Preparing Children Already in the Home for New Foster/Adoptive Siblings

As a foster/adopt agency, it is just as important to adequately prepare children for the arrival of foster/adopt siblings as it is to prepare resource parents. In this training, a day-long training for children will be presented. The training of children is age appropriate, activity based, and prepares them for the arrival of siblings. It also creates a space for them to ask questions, dispel myths, and to get advice about how to address their peers when questions arise about new family members.

A.J. ZEHNER M.S.W.
Permanency Program Manager with KidsPeace’s adoption program
Ms. Zehner has been working with mental/behavioral health for the past 12 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Social Work. Having worked in community, residential, and inpatient settings, A.J. has gathered well-rounded experiences with children and families. Currently, she is working as a Permanency Program Manager with KidsPeace’s adoption program to provide permanency services to children and youth in foster care, and families. A.J. is also a Licensed Social Worker and works as a therapist seeing children and families in an outpatient setting. A.J. has presented at local and statewide trainings in Pennsylvania on topics including parenting challenging behaviors, trauma and effects on behaviors, community trauma, and has created and facilitated support groups on permanency topics.

This session was recorded as part of the Virtual National Adoption Conference in June 2020. You may register to take this session as a stand-alone course for $10, or as a bundle of six sessions from the conference for $50.

Once registered, you will be redirected back to this page and you can click on the course title below to get started.

A training certificate will be issued upon completion of this session.  CEU credits were only awarded to those who joined the webinar live.

Course Details

Prerecorded Conference Session
Preparing Children Already in the Home for New Foster/Adoptive Siblings
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