“Make A Difference in the Lives of Children by working directly with 2 to 8 year old children and their caregivers,
to help them to grow up to be good parents who will teach their children good parenting skills,
thus affecting the lives of generations of children.”
Even as a young man, I wanted to help children and families. In college I took Child Development and other related courses.
I have spent many years working with children in various volunteer organizations. I have worked in many positions in the Boy Scouts of America. Some positions working directly with children ranging in age from 6 to 18 and in other positions training scout leaders. I also worked for many years as a Big Brother with the Big Brother/Big Sisters program and eventually on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeastern Idaho. I have also served over 25 years in my Church teaching children ranging in age from 2 to age 12 years old.
I have spent many years as a successful business owner and entrepreneur. I started my first at business at age 5. I have spent many years in business and I am a respected business leader. Over the years I have employed hundreds of people, owned several corporations and served as Chairman of the Board of directors for several organizations. I currently work as President/CEO of EZ-NetTools Inc. This position gives me the freedom I need to work with children.
I have also been a single parent and have had many of the struggles of a single parent raising six children. I have also been an adoptive parent. I adopted two boys from an orphanage in Moscow Russia at ages 22 months and 3 years old. I have spent much time studying and learning about attachment and bonding. I am a devoted and loving father.
I feel that boding and attachment are a critical element in every child’s life. I have spent much time studying these topics and working toward strong attachment with his adopted children, my biological children and other children I have worked with. I love sharing what I have learned and my experiences with other parents. I am also an independent “Love and Logic” facilitator.
I have six children, 4 daughters and two sons.
Jamie, my oldest, is married and living in Pleasant Grove UT. She and her husband are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl (making me a grandfather).
Kimberly, my second daughter, lives with her husband in Rexburg ID and they are going to school at BYUI. She and her husband also work for me at EZ-NetTools.
Emily, my third daughter, returned from serving a mission on December 13th. She is living at home and will be starting back at BYUI in the spring. She will be helping me with the foster children as a nanny and also working for EZ-NetTools. She loves children and is currently studying child development.
Janalee, my youngest daughter, is a Junior in High School. She is very active in school activities. She is an excellent student, very musically inclined and plays the violin.
Nicholas, my oldest son, is also a junior in High School and is the class president. Nicholas is a good student and gets good grades. He is a soft hearted boy and loves to read. He was adopted from an orphanage in Moscow Russia. He plans on serving a mission for the LDS Church after he graduates from High School in a year and a half.
Christopher, my youngest son, is a sophomore in High School. He is popular and loves to be with his friends. He is very smart and really doesn’t have to work too hard to get good grades. He was also adopted from and orphanage in Moscow Russia. Christopher is a hard worked and very frugal with his money.
I have custody of the three minor children and they live with me.
Children In The Home: (Ricks College – 3 Credit Hours) – Completed Winter 1980
Child Development: (Ricks College – 3 Credit Hours ) – Completed Summer 1989
Parenting With Love and Limits: (Department of Health and Welfare) – Completed
Love and Logic Parent Training: (Sponsored by Madison Memorial Hospital)
PRIDE Training: PRIDE (Parent Resource for Information, Development, and Education) is a 27-hour pre-service training for potential foster and foster/adoptive parents. PRIDE will help attendee acquire the knowledge and skills you need to make an informed decision about fostering and/or adopting. (27 hours) – Completed Spring 2016
Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Training: (1.5 Foster Parent Continuing Education Hours) – Completed June 15, 2016
The Impact of Fostering on Birth Children: Explores the challenges foster families face pre-placement, during placement, and post-placement and offers insights and advice for helping birth children through those challenges. (FosterParentCollege.com – 4 credit hours) – Completed
Understanding Behavior in Foster Children: Explores problematic behavior in foster children and how foster parents can better understand the purpose of a child’s behavior through careful observation. (FosterParentCollege.com – 4 credit hours) – Completed
