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The Professional Master Parent. Facilitator Rosa Johnson, MA Compliance and Recruitment Manager Certified Treatment Foster Parent Facilitator. VISION. To develop all HOPE, Inc. foster parents into Professional Master Parents.
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The Professional Master Parent Facilitator Rosa Johnson, MA Compliance and Recruitment Manager Certified Treatment Foster Parent Facilitator
VISION • To develop all HOPE, Inc. foster parents into Professional Master Parents. • To empower parents to be the change agent in the lives of children and adolescents. • Improved placement stability and permanency.
WHAT? • The Professional Master Parent Model is HOPE, Inc.’s response to the challenge of achieving placement stability and permanency for children in care. • Incorporates increased specialized education on medication, DSM IV diagnosis, sexualized behavior, and working with biological families. • Emphasizes continual development of foster parents. • Develops the “TREATMENT” in Therapeutic Foster Care Parents. • Establishes measureable outcomes.
WHY? • Focus on improving outcomes for children in treatment foster care. • Provide stability and permanency for children with challenging behaviors. • Recognition that those who work to serve the needs of children who have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse take on extremely complex and challenging responsibilities – • Parents must know their job responsibilities and then do them well.
WHO? • All HOPE, Inc. licensed foster parents are required to participate in their development as a Professional Master Parents. • New prospective foster parents entering HOPE begin the process during pre-service. • HOPE, Inc. Clinical Team Staff are required to complete the educational component.
A MASTER PARENT ….. • Has realistic views about their ability to parent children with special needs. • Is able to establish clear, concise, age appropriate expectations for children in their home. • Provides consistency in skills teaching and discipline techniques. • Never, Never, Never, Ever thinks about using corporal punishment. • Effectively engages biological and adoptive families.
A MASTER PARENT…. • Models professionalism and respect • Shares successes with child, workers and peers. • Requests additional education on challenging issues. • Does not take child’s behavior personally. • Provides leadership to peers. • Is able to “therapeutically” communicate. • Practices confidentiality….
A Master Parent … • Advocates for children by making sure they receive needed medical, dental, therapy, medication management, recreation, and educational needs as they are required or needed. • Is prepared to deal with challenging issues and behaviors. • Attends all monthly continuing education sessions, FAPT meetings, court, and treatment team meetings. • Participates in Re-Education on parenting topics that challenges their parenting style.