Foster Parent College Offers 19th Web Course: "Working with Schools"

Eugene, OR, September 26, 2007 --( Northwest Media’s Foster Parent College -- the industry leading, web-based training program for foster parents -- has added a 19thth course to its online and DVD learning products catalog: “Working With Schools.”

The course discusses problems of foster, adoptive and kinship parents frequently encounter with their school age children. In this multimedia curriculum, foster parents share their experiences dealing with school systems, and gain insight into strategies and methods helpful in developing a positive working relationship with the schools.

Bringing together all involved – parents, teachers, administrators, counselors and even therapists – “Working with Schools” breaks down critical responsibilities each contributing player has in the role of educating foster children. The parents are usually the primary advocate for the child, even more than social workers are.

“Becoming a positive, proactive advocate is perhaps the foster parent’s most important role when dealing with school systems,” said Ginger Nickel, a nationally known special education educator and co-author of the new FPC module. “Often a child’s/youth’s school success depends on your advocacy skills.”

Courses at Foster Parent College are a mix of interactive audio/visual teaching techniques combined with state-of-the-art Web animation and video for a more effective and satisfying student experience.

The NFPA performed efficacy research on the new “Working with Schools” FPC course and found it to be effective for knowledge gained and retained. Unlike many books and programs for foster and adoptive parents, all the programs at Foster Parent College are thoroughly researched and deemed effective meeting industry and governmental standards.

Hundreds of social service agencies in 18 states and territories recognize FPC course completion certificates as meeting or exceeding regulatory requirements for continuing education. This kind of training is required to maintain foster parenting home licenses.

Online courses are only $8 per subject per student. Visit for details.

Foster Parent College provides dynamic, interactive, multimedia training courses for adoptive, kinship and foster parents. FPC courses are available online as self-directed courses or scheduled instructor-led courses. Parents can purchase courses on their own, or agencies can purchase an Agency Account and offer the training to parents.

About Northwest Media, Inc., Eugene, Oregon

Northwest Media is a 21-year-old privately held publisher of traditional and digital resources for successful parenting. Founded in 1985, it has received more than 35 federal research grants in the general areas of foster and adoptive parent training and independent living. Northwest Media products include “Foster Parent College,”; “,” an online and catalog sales division with more than 2500 listed products; “,” an animated, interactive web site for young people at risk; and, “Getting Ready,” a monthly magazine serving youth in transition to independent living.

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