February 23, 2021 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Claudia Mercier, MSW, is passionate about addressing children’s behavioral challenges, particularly trauma-related behaviors, by intentionally simplifying all facets of family life. Her specialized training as a licensed clinical social worker is the treatment of depression. This training is geared at foster, adoptive and kinship parents and caregivers to come away with concrete strategies and approaches.
Claudia and her husband have a large foster adopted family with seven children ranging from 2-24 years old. They have fostered children for over 15 years while raising 5 children born into their family at the same time. Approximately 3 years ago, Claudia launched The Foster Village, a ministry in the East Bay that encourages people to foster and then wraps around and supports those families. The group started off with two families and now has 160 involved in the ministry! Claudia also facilitates a bi-monthly support group for foster, adoptive and kinship parents virtually during the pandemic, which previously gathered in-person.