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It's an honor to partner with top speakers and trainers to provide these free workshops those meeting the needs of kids from hard places. Resource parents will receive certificates for 1 hour of parent training if they attend the course live. For anyone not able to attend, we are still happy to provide these workshops as a resource for you. A video recording of the session along with any notes will be sent out the morning after each course.

Spring 2021

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The journey of foster care and adoption is often surrounded by grief. To love deeply and release is the design of foster care, but also a great challenge as nearly half of families quit in the first year. This workshop helps caregivers identify loss, define different types of grief, and take steps to promote healing by holding onto hope.

Date/Time:  Monday, April 12  |  8-9pm PST



Heidi White | The Alliance


Heidi is the Educator and Church Relations Director here at The Alliance. She holds a degree in Sociology and worked for 4 years in the foster care system as an adoptions clerk and later as a group home staff member. Heidi is a certified Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and a Court Appointed Special Advocate. She is passionate about equipping families and churches to bring hope and healing to the kids in their care. 


Tanya Flores | Sierra Pregnancy + Health


Tanya is the Reproductive Grief Coordinator at Sierra Pregnancy + Health, a non-profit medical clinic in Roseville. For over 13 years Tanya has provided care and support for those experiencing loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, hysterectomy, infertility and abortion.  Believing all can be an invitation to heal, Tanya became a Certified Instructor for Life Perspectives, equipping individuals nationwide through training and resources so that men and women no longer have to suffer in silence with reproductive loss.


The Emotional intelligence, or emotional quotient (EQ), is the ability to recognize emotions in yourself and others, to label these feelings appropriately, and use this information to guide thinking and behavior. Kids and teens with a higher EQ are better able to self-regulate, handle complex social situations, and build meaningful relationships. In this workshop, Dr. Amita Shah will share “secret” strategies from Brain-Based EQ, her very own innovative, hands-on program that motivates kids to develop EQ through fun activities and experiments.

Date/Time:  Monday, April 19  |  8-9pm PST



Dr. Amita Shah |Social Edge


Dr. Shah is passionate about the social, emotional, and cultural well-being of children. She is the founder and director of Social Edge and has developed products to increase the emotional intelligence of kids and teens.  Currently, Dr. Shah is a Professor at San Jose State University in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development and has been teaching there since 2011. She received her Doctorate (Ed.D.) from Teachers College, Columbia University in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and her Masters from Pepperdine University. She also has professional experiences as a teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and as a curriculum designer and consultant for various educational publishing firms.

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Kids that have had Adverse Childhood Experiences early in life often have unintegrated primitive reflexes that cause behavioral, emotional, and academic challenges. The great news is primitive reflexes can be integrated at any age significantly improving function. Join us to find out what primitive reflexes are, why they’re fundamental to brain and nervous system development, and how you can help your child integrate them through an enjoyable home-based movements and activities. We’ll even go through 3 of these neurodevelopmental movements together so you can begin to use them right away.

Date/Time:  Monday, April 26  |  8-9pm PST


Teri Gelgood, LMFT |Neuro Parenting Solutions


Teri is a licensed marriage & family therapist that has worked with foster and adopted children and their families for over 25 years in various capacities and settings.  Teri specializes in the area of complex trauma and neurodevelopmental disorders and is a clinician, trainer, and consultant.