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Cooperating with the biological parents

Competences to be exercised:
Understanding the importance of cooperation for the development of children in foster care.
• Understanding the situation of parents whose child is in foster care.
• The skill of planning and practising visits and contact between foster parents and parent(s).
• Managing difficult situations in cooperation.

Theme of the session:
In this training session you are going to work with how to cooperate with the biological parents of a child in foster care.


Aims of the session:
The goal of the session is to learn and practice methods in your interaction with the parent(s) of the foster child in order to create the best possible cooperation between those involved. The foster child should experience agreement and mutual respect between foster family and parents, and the child should not be exposed to conflicts of loyalty between the two families.

Please use 15 minutes (or as much time as needed) for summing up what you worked with between the last session and this one:

•  Did you succeed in doing what you planned?
What was easy to do and what was difficult?
What did you learn from doing what you planned?
What can you do better next time you work between sessions?

Please remember: It is okay if you experienced problems – this is a new way of working, and it takes some exercise and experimenting before it becomes routine.