Foster Parent College: Culturally Competent Parenting

An increasing number of foster parents find themselves caring for children from minority groups and facing challenges regular foster parent training did not address. The loss of one’s culture and identity can have far-reaching consequences for today’s youth. Tanya M. Coakley, PhD., Professor of Social Work and specialist in transcultural foster, kinship, and adoptive care, provides parents insight into and strategies for dealing with cultural differences in the family.
Learn how to help children maintain a healthy cultural identity, build their confidence and self-esteem, and deal with prejudice and racism. Gain understanding of how a child’s life experiences and the status of his culture influence the way he views and experiences the world.
This course examines the child’s need for cultural awareness, sensitivity, and identification. Also covered are racial profiling, facing prejudice, and parental advocacy strategies.