Foster Parent Trainings
All foster parents are required to participate in relevant training each year. This is a great opportunity to gain parenting skills, better understand the effects of trauma, and meet other local foster parents. Below is a list of online and upcoming trainings that count towards your ongoing requirements.
If you participate in an online training video that does not provide a certificate, check with your Youthnet licensor to be sure it qualifies for training credit. If it does qualify, please complete this video form to receive credit. (one per caregiver)
- "Three Guiding Truths": In this hour-long video, foster and adoptive parent Tiff Junker shares the three guiding truths for building regulation and resilience in children with significant trauma related needs.
Online Trainings: Any Time At Your Own Pace
- "Adoption Support": (0.75 hours) Find answers about how and why adoption support services are offered, what adoption support services exist, and how to access them.
- “Car Seat Safety”: (0.5 hours) Skills focus on how to select, fit and install the correct seat each time you need to transport a child.
- “Connecting: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression”: (2 hours) Learn about fundamental facts and terms about LGBTQ+ children/youth, and learn how to promote the health and well-being of children/youth in care.
- "Effects of Abuse and Neglect on Child Development": (30 minutes - 3 hours)This five-session course explores the principles of child development across the age ranges, broken into milestone increments.
- "Identifying and Supporting Commercially Sexually Exploited Children": (1.5 hours) Identify and support youth who are at risk for or are being commercially sexually exploited.
- “Infant Safety and Care”: (3 hours) Understand the ways that the 0- to 12-month-old population is most vulnerable; has their own language and development; and requires specific knowledge and skills to create and maintain safety and care.
- "Medication Administration for Caregivers": (0.5 hours) Understand the correct way to administer, log, store, and dispose of medications.
- "Prudent Parenting": (0.75 hours) This course covers the parenting decisions that fall to the Caregiver according to the Prudent Parent Law.
- “So You Have a New Placement ... Now What?”: (3 hours) This class gives an overview of regional paperwork and policies. This is an excellent class for both new and experienced caregivers.
- "Working with Children Who Display Sexual Behavioral Problems": (1.25 hours)
- "Working with Children Who Display Physically Aggressive Behaviors": (1.25 hours)
- "Youth Missing from Care": (1 hour) This course is designed to provide caregivers with the information needed to identify, support, and intervene with youth who are living in care and are at risk of running away.
Webinars: Online at a Specific Date & Time
- As the Grow — The Drug Impacted Infant: 6-9 p.m. May 25 and 26
- Behavior Management: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 29 and 30
- Fostering Children Through Transition, Grief and Loss: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 23
- Introduction to Adoption from Foster Care: 6-9 p.m. May 27
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 27 and 28
- So You Have a New Placement … Now What? 1-2:30 p.m. May 13
- Talking with Children about Race: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 21 and 22
- Understanding and Managing Caregiver's Own Emotions and Self Care: 6-9 p.m. May 27 and 28
We highly recommend reading the following two articles and creating a Welcome Book for your home. Welcome Books are a great way to help children and teens get to know your home and family, and to be able to reference your names in those first few days together. By reading both articles and showing your Welcome Book to your Youthnet case manager or licensor, we will add 0.5 hours of training credit to your training log.
Many support groups include a training component. Please send a copy of your certificate to your licensor.
- Youthnet offers quarterly in-person support groups. E-vites are sent to licensed families over email.
- Fostering Together offers monthly in-person support groups at varied locations.