Real-Life Stories: Videos
The Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families Video Series, developed by the Children's Bureau's Capacity Building Center for States, demonstrates the importance of agency capacity and community and caregiver networks to strengthen families and achieve positive outcomes for children. In these videos, caregivers discuss their role in strengthening families through foster care practices and processes, including family reunification, adoption, therapeutic services, respite care, and collaboration with birth families and kin.
Highlights the importance of recognizing the foster family as an extension of a child’s biological family and the role of effective communication between caregivers and biological family members. This video shares the experience of one caregiver who found that successful collaboration with biological family members, along with agency assistance to promote family engagement, proved effective for family reunification.
Highlights motivating factors for caregivers serving children with therapeutic needs, including the value of caregiver support networks, continuous training, and a commitment to strengthen families within the caregiver’s community. This video shares a foster mother’s experiences collaborating with biological families toward positive outcomes for the children in her care.
Demonstrates the role of agency support through the difficult decisions that caregivers need to make when moving from foster parenting to adoption, including caregiver age. This video highlights the perspective of a parent throughout her transition from temporary foster parent to adoptive parent.
Highlights some of the factors that motivate caregivers to work through challenges and to provide permanency to children in foster care. In this video, a foster parent discusses lessons learned from fostering over 50 children in her home.
Addresses the importance of agency resources, such as caregiver support groups and specialized training, to equip caregivers to work successfully with children and youth who have severe therapeutic needs. This video highlights a therapeutic foster parent's belief that effective advocacy relies on agency resources and training as well as community support.
Exhibits the effect of committed caregivers throughout the process of foster parenting to adoption and demonstrates the power of strong families in promoting positive outcomes and permanency for children. In this video, an adoptive parent shares her reflections on her relationship with her daughter on the day of her adoption.
Emphasizes the need for agency assistance and openness toward creative therapeutic services such as music lessons and highlights the need for a strong caregiver support group. This video shares one caregiver’s positive experience working with older youth with special needs in therapeutic foster care.
Demonstrates the power of positive caregiver perspective alongside child welfare agency encouragement and support. In this video, caregivers share the concerns they had about becoming foster parents and discuss the resources that helped them become committed and effective foster parents.
Demonstrates key aspects of agency support to caregivers, including the importance of quality personal contact, training, and resources to empower caregivers through the process of moving from foster parenting to adoption. This video highlights an adoptive mother’s decision to adopt the foster child in her care.
Highlights the beneficial role of agency support and encouragement to caregivers in ensuring effective foster parenting and successful reunification measures. In this video, a foster parent discusses the importance of communication and trust between caregivers and biological family members, along with agency training and resources, for successful reunification.
Demonstrates the benefits of close working relationships between foster parents and biological parents. In this video, a mother discusses the challenges of having children in the child welfare system and the ways in which foster parents can facilitate reunification.
Discusses the unique role that foster parents have by working with birth parents and children in foster care toward reunification. This video shares a foster parent's experiences building a positive environment for visitations and developing a close relationship with the mother of the children in her care.
Discusses the importance of positive adult relationships in the lives of children in the child welfare system. This video shares the dual perspectives of Christian, who transitioned between several homes while in foster care, and Denise, Christian’s aunt who played an active role in mentoring Christian throughout high school.