When placement of an HIV-infected child occurs, foster parents are required to complete the course “Caring for Children with HIV”. This course contains information on the unique aspects of pediatric HIV disease, transmission and infection control, the spectrum of HIV disease, confidentiality and self-care for the caregiver.
This training is not offered on a regular basis, so if you need/want this training in your area of the state, please contact our Training Coordinator, Hiliary Burns, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-277-8145 ext. 2 to be added to our waiting list.
Full Course Description
CARING FOR CHILDREN WITH HIV (3 hrs credit) - This training will enable foster and adoptive parents to respond sensitively, compassionately, and competently to HIV-affected children and their families. Participants will learn how to engage confidently in infection-control precautions; respond appropriately and sensitively to concerns about HIV transmission; provide appropriate care and support during each stage of the “roller coaster” of HIV disease; anticipate and manage the challenges of confidentiality surrounding HIV disease; and join as a part of a care giving team that responds effectively to cultural differences, social burdens, daily problems, grief and loss issues, and the needs of caregivers. Participants will also receive a brief overview of the Iowa DHS HIV Protocols on confidentiality, testing, and placement of HIV-infected children.
Trainer: Nancy Magnall
Nancy Magnall has been employed as a Resource Information Specialist with IFAPA since 2000. In this position, Nancy develops resources and provides training, information, and support to foster families and families who have adopted from foster care. For the past 17 years she has also been an HIV/AIDS Educator and Consultant educating groups and individuals about pediatric HIV/AIDS and caring for children with HIV disease. She and her husband Paul have been foster parents for 20 years and have adopted one child from foster care. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.
Questions about HIV/AIDS
In addition to this training, IFAPA has a staff member (Nancy Magnall) who is knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS and the care of children with HIV disease. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Magnall at 877-467-4100 or or email Nancy at email@example.com. Nancy is a Resource Information Specialist for IFAPA and works out of her home.