FOSTER PARENTS AND BIRTH PARENTS WORKING TOGETHER
Foster parents should not be judgmental towards birth parents of the children in foster care. Nor should the birth parents be resentful of the foster parents who are taking care of the children while birth parents are attempting to work their court ordered action plan for re-unification.
At the Sierra Association of Foster Families we invite both foster and birth parents (when approved by the social service agency) to jointly participate in all of our events, programs, celebrations, and activities.
Our educational training programs include DVD’S on PARENTAL METHAMPHETAIMES: THE EFFECTS ON CHILDREN IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM, and FROM INSTITUTION TO FAMILY: FOSTERING AND ADOPTING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, Plus Focus Groups on VALUE CONFLICTS, OVERCOMING STIGMAS, THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE, THE IMPORTANCE OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE.
Activities and events include a series of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Channukah, Easter parties and celebrations, providing Christmas gifts to birth parents to present to their children during the holiday visitation sessions, back-to-school activities and distribution of supplies, continuous distribution of books for increasing literacy competency, free computers and software to children/teens returning to their birth parents homes.
These and other activities throughout the year are made possible by generous funding from the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, Unity Center, National Charity League, Jewish Women’s League, and many other organizations, businesses, individuals, and families.