***full, but taking referrals for 2nd Sandy group that will start in April. M or TH depending on interest***
KEEP is a FREE support group for certified foster and kinship parents. It’s designed to enhance skills while supporting each family on their individual journey. It’s 16 weeks; we meet once a week, and groups are 90 minutes.
KEEP was developed by Oregon Social Learning Center. The curriculum is evidence based with a trauma informed lens. Our facilitators bring in weekly lessons focusing on things like looking at challenging behaviors, introducing new skills, balancing encouragers and setting limits, promoting peer and school success, and managing stress.
Although psychoeducation is a big component, KEEP strives to provide very warm and non-judgmental space where local foster and kinship parents can have frank conversations, share personal experiences, exchange resources, and find ways to stay connected beyond 16 weeks that we are directly involved with them.
Our groups are small and intimate. A typical group is between 5-7 families with two facilitators. Traditionally, they are in the evenings with number of benefits included for families. KEEP provides childcare, we bring in light meals/snacks, as additional incentive we have $20 gift cards that each family receives at every session, and upon completion each participant can get up to 24 training credits.
Groups are offered year around on 16 week cycle. To learn more information, please fill out our self-interest form at https://www.keepfostering.org/