At JFO we believe that, when it comes to caring for children in need, knowledge is power. Every child we serve has their own set of struggles and challenges to overcome. We offer a variety of trainings to equip you to understand and care for people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
JFO believes it is imperative for everyone at the table of child welfare– from foster and adoptive parents to agency workers— to be FASD informed and equipped. We offer multiple FASD trainings and resources to equip both parents and professionals.
Studies have shown that poverty affects children and families involved with child welfare at a disproportionate rate. We at JFO believe that, in order to care for vulnerable families with empathy and compassion, we must first seek to understand the struggles they face. JFO offers a variety of trainings designed to inform and educate you about poverty and its impact. Click here to learn more.
We at JFO understand the challenges that trauma presents for fostered and adopted children as well as their caregivers. This is why we offer trauma training and resources for parents and caregivers that provide the tools to nurture and support the children in their care.
Meet Our Trainers:
Sandra is a mother of eight children, five through adoption—one kinship and four international. Her youngest two are teens diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Sandra is a certified facilitator of the FASCETS Neuro-Behavioral Model and leads the Hope for the FASD Journey Community—a support group for parents and caregivers of individuals with an FASD. She also hosts the weekly Adoption & Foster Care Journey podcast.
Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a Masters in Theology. She has worked internationally on Health Literacy projects and holds certifications in Bridges Out of Poverty (Lifetime Trainer), COPE (facilitator), Soul Shop Suicide Prevention (Church Leader and Youth Facilitator),
Trauma Informed Care (Presenter).
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Trainings We Offer
This is a list of the trainings that JFO offers. We are currently in the process being able to offer CEU credits for social workers as well. If you'd like to host a training, please reach out to Sandra Flach to discuss the details, schedule and cost. For trainings that are currently being offered please visit our Events page,.
Hope For the FASD Journey
Hope Journey Workshop
Hope for the FASD Journey is a support community for parents and caregivers of children with FASD. Parenting children prenatally exposed to alcohol can be a very lonely and isolating road. The symptoms and struggles are only understood by those of us on the journey. That’s why JFO offers parents and caregivers membership into the faith-based Hope On the FASD Journey Community.
This introductory presentation covers the impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol on the brain, symptoms of FASD, and accommodations and strengths-based strategies. This 90 minute training is offered online and in-person and is perfect for parents, caregivers, and professionals.
COPE is a 2.5-hour immersive experience designed to give you a glimpse into the lives of families in our community that face poverty every day. This training is designed to cultivate empathy and to equip church response teams, foster and adoptive parents, businesses, and community members to work more effectively with low-income families.
Poverty training gives instruction on key aspects of poverty including defining five types of poverty, comparison of values among classes, mental models and the limitations of structured language. The training course also helps to create a network of resources in a community for individuals in need.
Cultivating Connection Course
This course offers trauma training for parents. Cultivate Connection (formerly Empowered to Connect Parent Training) courses rooted in the Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) model created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleagues at Texas Christian University. This 10 week course for parents and caregivers meets weekly for 2 hours in person or online.
The Implications of Trauma for Individuals and Communities including PTSD. This workshop helps to recognize trauma as both an individual and community issue and how they intertwine. As well as discusses ways to provide alternative care to those with PTSD in the midst of community trauma.