Parenting Groups for Foster and Adoptive Parents
Parenting children who have been abused or neglected is hard to do in isolation. The wealth of practical information that other foster and adoptive parents can give you, along with their understanding of the issues that foster and adopted children face, is not only invaluable to you as a prospective parent, but also to the children you hope to parent.
Due to their early lives, many children in foster care, including those waiting to be adopted, have learning, reasoning, and behavior problems, and sometimes medical conditions that require special treatment and care. Many children who have spent time in the system have attention difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and attachment challenges. (Attachment is the loving bond that is formed between a parent and a child in the first year of life and beyond.)
These children need loving parents, but they also need parents who are willing to commit to the job of raising a child. They need parents who are willing to equip themselves with the skills that will help them be successful parents for children who have experienced trauma and may have unresolved issues of grief and anger. More than anything, these kids need parents who are willing to accept them as they are, and to help them heal so that they can grow to reach their potential.
The group is designed as twelve weekly 60-minute sessions.
If you are interested in participating in a Parenting Group, please call 573-818-7010 or send us a message using the form at the bottom of this page.