Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP)

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A partnership of parents advocating 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.

Fathers share perspectives at May 23 BFPP relationships building workshop

Help promote the May 23 BFPP workshop

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The Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) will hold three more relationships building workshops this year. The workshops are 90-minutes long, and feature lived experiences by BPFF parents and caregivers. Mark your calendar for the following workshops:

May 23, Monday from 3:00–4:30pm ET
Fathers’ Perspectives on Building Birth and Foster Parent Partnerships that Last

 Please join us to hear from fathers involved in the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) as they share their experiences in building and supporting meaningful partnerships and discuss how children/youth are more likely to thrive when the important adults in their lives work together and share responsibilities and decision-making. BFPP fathers will share their perspectives on how to use two tools developed by parents and partners within the BFPP. The tools include:

The BFPP fathers will talk about strategies 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.

Register for May 23 Workshop

July 21, Thursday from 1:00–2:30pm ET
Parents and Caregivers Work Together to Navigate Multiple Systems, Services and Resources

Parents, caregivers and their support teams can learn new methods to work together as they prepare for successful reunification. This workshop will highlight strategies that the birth and foster parents can use to “Keep the Relationship Strong While Working with the System and Planning for Reunification” (Chart #3) in the BFPP’s A Relationship Building Guide. These strategies provide birth and foster parents with the opportunity to learn and practice working side-by-side with each other to help navigate the system  and create better outcomes for families.

Register for July 21 Workshop

November 7, Monday from 3:00–4:30pm ET
Create Lasting, Long-term Relationships for Children and Families!

Discover the steps that lead to important and lasting relationships that benefit children and families after they leave the child welfare system. You will learn about new strategies in Chart #4 – “Keeping the Relationship Strong after the Family Leaves the Child Welfare System” – in the BFPP A Relationship Building Guide. BFPP parents and caregivers will share their creative and fulfilling experiences that help children remain safely in relationships with everyone they love.

Register for Nov. 7 Workshop

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. 14 and 15, 2021 Virtual Convening

Transformation: Celebrating Partnerships

During this two-day virtual convening, representatives of the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) discussed transforming practices to improve relationships and build strong connections. The convening started with Aysha E. Schomburg, Esq., Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau, ACYF, ACF, HHS, talking about why it is important to reshape foster care as a support to families.

Also, on Sept. 14–Day 1, a panel of birth and foster parents from Florida and Minnesota shared highlights of new state legislation mandating partnerships. The next presentation highlighted an innovative public/private statewide birth parent and resource parent initiative with the Oregon Child Welfare system. Day 1 ended with members of a BFPP National Workgroup sharing their perspectives and experience with the BFPP tools – A Relationship Building Guide and A State and Local Leader’s Guide to Building a Strong Policy and Practice Foundation.

Sept. 15–Day 2 of the virtual convening began with an interactive session with Vanessa Dorantes, Commissioner of Connecticut Department of Children and Families who has committed to supporting birth and foster parent partnerships. Next up was a presentation about the Washington State Building Family Partnerships Initiative. Day 2 ended with a discussion of communication tools and messaging strategies to help normalize parent partnerships and encourage a supportive environment to help families thrive through these powerful relationships.

Download Convening Materials

The following handouts and tools were distributed during the BFPP virtual conventing and are available to download:

Day 1–09/14/21 BFPP Virtual Convening Recording (3 hours)

Day 2–09/15/21 BFPP Virtual Convening Recording (2:43 hours)

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.