‘The Most Helpful Training We Have Received’ in 6 Years of Fostering – Open Line Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

February 29, 2016

The KEEP training has been a very eye-opening experience. As we went in to this class, we thought like most training courses we would sit and listen week in and week out, about how to be a more successful foster parent.

Little did we know, the KEEP training turned out to be by far the most helpful training we have received in our six years of being foster parents.

This training is a very open, non-judgmental, hands-on environment, where the most diverse of foster parents can relate to other foster parents and gain important and useful parenting skills. These skills not only benefit the foster children but also everyone in the home. We look forward to our “Tuesday Getaway” to vent about foster parent frustrations and educate ourselves in how to relieve our often highly stressful parenting situations.

During these classes our instructors Amie Russell and Tiffany Hickey have been so supportive and taught us helpful ways in becoming the best foster parents we can be. As foster parents, we are often told what we CANNOT DO, but through the KEEP training we are taught what we CAN DO, in all, but especially the difficult parenting situations.

These classes are not your typical training sessions that are often boring to most foster parents, but are very exciting and full of laughter.

You as a foster parent have the opportunity to “role play” as the foster child and put yourself in their shoes which gives you a totally new prospective to foster parenting. We understand that 16 weeks of training classes seems like a lot when you live a busy, hectic life like we do, but we encourage everyone to greatly consider the upcoming KEEP trainings in your area. We are legitimately sad to see these classes come to an end in a couple of weeks, but we plan to KEEP utilizing the KEEP training program in our home.

– Randy and Brittany Lowe

Read more about how DCS is using the KEEP program by clicking here.