The Role of Resource Parents in Supporting  Family Recovery and Reunification in Family Treatment Courts

Overview

May 23, 2019 

As Family Treatment Courts (FTCs) are expanding and strengthening their collaborative partnerships, foster parents are being recognized as a valuable member of the team and for the important role they can play in supporting the goals of family recovery and reunification.  Foster parents are now commonly referred to as “resource parents” to reflect the critical role they have in caring for children, modeling quality caregiving for parents, and strengthening family relationships.  This Café Conversation includes a panel of practitioners who share their experiences in engaging resource parents in critical activities, including facilitating quality and frequent family time, co-parenting with the birth parent, and providing a trauma-informed approach.  Additional technical assistance resources, including a video presentation, Team Discussion Guide, and Take Action Guide are available to enhance learning. 

Panelists/Presenters: 

  • Russ Bermejo, Senior Program Associate, Children and Family Futures
  • Darce Byrd, Family Preservation Court Coordinator (Lafayette, LA)
  • Antoinette Davis, Family Drug Treatment Court Supervisor (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Oren Wunderman, Executive Director, Family Resource Center of South Florida, INC (Miami, FL)

Learning Objectives: 

1. Understand the important role resource parents and kinship caregivers have in supporting family recovery and reunification 

2. Highlight the essential topics and strategies for effective recruitment, training, and support of resource parents to better serve families affected by parental substance use 

3. Learn how FTCs are engaging resource parents as a valued member of the FTC team 

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