(Red Oak) Understanding and Developing the Independence and Self Reliance of Children

(Red Oak) Understanding and Developing the Independence and Self Reliance of Children

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Date(s) - Saturday, September 4, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Presbyterian Church


Children come into foster care primarily due to the abuse and/or neglect of their biological families, problems that are often fueled by addiction and mental health problems. Their children not only must deal with any biological tendencies, or an inherited disposition toward mental illness and addiction, but also with the psychological outcomes of having been abused, neglected, and separated from their families. Further, the fall-out from these problems is likely to be more severe during late adolescence, precisely the time when foster parents are attempting to help their children leave the nest and fly solo.

This course is geared to help find the right balance between teaching independence and keeping our fragile kids safe. This includes a checklist of independent skills that will benefit both the parent and youth.


  • The tasks of late adolescence and early childhood
  • Eight stages of life
  • Co-dependence
  • Community resources for young adults
  • Discipline for the older teen and young adults
  • Investigate the issues and seek input and creative answers
  • Choices, options, and criteria
  • Personality and psychological testing
  • Transition legislation for foster and some adopted older teens
  • Practical skills needed by young adults before emancipation
  • Checklist of transitional skills for independence
  • Open letter to emancipating you on independence skills
  • Transition gone awry, leaving too soon
  • Runaways
  • Before and after your child moves out 
  • Resources

When you arrive at this training, please enter using the 6th Street door to the building. 

Instructor: Hector Villareal

This training has been approved for 3 hours of foster parent training credit. 


Bookings are closed for this event.

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