Whether it is called co-parenting, shared parenting, partnership parenting, foster parents are expected to partner with the birth parents of their foster child to facilitate reunification when possible. In this course, we discuss ways to develop a healthy relationship. Our instructors are Carrie Sgarlata, an educator, mom, foster mom, and foster parent trainer and recruiter; and Andrea Leaman, a social worker with the Foster Care Licensing and Placement Program with Children’s Wisconsin Community Services and trainer in partnership parenting.

This course covers the following learning objectives:

  • List 3 reason why shared parenting is best for children.
  • Explain common emotions that birth parents feel when they first meet the foster parent of their child.
  • List 5 ideas for how to develop a healthy relationship with your foster child's parent.
  • Explain the importance of establishing healthy boundaries.


Outline for Partnering with Birth Parents in Foster Care.pdf

*Your course will remain active for 180 days from purchase date.

**This course has been discounted by a scholarship fund to reduce the cost of foster parent training.