Kids notes 2/21/13

Foster care licensing information meet set

Washington County residents interested in providing foster care are invited to attend an information meeting about the licensing process from 6 to 8 p.m. March 4 in Lower Level Room 16 at the Government Center in Stillwater.

The start of the licensing process for families interested in providing foster care is free. The county seeks families willing to open their homes to school-age and teenage children who need temporary places to live. Placements vary in length and foster providers are part of an agency team that works to meet a child’s needs toward the goal of reuniting the family or enhancing a teens’ self-esteem and helping them become more independent.

Foster families are also involved in the respite program that gives families a break by caring for children and teens with disabilities for a few days or a weekend. This care is scheduled on a regular basis and takes as little as one weekend a month.

Along with meeting licensing requirements, foster families should provide a stable one- or two-parent family atmosphere; positive attitude; adequate housing, and love and support children or adults in their care.

Potential foster families must undergo a screening process that includes a thorough background check before they are licensed to provide foster care.
For more information, questions or to RSVP in case of cancellation, call 651-430-6455. The Government Center is located at 14949 62nd Ave. in Stillwater.


Free parent education workshops offered

The free one-session parent education workshop “Raising Resilient Kids” for parents and caregivers of all ages of children is offered at two Washington County locations in March.

The workshops, offered through Community Education, are 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 5 at the Mahtomedi District Education Center and March 28 at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

Family therapist Bob Downs discusses the skills children need, core components of resilient families and how parents can raise children to face challenges, bounce back from adversity and learn life-long lessons.

Downs has worked with families for 30 years and his latest project, “Family Strengths Mapping,” is a resource for parents to understand and encourage family beliefs, strengths and skills to give children resiliency skills against future challenges.”

The workshops are free but registration is required and can be done by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/s/QGVXW8V. The county’s CONNECT Chemical Health Action Collaborative, the Stillwater, Mahtomedi, South Washington and Forest Lake school districts and Promoting Positive Parenting co-sponsor the workshops.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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