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Did you miss the big Fostering Success Summit in February 2019? Many attendees said these sessions addressing trauma were extremely helpful. Others wrote in to say they wished they hadn't missed them.

We heard you and created this one day Mini-Summit as a replay of these valuable and inspiring sessions.

Gain powerful tools and resources to help create conditions for healing the trauma experienced by the children in your care.

This summit brings together foster care, adoption, and child development experts, from the US and Canada, who focus on healing trauma. 

During the last summit foster parents and caregivers said the sessions that discussed trauma were some of the most helpful. Therefore, we created this mini-summit to make these sessions more available.

We also know that it is difficult to attend workshops or travel to conferences when taking care of kids!

This event is entirely online. NO CHILDCARE NEEDED. 

If you are financially able, please sign up for a Premium Pass. Your support makes it possible to create the free summits, which provide information and tools to families who don't have the resources to access other types of workshops.

You’re Probably Wondering, How Will I benefit from Attending This Virtual Summit?

Great question, and I’m glad you asked.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll discover by joining the PARENTING CHILDREN WHO EXPERIENCED TRAUMA SUMMIT:

  • Expert knowledge of how to help children and youth in foster care reach their potential
  • Why certain well known strategies for managing behavior don't always work
  • How to create conditions to help heal developmental trauma
  • Understanding "survival behaviors"
  • Tried and true strategies for self-care and avoiding burnout 
  • Finding hope when parenting is especially challenging
  • How to get all members of your child's support team on the same page
  • How Animal Assisted Therapy may benefit the children in your care

You can make a difference...

"That is why my foster mom and I had such a great connection, I think, because for the first time in my life there was THAT person. She was hard on me...but loved me and cared for me, and also gave me space."

- Alum of Foster Care, Age 22

as an advocate for children & youth

" foster mom came in and was advocating for me like nobodies business, and my principal looks her in the eye and says, 'We don't do that here.' And my mom said, 'My kid has an IEP and it specifically says that she needs to learn these specific things. You are legally obligated to teach her those.'.. so after that whole pivotal thing, academics got easier and I was actually open to learning..."

-  Alum of Foster Care, Age 19

Featured Expert Sessions

Kristy Brosz, Bsc, BSW, MSW, RSW

July 20, Saturday @ 12:00 PM EST | 9:00 AM PST

Finding Hope in the Hard of Therapeutic Foster Parenting

Kristy offers her unique perspective as a social worker and an adoptive parent, which combines clinical experience with daily life navigating developmental trauma and adoption. If you're in need of inspiration and hope today, Kristy's talk is for you!

Leah Harris, mother, writer, Storyteller

July 20, Saturday @ 12:00 PM EST | 9:00 AM PST

Trauma is not destiny: Encouraging Post Traumatic Growth through Storytelling and Relationship

As a mental health advocate and survivor, Leah shares the powerful message that no matter what adversities children have experienced healing is possible. She explains how caregivers can accelerate healing by using a trauma informed framework to understand behavior and by helping children and youth find their voices. Best of all, Leah provides strategies you can start using today!

Why Should I Watch the 
Fostering Success Mini-Summit?

Expert Speakers 
Actionable Content

Parenting children with developmental trauma is hard. We can all use additional support and tools. We want to help you and the children in your care for thrive. The speakers have expertise in helping create the conditions needed to help heal trauma. They share practical strategies you can use with your children. You make all the difference in the world to the children and youth in your care. 

You Don’t Need To Leave Your House — No Child care or Travel Needed — Attend From Your Computer, Phone or Tablet

There’s no flight or hotel room to book saving you money, unpaid work leave, and time away from your family. You are also spared the difficulty of finding agency or state approved child-care.

World-Class Quality Content

This not your ordinary online parenting event. We take pride in delivering content that specifically meets the needs of foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers – so that you can help the children and youth in your care heal, thrive, and reach their maximum potential. 

Be prepared for parenting challenges (before they arise)

Just when we think we have parenting figured out a new challenge arrises. Each child has unique needs. Only by constantly learning, can we build the confidence to manage new parenting challenges. Your commitment to learning will be rewarded. As foster parents and caregivers you can facilitate healing and build resilience. 

Parenting Strategies Specific for Children Who Experience Trauma
by Child/Youth Development & Trauma Experts

Your next step in the journey of helping the children/youth in your care succeed could go several ways:

I'm so frustrated & feel so alone in this...

  • You could spend countless hours trying to implement outdated, and ineffective behavior and parenting strategies, which you've heard about through the grapevine. Or you could spend a lot of money to get advice from people with little training, especially regarding developmental trauma. Their techniques often result in more frustration (for you and the child!). Or worse...some frequently recommended strategies cause additional harm and trauma! 

Finally, other people who understand and offer real solutions...

  • You could sign up for the Parenting Children who Experienced Trauma Summit today and get effective tools and resources from top child/development and trauma experts.

If you’re looking for Effective Healing Centered Parenting strategies that will help you & the children in your care, then you’re in the right place.


Robin Harwick, Ph.D.

Hi, I’m Dr. Robin Harwick.

I became a foster parent almost 15 years ago. I quickly learned that I was completely unprepared to skillfully manage the challenging behaviors and special needs of the children entering my care. There was so much I didn't understand.

I wanted to do better!

Fast forward to now - I earned my doctorate in Special Education and have conducted academic research around foster care, substance use disorders, and disabilities. This year, I have focused my attention on learning more about developmental trauma and have altered my approach to working with children and families considerably.

I’ve presented in the U.S., Sweden, and Iceland on issues related to foster care and am published in the School Psychology Forum, Children and Youth Services Review, and International Social Work. Last year, I wrote a young adult novel about aging out of foster care and am currently preparing it for publication. 

Like you, I am still learning every day. And I know we can still do better supporting the children and youth in our care! You are likely here because you believe that too?

Let's work together to help children and youth impacted by foster care become their best selves!

Thank you for opening your homes and your hearts! 

© 2019 Fostering Success Summit is curated by Robin Harwick,Ph.D.