One of the biggest reasons placements fail is because of a mismatch between the parents’ expectations about fostering or adopting and the reality of it. This toolkit, which includes a video, facilitator guide, handouts, and resource guide looks at how these unrealistic expectations can interfere with our ability to see and parent the child we actually have. We will take a quiz to determine our child’s actual age vs their physical age. Lastly, we will look at how parents can manage their expectations and what they can do to take care of themselves.

  • What were your expectations before fostering or adopting? What were you child’s expectations?
  • How do these mismatched expectations cause conflict?
  • What is your child’s actual age?
  • What can parents do to temper their expectations, both before and after placement?


  • Managing Expectations
    $145


    One Time Purchase


    Initial Facilitator Training for online and in-person groups

  • 5-Toolkit Subscription
    $125/toolkit


    5 toolkits of your choice


    14% savings/toolkit


    Initial Facilitator Training for online and in-person groups


    Quarterly Facilitator Training


    Automated Evaluation Data from Participants

  • 10-Toolkit Subscription
    $97.50/toolkit


    10 toolkits of your choice


    33% savings/toolkit


    Initial Facilitator Training for online and in-person groups


    Quarterly Facilitator Training


    Automated Evaluation Data from Participants

This toolkit is valid for one year for use by one agency/organization for up to two groups. “Group” is defined as parents working with the same agency or members of the same parent organization. If you need to use any toolkit for more than two groups, please contact us to discuss how we can meet your needs.

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