they want to participate so we have a brief discussion before the movie starts to "touch base" on everyones week and any concerns. Sometimes we do this by giving everyone paper and pen so that things can be brought up without feelings being hurt.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • explain the three phases of a foster placement

  • explain how birth children may feel in each phase

  • know how to ease foster family stress in each phase

(2 credit hours, $10.00 per person)