More and more foster care agencies are shifting to a co-parenting model, but for many foster parents, co-parenting seems counterintuitive, or even wrong. This toolkit looks at what co-parenting (or shared parenting) is and why is can be a beneficial tool for helping families heal and be reunited. We also provide some concrete tips on how to establish a healthy co-parenting relationship with your foster child’s birth parents.

  • What is co-parenting and how is it different from traditional foster parenting?
  • What are some of the advantages to co-parenting for the child, the birth parents and the resource family?
  • What are some of the common concerns birth parents and foster parents have about co-parenting?
  • What are some of the tricky situations in shared parenting and how can you deal with them? 


This Creating a Family Adoptive/Foster/Kinship Family Support Group Toolkit includes access to the Video, Facilitator Guide, Handouts, and Resource Guide.

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Foster/Adoptive Parent Support Group

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