The Child Welfare Team: Covers how the child welfare system works, purpose and goals of the system, key terms, and who the child welfare team members are, as well as their roles and responsibilities. (FosterParentCollege.com – 4 credit hours) – Completed
Reducing Family Stress: Explores adding a foster child to the family and offers insight into how to preserve the family structure and reduce stress caused b a changing dynamic. (FosterParentCollege.com – 4 credit hours) – Completed
Parent-Child Attachment: Covers the difference between healthy and unhealthy attachment, how separation and loss affect attachment, and how attachment theory applies to real life. (FosterParentCollege.com – 4 credit hours) – Completed
Lying (2nd Edition): Common behaviors addressed in this course include getting out of trouble, gaining attention, pathological, and getting others in trouble. (FosterParentCollege.com – 2 credit hours) – Completed
Stealing: Topics covered in this course include shoplifting, stealing based on envy or revenge, kleptomania, and stealing from loved ones. (FosterParentCollege.com – 2 credit hours) – Completed
Grief and Loss in the Care System: Charley Joyce, LICSW, discusses how, in foster care, grief and loss are experienced by everyone involved in the removal and placement of a child. The child, birth parents, and the foster family all go through stages of grief. Yet, this grief is often denied or hidden. Learn about the stages of natural grieving, how grief is expressed, and “complex grief”. Also discussed are strategies for helping children, birth parents and family members handle and appropriately express their feelings of grief and loss. (FosterParent College.com – 2 credit hours) – Completed
Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Training: (Department of Health and Welfare – 1.5 credit hours) – Completed June 15, 2016
Working Together with Primary Families: A child in care has two families: the primary and the foster family. Research has shown that when these families work together, the child’s confusion and anxiety are decreased and the likelihood of reunification increases. Nonjudgmental and respectful communication can be challenging, especially when histories and backgrounds differ or when abuse and neglect are part of the child’s past. This course offers foster parents strategies for developing positive communication with and understanding of the primary family. (FosterParentCollege.com – 4 credit hours) – Completed
Foster Parenting: Resources and Record Keeping: (Department Health & Welfare – 1 credit hour) – Completed September 21, 2016
Handling Stress with Foster Children: (Department of Health & Welfare – 1 credit hour) – Completed November 17, 2016
Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Many children and youth in foster care have lived through traumatic events. These youth bring their traumatic experiences with them when they come into your home. Traumatic stress reactions can cause youth to behave in ways that may baffle you. All of your usual approaches to parenting may not work! A youth’s response to trauma – and our responses – can be so severe as to disrupt their placement in your home. (Department of Health & Welfare – 15 credit hours) – Completed December 5, 2016
Emotion Regulation and Bonding: (Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health) – Completed February 2017
Annual Resource Family & Social Worker Conference:
- What’s New Presentation (1 Hours of Education) – Completed February 24th, 2017
- Trust-Based Relational Intervention: (6.5 Hours of Education) – Completed February 24th, 2017
- Q & A Panel Style Intervention: (1.5 Hours of Education) – Completed February 24th, 2017
- TBRI Skill Development: (4 Hours of Education) – Completed February 25th, 2017
Trauma Informed Parenting: Health and Welfare (1 Hour of Training) – Completed March 16th, 2017
Empowered to Connect Conference: Empowered to Connect, together with Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, hosts the Empowered to Connect Conference – a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. (11 Hours of Training) – Completed April 7th and 8th, 2017
Caring for Traumatized Children by Dr. James Henry: Health and Welfare (12 Attendance Hours) – Completed April 17th & 18th, 2017
Sexualized Behavior: This course examines obsessive sexual behavior, sexual behavior with siblings, seductive behavior towards adults, and public masturbation (Foster Parent College – 2 Hours Training) – Completed April 26th, 2017
Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused: Explores the emotional and behavioral effects of child sexual abuse on children in care and offers strategies to help overcome the challenges foster parents face. (Foster Parent College – 4 Hours Training) – Completed April 26th, 2017
Foundations for all Stakeholders: The purpose of this training is to prepare families and other stakeholders for the new system of care, to understand what to expect when looking for guidance and mental health treatment for children. Youth Empowerment Services – Health and Welfare – Completed January 18, 20018
Our home is located just north of Rexburg in the country.