(Sioux Center) WISE Up: A Training for Adoptive Families

(Sioux Center) WISE Up: A Training for Adoptive Families

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Date(s) - Monday, August 19, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Seasons Center


This is a program for adoptive parents and school-aged children to learn how to answer questions about their adoption story. Your story is unique, personal, and YOURS to share (or not).

When it comes to handling questions and comments about adoption and foster care, kids need to be empowered to decide how they want to respond. W.I.S.E. Up! helps children and teens choose what they want to share about their story, if anything. The program teaches an important tool that children can use as soon as others begin to notice differences about their family. For children in transracial or transcultural families, these intrusive questions can begin as early as age three: “Why don’t you look like your mom?” For others, the questions come later: “Why were you adopted?” and “Where are your real parents?” When the questions begin, W.I.S.E. Up! helps with the answers.

This training session will include hands-on activities for the children’s group. Training sessions will include a lecture, education, and participant discussion for the parent group.

– To raise awareness of the unique issues that adoptive and foster families face
– To equip foster and adoptive families to handle these situations.

Upon completion of this summit, participants will be able to:
– Discuss the impact of societal views of adoption and foster care and how to use curriculum to feel empowered
– Describe what W.I.S.E. UP! stands for and apply it to answering questions they encounter about their families

This training has been approved for 2 hours of foster parent training credit.

Instructor: Nikki Van Ginkel, LISW, and Maggie Greving, LMSW at Seasons Center

Please print and fill out this certificate and bring it to the training. Have your caseworker and training facilitator sign the form to ensure you receive the CEUs available. Always notify your caseworker or recruiter of your intention to attend any of the training or support group events on this calendar. Acceptable proof would also include the signature of the trainer on either training materials or notes that includes the title and date of the training. To register for this free event, click here.

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