Education for Foster and Kinship Families

Why Families Are Forever?

Foster and Kinship Families provide a temporary family life experience for a child removed from their own home due a risk to their safety.  Foster and kinship caregivers are a critical part of the child welfare team. They provide a safe home for children while their parents learn new skills and support them in preparing to reunite.  The safety and healing environment created by foster and kinship families can impact a child throughout their lives.  Using Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), FAF empowers caregivers across the world with trauma-informed strategies and resources to become effective advocates, improve outcomes, and promote healing for children. 

While the journey can be challenging, Families are Forever is here to provide knowledge and support to make the road ahead a little easier. 

“TRUST is not based on perfection in us as parents, but on our being AVAILABLE & PRESENT when our child needs us.”

–Dr. David Cross, KPICD



Suggested Courses

Class 102

Introduction to Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

This class lays the foundation for most of the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) teachings of this entire program. TBRI® is a proven method for enriching the lives of at-risk, vulnerable children, adolescents, and their families. Much of the information that we’ll examine will be drawn from this material, which includes a 40 minute “TBRI® Overview” video.

2 Hours • $35
Enroll in Class 102

Class 104

Understanding Children’s Brain Development

The mystery of how your child becomes the small person you meet begins with their developing brain and body—how does this development affect their emotional and behavioral make up? In this course, we’ll learn from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development’s 90-minute video “Children from Hard Places and the Brain.” This video covers topics such as institutionalization and development, and challenges parents to think about what it means to come from a hard place. This TBRI®-focused teaching will start your exploration of what we hope will be a life-long desire to learn just ‘how and why’ children are who they are, and how we as parents can be an enormous part of their healing. We’ll cover how the brain develops, the impact of trauma and institutionalization and how you can help change your child’s brain development through attachment.

2.25 Hours • $35
Enroll in Class 104

Class 106

Understanding Attachment

In this class, we will look at what healthy attachment looks like and how your attachment style as a parent can ease your relationship with a child. Understanding attachment is an important part of every relationship—the 90 minute “Attachment–Why It Matters Part 1” video will give you the insights needed to start your own voyage of personal discovery, as well as give you practical TBRI® tools for purposeful connection with your child.

2 Hours • $30
Enroll in Class 106

Class 107

Developing Attachment

The more you know about how to engage your child in the ‘attachment dance,’ the more healing you’re able to bring, and the more peace there can be in your home. This course offers some tools for engaging with a child from a hard place. We’ll also learn about incorporating mindfulness about where your child has come from, where he or she is developmentally, and how to gauge your interaction for healing. This course includes the 60-minute video, “Attachment–Why It Matters Part 2.”

2.25 Hours • $35
Enroll in Class 107

Class 207

Parenting From a Secure Base

The longing to ‘belong’ is central to every heart, including your adoptive child’s. The practical, grace-filled examples of TBRI® principles—empowering, connecting, and correcting—will become the bedrock of the foundation you are building as you parent your child. The 120-minute video “Empowering, Connecting, Correcting” is included in this class.

3 Hours • $90
Enroll in Class 207

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Class 302

TBRI® for Teens: Connecting with Older Children

Bonding with a teenager or an older child who has spent time in a home, a foster home, and/or an institution unprepared to meet their needs, comes with its own set of challenges. A child that’s beginning to question their adoption can require a whole new list of best practices for parents. In this course we’ll cover the short video “Toxic Stress & the Brain” as well as the two-part series, “TBRI® for Teens.”

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 302