Tuolumne County began participating in the Emergency Foster Bridge Program in 2018. The program continues to grow in its capacity to support the resource (foster) families, foster children, and their child care providers. There are three components to this program that are intended to ensure our goals are met.
The Foster Bridge Navigator
Eligible foster parents in Tuolumne County are referred by the Department of Social Services to the Foster Bridge Navigator at ICES for assistance in securing child care through enhanced child care referrals, subsidy application assistance, planning for long-term child care, and connections to community resources.
Emergency Child Care Voucher
Eligible families are referred by the Department of Social Services for time-limited assistance with child care payment.
Trauma-Informed Care Training & Coaching
The TIC Training & Coaching program was developed by the California Resource & Referral Network and West Ed as a component of the Emergency Foster Bridge Program. The intent of this program is to ensure that child care providers are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to support the needs of children who have experienced significant adversity, which may affect their development and behavior. Training and coaching are provided to child care programs county-wide. Providers are connected to community resources and support as needed.
Due to COVID-19, TIC training has been converted into a three-part virtual series. This training series covers two modules:
Module 1.1: Intro to Trauma
- Defining Trauma
- The Foster Care System
- Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
- The Impact of Trauma on the Brain
- Neuroplasticity & Resiliency
Module 1.2: Key Strategies for Supporting Children with Histories of Trauma
- Supportive Strategies to Cultivate Resiliency
- Implementing Strategies (Peer Workshop)
Module 2: Enhancing Caregiver Resiliency
- Burnout & Compassion Fatigue
- Adult Triggers
- Window of Tolerance
- The Impact of Stress
- Self-Care Strategies
Coaching is a secondary component of the TIC training program. It’s purpose is to help providers with the implementation of the strategies learned through training and to provide ongoing support as needed.
Coaching Plans are developed individually to cater to the needs of the child care provider or center staff and the child or children in their care.