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Becoming a Foster Parent - Step 2: Training

Layne Hedden August 31, 2023

Now that you’ve started the application process, it’s time to sign up for the classes! Our preservice training series provides a range of topics designed to equip you to become a foster parent. Whether you have little experience with children or have been a parent for many years, these classes will address topics specifically as they relate to caring for children in the foster care system. Course topics include: Trauma, Permanency, Partnering with Primary Families, Child & Adolescent Development, Diversity, Discipline, and more! Your training will begin with two self-directed virtual courses - Preservice Orientation and Caregiver Roles & Responsibilities - to help familiarize you with the system and your role.

We typically offer an in-person classroom training series twice a year, depending on trainer availability. Classes are also offered virtually through our Regional Training Center every month. Classes are a total of 24 hours, divided between self-directed online training and instructor-led training. You do not need to take the classes in any specific order, and you are able to combine in-person training with virtual training. Spouses and live-in partners must attend the training and can take the classes in any format as well.

Whether you take them virtually or in-person, classes are designed to be engaging and interactive. Discussion and activities will help you as you apply the principles taught to foster parenting.

Your training will prepare you to provide care for children and youth in the foster care system and to address concerns as they arise. However, your training opportunities will not end after you become licensed. Ongoing training hours are required every 2 years and you will have a wide variety of topics and formats to choose from as you continue your foster parenting journey. 

As always, we are here to help you throughout this process. If you need help finding the best training option for you, simply contact us to discuss options. If you need assistance with registering for the training classes, we would be happy to help!

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