MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Department of Job & Family Services will be hosting pre-service training for anyone interested in becoming a licensed foster care home through the county. Foster parents are needed in Knox County for children in care, to keep them in their communities and schools.

There are 12 different workshops being offered locally for the pre-service training, including: Orientation to Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care, April 22, 9 a.m. to noon; The Child Protection Team, April 22, 1-4 p.m.; Childhood Development, April 25, 6-9 p.m.; Childhood Trauma and Its Effects, April 27, 6-9 p.m.; Child Sexual Abuse, April 29, 9 a.m. to noon; Minimizing the Trauma of Placement, April 29, 1-4 p.m.; Transcending Differences in Placement, May 2, 6-9 p.m.; Helping the Child Manage Emotions and Behaviors, May 4, 6-9 p.m.; Understanding Primary Families, May 6, 9 a.m. to noon; The Effects of Caregiving on the Caregiver Family, May 6, 1-4 p.m.; Long-term Separation, May 9, 6-9 p.m.; and Post Adoption Issues for Families, May 11, 6-9 p.m.

There is no charge for the workshops, which will be held in the KCDJFS third floor conference rooms at the Knox County Service Center, 117 E. High St., Mount Vernon. Attendees are asked to use the building entrance off Chestnut Street. Reservations to attend any of the training workshops is requested by Monday, April 17, by calling 740-399-3054.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent is asked to call 740-399-3054 for more information and to begin the process of being a part of a child’s journey.



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