Description:

It's fairly typical for pre-teens and adolescence to try on different identities as they approach adulthood. With the ease of accessibility of the internet and the widely available, ever-expanding LGBTQ+ vocabulary, a disconnect has appeared between youth exploring their identities and parents trying to keep up. How can parents be loving and accepting while we ourselves are learning and growing? How do we address our discomfort and fears while empowering our kids? How can we protect kids from discrimination and bullying without erasing their identities? There are no easy answers, but this training will address these questions and more!

Instructor(s)

Director of Training

Joe Yearns

Joe Yearns is the Director of Training at FosterAdopt Connect. As a child of generational abuse, Joe knew two things. First, he wanted and loved kids. Second, he realized, that kids need to be parented differently than he was. After ten years in the finance industry, building training and quality assurance measures for corporations, he and his husband, Clayton, fostered and eventually adopted four children. Clayton and Joe were one of the first same-sex couples in Jackson County, Missouri, to have a single adoption from foster care. In addition to raising their youngest boys, Joe is actively involved in foster care advocacy and working with their local school district to ensure the voices of children impacted by foster care are being heard. Currently, Joe and his family reside in Raymore, MO, where they actively contribute to the development of their community.

Family Training Specialist

Taryn Meek

Taryn is a Family Training Specialist at FosterAdopt Connect. She has a training, and education background. She has over 5 years of experience within the foster care community. Her and her husband are currently licensed foster parents, and are adoptive parents.

Course curriculum

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    • Zoom Link

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    • Navigating LGBTQ+ Identities with Teens - Survey