Kinship Virtual Webinar Resource- “Parenting Series: Working with Biological Parents and Answering the Hard Questions” LIVE Webinar Recording
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Parenting Series: Working with Biological Parents and Answering the Hard Questions LIVE Webinar was presented on 3/14/2023 and provides helpful insight on ways in which kinship caregivers can collaborate with their kinship child’s birth parents and ways in which kinship caregivers can approach and answer sensitive questions their kinship child may have as a result of these visits.
Kinship care is tough-in a lot of ways, but what makes kinship care especially challenging is caring for your relative or fictive kin child while also trying to maintain a positive relationship with the child’s biological parent. What makes this challenging is trying to be a parent to a child while navigating this new relationship with your own family member or friend. Oftentimes, this complex relationship often comes with lots of questions-yours and the child’s, especially as it pertains to visitation for the child and their parents.
In this webinar, we discussed ways to help kinship families navigate visitation with birth parents and the questions/issues that can arise from these visitations in the most therapeutic way possible. Some of these hard questions your kinship child may have can include whether they have to attend the visits, what is going to happen during the visit, and when they will go back home. Caregivers themselves must learn how to handle difficult visitation situations, such as if the birth parent does not attend the visit, makes promises to the child during the visit, or if your kinship child displays negative behavior or poses a difficult question following the visit.
Angie Maldonado is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, who is the proprietor of Hope in Healing Counseling Services in Lexington, KY. Prior to offering therapeutic services, Angie worked for the Department for Community Based Services as a Social Service Clinician providing reunification services for families and children in foster care and supporting relative placements. Angie saw the importance of nurturing children placed out of their home and became a foster parent herself for several years, after she left the Cabinet.
For the past eight years, Angie has worked with families and children in custody/divorce proceedings, conducting timesharing and custody evaluations, specializing in domestic violence cases, where she provides the Court recommendations with a child’s best interest at the forefront. Through these experiences, Angie witnessed the mental health effects of trauma on children and saw the importance of providing therapeutic services in a way that supports the short- and long-term well-being of children and seeks to provide that through her practice. She specializes in high-conflict family dynamics, including parent-child contact issues. In addition to her work with children and families through therapy, Angie is also court appointed to provide therapeutic visitation services and parenting coordination services.
Disclaimer: The information presented in this webinar and PowerPoint is current as of March 14, 2023. Please be aware that information can change as needed, directed, or required by law or governing institutions.