The Jason Foundation is proud to work with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to offer our programs and resources to those connected to the child welfare system in Tennessee. The first collaboration between the two entities is to provide The Jason Foundation’s suicide prevention seminar that was developed specifically for foster, adoptive, and other out-of-home caregivers. More information on the program can be found here.
In addition to the core training, we have developed supplemental videos for those who found certain subjects within the main video interesting. The following videos will explore different topics that were brought up in the Preventing Suicide Among Foster Care Youth training module. Once you have watched the supplemental videos, click on the button below to submit the form necessary to receive credit.
Hear from a Licensed Professional Counselor and two foster alums about challenges facing youth who are getting ready to age out of the foster care system. Specific challenges and how to support youth in care during this transition are discussed.
Biological Family Involvement:
There is a move to involve biological families during a child’s time in care. This video discusses the importance of involving biological families to best serve the child in care and how to engage with the biological family
About one-third of children in care are in kinship care. This video discusses challenges and stresses around kinship care and things to consider in kinship care.
This video discusses how trauma affects a child and its ramifications for children in care, most of whom have experienced significant trauma. How trauma can affect overall development, behaviors that children in care may exhibit as a result of trauma, and symptoms are addressed. The importance of screening for what types of trauma the child has been exposed to and planning treatment using this information is also discussed.
In addition to experiencing trauma themselves, children in care may have heard about, learned about, or witnessed an adult in their life experiencing trauma. This is called secondary trauma. How this might affect a child in care and the possibility of the caregiver also experiencing secondary trauma is discussed.
Technology, Social Media and Suicidal Ideation:
For youth who are thinking about suicide, technology can contribute. This video discusses the importance of monitoring online activity and talking to the child about it to keep the child safe.