Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP)

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An innovative approach, the BFPP is a partnership of parents who advocate for policy and practices that benefit children and families.

Creating authentic partnerships among parents

The Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) is an innovative approach that creates authentic partnerships among parents who advocate for policy and practices that benefit children and families. The BFPP is designed to further Casey Family Program’s (CFP’s) 2020 goals focused on the safe reduction of the number of youth in foster care. Its purpose is to increase coordination between birth parents and foster parent caregivers for improved permanency outcomes.

The partnership is managed through a collaboration between the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance (Alliance), Youth Law Center Quality Parenting Initiative (YLC/QPI) and CFP.

BFPP workshops on how to build lasting relationships

Please join us to hear from representatives of the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) as they share their experiences in building and supporting meaningful partnerships and discuss how children and youth are more likely to thrive when the important adults in their lives work together and share responsibilities and decision-making. The BFPP will hold four, 90-minute virtual workshops sessions.

BFPP representatives will introduce two tools that parents and partners within the BFPP developed:

The BFPP is working to promote lasting relationships between birth parents, foster parents and kinship caregivers to support families and to help systems institute policies and practices to support these relationships. Research and experience both demonstrate the value when staff, birth parents, and foster parents work in partnership to achieve better outcomes for families and children. If you are interested in learning more about how to build lasting relationships between parents and caregivers, please register in advance for a workshop session.

Help promote the BFPP workshops

Please download a PDF flyer and an image/meme to promote the BFPP relationships building workshops on your networks.

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Register Now for a Workshop

If you are interested in learning how you can build lasting relationships, please register in advance for a BFPP workshop sessions.

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021

1:00–2:30pm ET • 12:00–1:30pm CT • 11:00am–12:30pm MT • 10:00–11:30am PT

Register for Sept. 28

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

3:00–4:30pm ET • 2:00–3:30pm CT • 1:00– 2:30pm MT • 12:00–1:30pm PT

Register for Oct. 21

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021

1:00–2:30pm ET • 12:00–1:30pm CT • 11:00am–12:30pm MT • 10:00–11:30am PT

Register for Nov. 18

Monday, Dec. 13, 2021

3:00–4:30pm ET • 2:00–3:30pm CT • 1:00– 2:30pm MT • 12:00–1:30pm PT

Register for Dec. 13

Resources

New Tools to Build Birth and Foster Parent Relationships

Introducing two new resource tools – Birth and Foster Parent Partnership: A Relationship Building Guide and the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership: A State and Local Leader’s Guide to Building a Strong Policy and Practice Foundation – created by parents and partners within the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP). The Executive Summary offers a quick overview of the two guides which provide valuable supports to help birth and foster parents, including kin, build strong relationships and help systems institute policies and practices to support these relationships. In addition, we created a one-page “user’s guide” for how child welfare agency leaders and staff may consider introducing and using the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership: A Relationship Building Guide.

These publications were created with parents, in collaboration with the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance, Youth Law Center’s Quality Parenting Initiative and Casey Family Programs. Together, we’ve been working to highlight and develop purposeful strategies for implementation by leaders and decision makers at local, state and federal levels. We collectively believe that children and youth will thrive when the important adults in their lives build relationships and agencies prioritize these relationships through culture, practice and policy. We believe that partnerships between birth parents and foster/resource parents should be instituted as best practices in every jurisdiction across the country.

Events

Sept. 15, 2020 Webinar

Building Birth and Foster Parent Relationships to Promote Reunification: A Panel Discussion

During this moderated panel discussion, representatives of the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) and Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau, talked about Building Birth and Foster Parent Relationships to Promote Reunification. The BFPP’s resources – A Relationship Building Guide and A State and Local Leader’s Guide to Building a Strong Policy and Practice Foundation – were highlighted. BFPP birth and foster/resource parents discussed using these new tools to help birth and foster parents build strong relationships and to help systems institute policies and practices to support these relationships. Dr. Milner discussed the Children’s Bureau’s support for birth and foster parent relationships at the policy level.

The guides and their supporting tools – Executive Summary and Users Guide – are available to download in the Resources section above.