It is the mission of the Foster/Kinship/Adoption Education Program to provide quality education and support opportunities to caregivers of children and youth in out-of-home care, so that these providers may meet the foster children's educational, emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs.
In order to become a licensed foster parent, you must participate in the RFA (Resource Family Approval) Training. The Four Modules involve twelve hours of training which cover the following areas:
- Appreciation for special needs of foster and kinship children
- How to access health services and community resources
- How foster care fits into the Child Welfare System
- Techniques for building your foster children’s self-esteem
Already a licensed care provider? Sharpen your skills and enhance your knowledge by attending our in-service, therapeutic and special-topic training classes. We offer sessions in the following areas:
- How to effectively advocate for your foster child when dealing with schools and health-care agencies
- Learning about attachment and attachment disorders
- Working effectively with birth parents
- Understanding attention-deficient and hyperactive foster children
- Resolving family conflicts and anger
- Exploring healthy responses to grief and loss.
Helpful Information and Links
The Steps for Fostering: Steps for Fostering
The National Parent Helpline: www.nationalparenthelpline.org
Humboldt County Office of Education : http://humboldt.k12.ca.us/sps/fyhs
The California Department of Social Services:
Interactive Autism Network:
The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is an online project bringing together individuals nationwide who are affected by autism spectrum disorders and hundreds of researchers in a search for answers. For more information go to http://www.ianproject.org/.
National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a new center to assist publicly funded agencies, programs, and services to deal more effectively with the needs of trauma survivors. The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) emphasizes that trauma from violence or abuse is often an underlying cause of mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or substance abuse. he NCTIC website offers access to many resources, including education and outreach, trauma-informed care models, and trauma-specific treatments and interventions. These include topic papers and research, links, and other materials to help educate and foster a deeper understanding of the impact of trauma, and free or low-cost trauma training and technical assistance for publicly funded health and human service systems and programs. CTIC is a service of the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of HHS.
Free Online Curricula for Child Welfare Workers
This site offers an array of curricula in PDF format and or online video at no cost. Topics include services to families at moderate, as well as greatest risk, reunification, the effects of training on public child welfare practice, and collaboration between substance abuse and child welfare fields.