Survival Skills for Healthy Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families

Providing families with research-based tools, skills and education to have a healthy home where all members thrive.


Does this sound like you?

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You’ve raised bio kids but haven’t had to deal with issues of trauma and abuse.

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You’re feeling lonely, with no one to turn to for support or understanding.

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You were called to foster, but don’t feel well-equipped to deal with the challenges you’ve experienced.

Survival Skills for Healthy Families is a researched-based program that gives foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers the tools and resources they need to feel equipped.

What you’ll learn


    How to recognize and deal with trauma.


    How to create a plan and next steps for your unique family dynamics and challenges.


    How families before you have used this curriculum to build a healthy and thriving family life.

    Survival Skills for Healthy Families includes four modules with three options for participation.

    Learn More About the Four Courses

    Each topic includes short videos and handouts. 4-week virtual sessions and on-demand, video courses are available for each option. Visit our event calendar for exact dates for live sessions.

    Courses are recommended to be taken in order, however it is not necessary. It is recommended that you start with Map for Healthy Families.

    Each course includes short videos and guides. 

    Map for Healthy Families

    This foundational course sets the path to create a healthy home. The map will help you put in motion actions that will support you as the caregiver(s) and the children in your home. Lessons includes:

    • The Two Jobs of Every Person
    • Three Patterns
    • Three Skills
    • Relationship Styles
    • BONUS: Taking Care of Yourself

    Parents as Leaders in Healthy Families

    All families have their own ways of doing things, or “rules,” that define how family members work together. These informal rules explain how people talk to each other, how they get along, and who does what in a family. The rules are often passed down from one generation to another. Sometimes family members say these rules to each other, and sometimes they do not. But, who defines the rules of how the family will live together? Research shows that in a healthy family, the adults are in charge. The first job of parents, how to be a healthy leader. Lessons include:

    • Making Rules Part 1
    • Making Rules Part 2
    • Stick Together
    • Stay in Charge & Closing

    Parents as Models in Healthy Families  – Coming Soon

    This course focuses on some of the fun parts of parenting: spending time with our kids, playing, encouraging, and talking together. Parents, like it or not, you are a role model for your children. Children learn by copying what they see other people do. Children are most influenced by the people who spend the most time with them. They learn about themselves through the way they are treated by the adults who raise them and they learn how to treat others. Lessons include:

    • Plan Time With Your Children
    • Encourage Your Child
    • Listen to Your Child
    • Talk Together With Your Child & Closing

    Adult Relationships in Healthy Families  – Coming Soon

    Here we look at two jobs that help strenghten marriage relationships: to “Be a Team” and “Build Your Team.” When you commit to each other, and your relationship, you find ways to deepen intimacy and stay connected. You build your team when you know what you want to say when you want to give yourselves the best chance of getting what you (both) want. Lessons include:

    • Be a Team: Commit
    • Be a Team: Connect
    • Build Your Team: Know What You Want & Say What You Want
    • Build Your Team: Get What You Want & Closing

    There are three ways you can participate

    Access individual courses.

    4-Week Virtual Live Course

    Learn from Finally Home Certified Trainers from the comfort of your own home in a small group. These virtual sessions walk you through one module over the course of 4 weeks. You’ll watch a short video and discuss how you can implement the tools and strategies in your unique family.

    After the four weeks are done you’ll have lifetime access to the videos and resources to revisit at any time.

    On-Demand, Video Based Course

    On-Demand is perfect for caregivers that need support immediately and want to walk through the handouts on their own. Courses can be purchased at anytime.

    You’ll have lifetime access to the videos and resources to revisit at any time.

    Bundle and save by joining the Resilient Roots Membership.

    This annual membership combines all our programs and courses in one convenient annual membership fee. It also includeds perks (like live Q&A sessions) that aren’t available elsewhere. 

    All Finally Home training qualifies for certified parenting education/licensing credit. Certificate provided at the end of the series. Participants are responsible for getting course approval by qualifying agency prior to registration. Finally Home can provide curriculum information upon request.

    Join our upcoming 4-Week Virtual Live Course starting January 25
    for only $20/person or $30 per couple.

    Scholarships are available for active caregivers who are unable to afford the course.

    On-Demand, Video Based Course - Coming Soon

    • 8 short videos with research-based strategies and tools
    • Handouts to help you take action
    • 4 – 1 hour live sessions to discuss the strategies you learn each week

    Interested in facilitating this training at your church, school, or agency? We offer Leader Guides for a variety of needs including Grandparent Led Families, Foster and Adoptive Families, Military Families, Step Families and Biological Families. We would love to chat with you about our options.


    Parents as Leaders in Healthy Christian Families

    4-Week Virtual Live Course

    Live Workshops: January 25, February 1, 8, & 15

    Time: 7:00 PM MT

    Parents as Models in Healthy Christian Families

    4-Week Virtual Live Course

    Live Workshops: May 23 & 30, June 6 & 13

    Time: 7:00 PM MT


    Adult Relationships in Healthy Relationships

    5-Week Virtual Live Course

    Live Workshops: September 26, October 3, 10, & 17

    Time: 7:00 PM MT


    Map For Healthy Families

    4-Week Virtual Live Course

    Next session coming in 2025.

    Watch the on-demand version of this course inside of Resilient Roots : A Finally Home Membership Program


    Kristin Orphan is married with four children, two of whom joined their family through emergency foster care placement many years ago. As a result of their personal journey and experience, she and her husband, Mark founded Finally Home in 2008. Finally Home is a national non-profit organization that provides education, encouragement, and support for foster, adoptive, and kinship families.

    Kristin currently serves as the Creator Director of Finally Home, writing curriculum, designing programs, and training leaders how to effectively work with families. She holds a Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis in Family Dynamics and is a Certified Family Life Educator. Kristin is an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at Vanguard University of Southern California, as well as a worship leader and keynote speaker for special events and retreats across the nation.


    How do I know which course is right for me?

    Start by reading the descriptions and seeing what stands out to you. If you are still unsure, start with Map for Healthy Families. It provides a great foundation on which the rest of our program is built.

    Do I need to do the courses in order?

    No. While the courses build on and complement one another, they are also very effective as stand-alone tracks.

    How do I know if I should do a Live Virtual Course or an On-Demand Course?

    Live options provide the added benefit of interactive discussions with other parents and caregivers on a similar journey, while On-Demand provides the flexibility of engaging with the material on your own time.

    Do you offer refunds?

    We offer a money back guarantee. If the training or resources do not meet your expectations, we are happy to refund your money.

    How much time will I need to invest to make a difference in my family?

    When you commit to implementing new ideas and skills in your family, we believe you will begin to see a difference right away. The more time you give, the more impact you will see.

    Does this information apply to everyone in my family or just the foster kids?

    The research based skills and tools we teach benefit everyone in the family, regardless of background, experience, or role.

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