The instructor read us some examples of cases they receive on a daily basis, most of them are just so sad. We were told that all the shelters in our County and the surrounding counties are full. Same goes for Foster Homes. I don't know what happens to Children that no one is willing to take, it breaks my heart.
After introducing ourselves we dove right into the nitty gritty. Besides the obvious things that every person with a little common sense should know here is a summary of how CPS would like Foster Parents to Discipline Children.
You should have Time In instead of Time Out
You should Take Time Out (In) as much as you give Time Out (In)
No Physical Punishment - ie no spanking
Create House Rules (not too much and not too little, they should be positive, action oriented and specific)
You can use physical restraint as a last resort to discipline a child
(we practiced techniques such as block and basket hold)
A person in the class recommended a book called 123 Magic