Session 19/21

Page 1/5 Our professional competences from the learning process

Our professional competences from the learning process

Competences to be exercised:

  • Making a systematic evaluation of your development as foster parents.

Theme of the session:

In this session you will study the outcome of your work with this training in four different areas:

  • The general development of the foster child and the child/caregiver relations.
  • Foster parents’ competences regarding theory and practices in child care.
  • The relations between the foster parents and the daily social network.
  • The relations with the local environment and decision makers.


Aims of the session:


The goals are to reflect and discuss your foster care development and compare your caregiving status at the start of the training with your present status in the above mentioned four different areas. When you compare the starting point of this Fairstart training with your present status you should reflect upon:

  • How did the training affect our ability to care for foster children?
  • Have you created a foster family that is more social, more professional and more able to offer a professional secure base for children?
  • How did the training and how does your foster care affect you as a family?
  • If you are a single foster parent, please reflect – by yourself – on your personal development and competences.


    Including Parents and children in their new community

    There are two important keys to successful inclusion in the new community:

    Parents and children must build new relations and social networks – with neighbours and their children, with local leaders, street vendors, school teachers and students. Being accepted as natural members of the community requires your planning.

    The second key is to include your children and youth in daily chores and activities, and give them responsibilities. Only then will they grow to become self-reliant, and be able to live as adult members of the community. For children who were accustomed to another set of daily duties in the Village, this new development can be a challenge.


    Let’s listen to the experiences of Mama Tulipo!

    Mama Tulipo started as an SOS Parent, and later became a foster mother. Here she describes her own personal development and the positive growth of her foster children:

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