Our orientation presents an overview of the foster care to adoption process. Also covered are the comprehensive services provided by Sierra, the foster children in need of families, and the steps to becoming a forever family.
Sierra offers a variety of monthly support groups as one of our beneficial services. The groups give parents the forum to share ideas and resources with other pre- and post-adoptive families. Groups also explore parenting issues and deepen the understanding of the dynamics of foster, kin and adoption experiences while also earning resource family education credits.
Adoption Module is a six-hour parent education training covering adoption specific issues, legal and financial information, and parenting children who have experienced trauma and loss. This interactive course also discusses the challenges that may be faced by adoptive families, develops a support network between participants, and shares community resources.
Note: This course is required for all parents prior to an adoption finalization and is taken after children are placed in the home.
Resource Family Pre-Approval training (formerly PRIDE) is a 10-hour interactive training course developed to educate resource and adoptive families about the child welfare system and trauma-informed parenting of children. Prospective foster/adoptive families learn about working as a team, attachment, grief and loss, trauma-informed parenting and creating a healing home and community.
Helpful Website Resources:
Foster Care and Adoptive Parents Community
Foster Parent College
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Post Adoption Link
North American Council on Adoptable Children
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Supporting Maltreated Children: Countering the Effects of Neglect and Abuse – Written by Bruce Perry M.D., Ph.D
How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime – A TEDtalk by Nadine Burke Harris
Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families – Written by NCTSN
Adoption and Foster Care Lifebooks
Adoption – Race versus Culture – A video by Dr. Joseph Crumble
For more information and to RSVP (as space is limited) for a training session please see the schedule with the contact information below.
Our offices will be CLOSED in observance of holidays on:
Sacramento – Must RSVP for attendance as space is limited – (916) 368-5114
Orientation: Second Monday of each month. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adoptive Family Support Group (RSVP for childcare): Fourth Tuesday of each month. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adoption Module (space is limited, call to RSVP): 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Resource Family Pre-Approval Training (Formerly PRIDE) – Space is limited, please call to RSVP: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Auburn – Must RSVP for attendance – (530) 887-9982
Orientation: Third Thursday of each month. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adoption Module (Space is limited, please RSVP): 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Foster/Adoptive Parent Support Group: Fourth Thursday of each month. 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Resource Family Pre-Approval Training. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm:
The RFA classes in Placer County will meet at the Placer County office:
1000 Sunset, Suite 140, Rocklin, Ca.
Classes repeat TUESDAY NIGHTS every four weeks. New participants are welcome to join a series anytime but must RSVP. No need to wait for Module One to get started. All four modules are required.
*PLEASE NOTE: No RFA training class on December 25, 2018
Special Training –
Nurtured Heart Approach®
This 3-hour training will help parents increase connection to their children while decreasing family stress by creating attachment and managing behaviors. Parents will get to experience the joy of being a highly effective agent of change in the lives of their children.
Presented by: Anna Morgado, LMFT
Nurtured Heart Approach® Certified Trainer
Where: Sierra Forever Families
275 Nevada Street, Auburn CA 95603
Sunday, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
March 3, 2019
For more information on Nurtured Heart Approach®, visit their website: www.Childrenssuccessfoundation.com
To register contact:
Please, RSVP – childcare is provided and space is limited!
(A light meal will be provided)
Grass Valley – Must RSVP for attendance – (530) 478-0900
Orientation: First Wednesday of each month. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adoptive Parent Support Group: First Friday of each month. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Adoptive Parent Support Group: Third Monday of each month. 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm