Sunrise Has Online Foster Parent Info and Training Sessions

Sunrise is proud to offer online information sessions and foster care trainings for anyone interested or ready to begin their foster parent journey! From the convenience of your home, you can receive answers to your questions, actively engage with Sunrise professionals, and acquire comprehensive therapeutic foster care training based on evidence-based practices that have been proven and refined by dedicated, caring professionals. With more than 150 years of experience and over 500 adoptions in the past ten years, Sunrise looks forward to working with you and helping you create a ministry of unconditional love in your own home. Together, we can do great things. Thank you for considering a ministry that is committed to giving you the tools and support to change our world.


Our Arise Trainings

Are you ready to embark on the foster care journey? Join our online foster care informational sessions to see if you’re ready to foster a child in need. Sunrise not only offers all 11 pre-service foster care trainings online, but we also offer numerous trainings targeted specifically for pastors, churches and local communities.

Bruce Treon | Director of Faith-Based Initiatives | 270-302-7378

Terry Frazier | Foster Care Ministry Liaison |502-432-6492

Course Descriptions

* Specific trainings offered to pastors, churches, and communities.

This presentation offers a basic overview of faith-based foster care for families and church ministries by:

• Offering a basic introduction to Sunrise Children’s Services
• Sharing the need for Christ-centered foster care in churches
• Outlining the process of foster care certification
• Helping development of a training plan for each church

Join at any point in the training cycle

• Session 1- Introduction to Foster Care/ History and Ministry of Sunrise Foster Care/Understanding Therapeutic Foster Care/Foster Parent Handbook
• Session 2 – Why and How Children Come into Care/ Rights, Responsibilities and Expectations/ Understanding the Court System
• Session 3 – The Children We Serve/States of Development/Cycle of Need and Attachment/Stages of Grief/ Concurrent Planning
• Session 4 – Child Abuse and Neglect/Trauma-Informed Care/ Grief and Trauma
• Session 5 – Building Connections/ Communications/ Communications Skills/Understanding Typical Sexual Development/The Sexually Reactive Child
• Session 6 – Preparing for Placement/Cultural Diversity/Personality Types/Referrals and Matching/Handling Transitions
• Session 7 – Discipline/ Parenting Styles/Dealing with Challenging Behaviors/The ABC’s of Behavior/Effective Use of Consequences
• Session 8 – Behavior Management/De-escalation/Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Overview
• Session 9 – Daily Life in Foster Care/Religious Affiliation/Life Books/Contemporary Challenges with Technology and Media
• Session 10 – Non-Suicidal Self Injury/Creating a Safe Environment of Care/Sunrise Medication Administration/Documentation
• Session 11 – Understanding Diagnosis and Treatment in Foster Care

FASD and Brain-Based Behaviors (2 hours)

This presentation shows the devastating effect alcohol consumption has on very early fetal development and long-term well being of a child born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder by:

• Explaining the results of FASD and brain physiology
• Identifying characteristics of a FASD child
• Discovering how alcohol consumed during any trimester can be devastating
• Understanding how behaviors can be linked to damaged or altered brain development
• Highlighting the implications of a FASD diagnosis and mis-diagnosis have on society
• Developing a parenting model for foster parents that care for FASD children
• Helping mediate the realities and difficulties of FASD for providers
• Sharing tools for better community awareness and prevention of FASD

This training is designed to help pastors, youth and children’s ministers; better understand the aspects of trauma-informed care and how it has a direct implication for ministry within the church by:

  • Explaining the trauma-informed paradigm
  • Taking a look at how trauma (past and present) relates to the gospel
  • Understanding the relationship between trauma and behavior
  • Relating best practices of a trauma informed ministry model
  • Sharing results of the ACE Study and implications this has for the church
  • Identifying possible behavioral indicators of child abuse
  • Helping provide ministers with an understanding of vicarious and secondary traumatization
  • Building a ministry model of TIC for each church

This training attempts to address suicide from a biblical perspective, while offering ministers needed tools and understanding to better minister to their congregations and communities by:

  • Showing the prevalence of suicide in Kentucky
  • Relating a biblical narrative of suicidal ideation
  • Helping ministers to grasps the driving forces behind suicidal ideation within the church
  • Working through differing theological understandings of suicide for the church
  • Sharing relative information to better minister to families and communities impacted by suicide.
  • Working through the taboo of language to better minister to the human condition
  • Offering hope for those who have been impacted by suicide

This training highlights the daily reality of stressors for many ministers, who are enduring seasons of compassion fatigue and burnout, in an attempt to offer support and healing by:

  • Defining what compassion fatigue and burnout

  • Identifying common sources of burnout for ministers

  • Understanding the process of compassion fatigue for ministry

  • Outlining protective barriers for effective long-term ministry

  • Seeking to address the emotional challenges that often lead to ministry burnout

  • Developing a plan for protection against burnout and compassion fatigue in your church

This can be a helpful training for Christian parents to become more effective parents in today’s world by:

  • Seeking biblical guidance in understanding parental roles
  • Offering insight into effective discipline that encourages personal growth
  • Understanding why negative behaviors often occur
  • Providing practical tools for age-appropriate parenting
  • Relating aspects of differing parenting styles
  • Sharing relational techniques that help calm emotional outbursts
  • Teaching the power of parental role modeling

This training offers practical tools and information for children’s workers by:

  • Discussing the different aspects of classroom behavior
  • Sharing the ABC paradigm of behavior management
  • Understanding how Adverse Childhood Experiences can affect behavior
  • Developing the “think-feel-do” model of behavioral interactions
  • Showing how use consequences more effectively
  • Unwrapping different parenting models for classroom use
  • Realizing the power one positive relationship can make for a child

This training is designed to help parents (and ministers) better understand the challenges of parenting a child that has experienced sexual abuse by:

  • Understanding child sexual abuse
  • Identifying possible behavioral indicators of child sexual abuse
  • Responding to common behaviors of sexually abused children
  • Discovering how sexual abuse effects a child’s basic needs
  • Sharing how children of sexual abuse can heal

This multi-discipline training that enable church leaders to:

  • Improve the ability of church leaders in identifying, understanding the devesting effects that child abuse and neglect
  • Gain insight into the long-term influences of early trauma
  • Identify behavioral indicators of child maltreatment reflected in children’s behaviors
  • Form an awareness of the impact child abuse affects churches of all denominations
  • Develop a 4-step plan for responding to allegations of child abuse in the church that includes: investigate, cooperate, report and minister
  • Shape a strategy to ensure greater safeguards for children, staff members and the church’s reputation
  • Consider how to better minister to children and families with traumatic histories
  • Understand how trauma-focused therapy can be applied from a Christian perspective
  • Increase the ability to refer individuals and families to regional therapist that hold a Christian worldview

The facilitators include:

Bruce Treon, Director of Faith Based Initiatives, Sunrise Children’s Services

Brain Schuette, Managing Partner, Schuette Law Group

Mark Parrish, Co-founder, The InnerView Counseling & Consultation

This webinar helps law enforcement personnel understand the importance of trauma awareness within communities and families they serve by:

  • Introducing the trauma-informed model of care
  • Showing how traumatic experiences can shape a person’s perspective and responses
  • Looking into the effect of trauma on brain physiology
  • Discovering methods to help reduce trauma exposure or re-traumatization
  • Suggesting skills to better engage children with traumatic histories
  • Understanding how trauma can alter memory and behaviors
  • Seeking to offer insight on secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma
  • Helping build a plan to offer a trauma safe environment that reduces burnout and suicidal ideation

This training offers a deeper look at the mysterious diagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder and Depression by:
• Understanding the definition of Bi-Polar Disorder
• Realizing the implications of living with a depression
• Taking a glimpse how Bi-Polar Disorders add additional stress on family functioning
• Discovering resources that can offer hope for the Bi-Polar home