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Foster Parent Leadership Within a Team Construct

February 18, 7:00 pm,  Leadership Training – with Landy Anderson 

Recommended for:

  • FPSO Officers & Directors
  • FPA Presidents and Executive members
  • Advocates & Cluster Group leaders
  • All prospective Incoming Regional Liaison Officers (RLO)

During this session, participants will increase their understanding of their own foster parent leadership style and develop a vision of foster parent leadership (within their own homes and the child welfare team). Leadership values and competencies will be explored, focusing on the characteristics that people value the most in their leaders (Kouzes & Posner, 2012, p. 3), such as:

  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart

Emphasis will be placed on the ability to demonstrate reflective leadership as a foster parent within the context of the foster family and child welfare system.  The pros and cons of teamwork and the functional abilities of teams will be explored. Communication and conflict management styles as factors to teamwork will be explored. Engagement strategies including contributors, tools and barriers to engagement will be discussed. At the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of how to engage and motivate others, including their children and peers.

Landy Anderson Author/Educator, C.C.W., M.Ed.

Landy Anderson is a Senior Manager with over 30 years of experience in child welfare. She has worked as a child protection worker, supervisor, and senior manager in several Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario for various departments, such as Community Services, Shelter & Transition Housing, Aboriginal Head Start, Youth Services, Intake, After Hours, Family Services, Placement, Kinship Services, Customary Care, Foster Care, and Adoption. Landy is a former Treatment Foster Parent and Licensed Group Home Operator. She has supervised staff operated group homes and foster care departments for various child welfare agencies including Indigenous Children’s Aid Societies, known as Child & Family Wellbeing Agencies. Landy is a Child Care Worker and holds a Master of Education – Focusing on Urban Aboriginal Education. Additionally, Landy has taught at her local community college in the Child and Youth Care program. She has published a book entitled The Foster Parent Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Child Welfare Matrix.  Currently, Landy is studying for a Master of Social Work at Laurentian University. To learn more about Landy visit her web site http://www.fosterparentsurvival.com/ or visit her YouTube cooking channel by searching Landy Anderson & Cookie’s Kitchen!

To Register:

  •  Please register your participants by email at fpso@fosterparentssociety.org , please note in subject line Feb 18 Leadership Training.
  • You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is received. – If you are registering for a group of participants please include all of their email addresses.
  • All participants will receive an email with access details to attend the virtual training.  The details for the training will be sent by email the day prior to the training; any handouts will be sent the day of the training.

This training is open to FPSO Members – at no charge!