Parenting Classes for Families in Virginia
Informative Sessions for Residents and Foster/Adoptive Families
Braley & Thompson offers a series of parenting classes that are available for our prospective foster families, as well as adoptive families and the general public. These informative sessions cover a wide variety of topics related to assisting parents with providing a structured environment, as well as social, emotional, and educational supports to ensure that each child has the best opportunity to achieve ongoing success throughout his or her life. Basic five-hour courses and advanced ten-hour courses are available. Contact office.
Parenting Strategies and Styles, Positive Reinforcement, and Support
Our parenting classes cover an extensive range of topics that apply to all youth, as well as specialized topics that are applicable to special needs youth and those who have suffered abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences.
- Parenting Strategies
- Emotional Support
- Effective Communication
- Academic Support
- Physical Care
- Positive Reinforcement
- Domestic Violence & Child Abuse
- Financial Management
- Personalized Stabilization of the Family Unit
- Behavior Management
- Sleep Problems
- Sibling Relations in the Foster Care System
- Your Role as a Foster Parent
- Parenting a Child Who Has Been Abused or Neglected
- Practical Tools to Nurture Development
- Trauma-Informed Treatment
- Legal Issues Affecting Foster Care and Permanency in Virginia
- Peer Relationships
- Family Connections
- Promotion of Well-Being and a Sense of Security
- Attachment Theory
- The Role of Foster Parents as Part of the Treatment Team
- Mentoring Birth Families
- Child Discipline V. Punishment
- Parenting a Grieving Foster Child
- Handling Challenging Behavior Issues
- How to Prepare Youth for Independent Living
Practical Parenting Coaching
Parenting coaching sessions are designed to address the functioning and dynamics of families identified to have demonstrated patterns of behavior and decision-making that have placed their children at risk. Practical parenting is taught using the Safe and Stable Family Program. Caretakers are coached to apply appropriate behavioral interventions and fiscal management through role-playing.
Parenting Skills Training for Foster Families
Braley & Thompson offers our Parenting Skills Training (PST) Course as a pre-service curriculum for prospective foster parents. PST introduces valuable, practical skills for challenging situations that may be encountered during the foster care experience. Our educators train foster parents on the relevant aspects of Attachment Theory and Trauma-Informed Treatment. The PST Model focuses on the power of family relationships on learning and shaping a child’s perspective on himself and society. We also teach parents the importance of applying care-giving based on a strength-based approach.
Braley & Thompson is committed to providing individualized training to each approved foster family to best meet the needs of the youth placed in their home. Our Foster Parent Consultant works with families to identify training needs and develops an individualized plan based on the specific needs of the foster care youth. This specialized approach assists the foster parents in understanding specific clinical, emotional, and behavioral needs by providing education, support, and guidance.