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Aldea Training Institute

Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth 11 & Under in Social Systems

2-day training, 8 CE units

This training will educate providers about diagnostic criteria, gender identity frameworks, social transition strategies, and outcomes for youth who express a desire to transition their gender under 11 years of age. Participants will explore how to support children, caregivers, and other providers with gender questioning and gender creative children, while engaging ethical and diagnostic concerns. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn terms related to transgender and gender expansive youth, including terms to avoid.
  • Practice using gender-neutral pronouns and roleplaying what to do when someone is misgendered.
  • Distinguish between transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender creative children and Become familiar with three dimensions of gender
  • Review laws protecting transgender and gender expansive children in the foster care system in CA.
  • Discuss community and clinical resources for caregivers of gender questioning children.

Facilitators: Kelsey Pacha

Online via Zoom

Adoption 101

In the Adoption 101 training, participants will learn what you can expect when you have a child already in your home, and you want to provide this child a forever home.  What happens after you are identified as an adoptive placement for your foster child or children by the treatment team?  Hana Verano will take participants step-by-step through the process of adoption; the meetings you need to attend, the paperwork you need to sign, and the documents you need to help provide.  Ms. Verano will show where the steps are on an average timeline and explain why certain steps seem to take longer than others.  Resources to help you prepare your foster child for adoption will be made available.

Online via Zoom

Resource Parent Orientation

This training provides an overview of the Resource Family Approval application process including: an introduction to Aldea, its history, the various Treatment Foster Care programs, as well as support services provided to all Resource Families. We will define what a Resource Parent is and go over the responsibilities that come with the role, as well as the five competency categories guiding a Resource Parent.  We will explain the process of becoming an approved Resource Parent: the required documentation, pre-service trainings, submission of background checks via Live Scan, how to prepare your home for RFA approval, and review the purpose of the psychosocial assessment (home study interviews and report).

Online via Zoom

Resource Parent Orientation

This training provides an overview of the Resource Family Approval application process including: an introduction to Aldea, its history, the various Treatment Foster Care programs, as well as support services provided to all Resource Families. We will define what a Resource Parent is and go over the responsibilities that come with the role, as well as the five competency categories guiding a Resource Parent.  We will explain the process of becoming an approved Resource Parent: the required documentation, pre-service trainings, submission of background checks via Live Scan, how to prepare your home for RFA approval, and review the purpose of the psychosocial assessment (home study interviews and report).

Online via Zoom