May is National Foster Care Month! Relative and kin connections are key to minimizing trauma for children involved in the child welfare system. Thank you to kinship and foster families, agency staff, and everyone working to nurture these important connections!

June is National Reunification Month!
At Foster Parent College, we recognize and celebrate the people that help families stay together.

Our quarterly newsletter, Solutions for Agency Staff, is now available  

Building Trust, Motivating Change Our newest course will help resource parents build trust and strengthen their teen's motivation to change a behavior or establish a goal.

— Child Welfare Worker Appreciation Week September 12-16 —
At FPC, we take this moment to acknowledge all child welfare staff and their work to improve outcomes for children and families. Thank you!

Building Trust, Motivating Change
Our newest course will help resource parents build trust and strengthen their teen's motivation to change a behavior or establish a goal.

November is National Adoption Month!
Empowering youth with meaningful engagement and support on their path to permanency can help lead to positive outcomes.
Foster Parent College thanks caregivers, agency staff, and all who are focused on how Small Steps Open Doors.

Thank YOU!!!  It is through your trust and support that we have reached the milestone of exceeding
one million course enrollments!

We are pleased to announce the release of our newest course: Eating & Food Issues

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! All families need help sometimes; it takes a community effort to strengthen child and family well-being. At Foster Parent College, we are committed to investing in and supporting families.

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To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the FPC offices will be closed January 17th.

In celebration of Juneteenth, the FPC office will be closed on Monday, June 20.


 
 
 
 
 
 

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In celebration of Independence Day, the FPC office will be closed on Monday, July 4th.

In honor of Labor Day, the FPC office will be closed on Monday, September 5.

In celebration of Thanksgiving, the FPC offices will be closed November 25.

In celebration of the holidays, the FPC offices will be closed Dec. 24th and Dec. 31st.

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Testimonials

"This has to be the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. It taught me patience and it made me realize that being a foster parent is fulfilling knowing I'm making a difference in these children's lives. Coming across so many different kids with so many different backgrounds is a challenge in itself but I take on the challenge everyday with pride knowing that I was able to make an impact in their life is a feeling I can't explain."
"When my husband and I first started learning about foster care and foster to adoption, there were so many 'unknowns' that it felt almost too scary to move forward. This class is answering so many of my questions and helping me to see this as a reality. I'm excited to see what the future holds and hope that we will be able to offer a temporary home on the path to reunification with a birth family or a permanent home through adoption for a child during their crisis/time of need."
"I thought that this course was very informational and helpful. I liked how it helped future and present foster and/or adoptive parents distinguish between accidental and intentional abuse. I enjoyed learning the characteristics of parents that maltreat their children. Hopefully others have taken away as much as my husband and I have from this course."
"Very informative and easy to follow, common sense approach. Thanks."
"Just wanted to say thanks for providing alternative training that's self paced for a person like me with a hectic schedule that sometimes hinder me from participating in group settings at my local agency! It's a blessing!"
"I thought this was wonderfully put together. I hope that something like this is available for birth parents. I think this type of education may be very helpful."

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Explores how parents can use motivational interviewing techniques to help build trust with the youth in their home, engage them in conversation, and encourage behavior change. Designed for parents of teens, but may be helpful for parents of younger youth as well.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores common eating and food issues for children in care, including hoarding food and excessive eating, eating food from unhealthy sources, overweight and obesity, and picky eating.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Charley Joyce, trabajador social licenciado, trata el duelo y la pérdida sufridos por un menor que es retirado de su familia y asignado a un hogar temporal, y cómo la situación también afecta a los padres biológicos y a los proveedores de cuidados. [Spanish version of "Grief & Loss in the Care System"]

2 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

Aquí exploramos las intensificaciones, sus causas, y estrategias para aplacamientos. Antes de tomar este curso, se recomienda encarecidamente que los participantes primero tomen Crianza sensible al trauma. [Spanish version of "Escalating Behavior Unwrapped"]

2 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

Explores fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, how to identify them, and how parents can support children who were prenatally exposed to alcohol.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explora la función de los denunciantes obligatorios y los desafíos a los que se enfrentan en el proceso de efectuar una denuncia, y ofrece estrategias para garantizar que posteriores investigaciones no se vean comprometidas. [Spanish version of "The Role of Mandated Child Abuse Reporters"]

2 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

Explores postsecondary education and how resource parents can help youth in grades 6 to 10 prepare for it. (For parents in California, this course is equivalent to Turning Dreams into Degrees, Education Course 1.)

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Explores escalation, its causes, and strategies for de-escalation. Before taking this course, it is strongly recommended that trainees take Trauma-Informed Parenting. [Also available in Spanish]

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explora la explotación sexual de menores, en qué consiste, y cómo los padres pueden reconocer señales de que el menor esté siendo explotado sexualmente. [Spanish version of "Understanding Sex Trafficking"]

2 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

Explores commercial sexual exploitation of children, what it is, and how parents can recognize signs that a child is being sexually exploited. [Also available in Spanish]

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explora las condiciones más comunes de la salud mental en menores en cuidado temporal, cómo los trastornos se diagnostican y se tratan, y cómo los padres pueden trabajar con los profesionales en favor de la salud mental de sus niños. [Spanish version of "Children Entering Care: Mental Health Issues"]

2 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

Explora problemas de salud física comunes en niños que entran en cuidado temporal, y cómo los padres pueden colaborar con los profesionales que les proveen atención médica. [Spanish version of "Children Entering Care: Physical Health Issues"]

2 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

This Advanced Parenting Workshop addresses problematic sexual behavior in children in care. With the help of Dr. Silovsky and the teaching assistant, participants learn how to determine whether a child's sexual behavior is problematic and how to respond to a child's sexual behavior.

6 credit hours, $30.00 per person

Explores common mental health issues for children entering care, how disorders are diagnosed and treated, and how parents can work with professionals to support their children's mental health needs. [Also available in Spanish]

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores the role and challenges mandated child abuse reporters face during the reporting process and offers strategies for helping ensure subsequent investigations are not compromised. [Also available in Spanish]

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Parent-Child Attachment, Understanding Behavior in Foster Children, and Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused are included in Cluster 2.

12 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

Working Together with Primary Families, Cultural Issues in Parenting, and Trauma-Informed Parenting are included in Cluster 3.

8 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

Reducing Family Stress, The Impact of Fostering on Birth Children, and Foster Care to Adoption are included in Cluster 4.

10 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

Explora cómo ofrecer normalidad a los menores en cuidado temporal usando las normas razonables y prudentes de crianza. [Spanish version of "Supporting Normalcy"]

2 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

Examina cómo los padres pueden apoyar las diferencias culturales del niño, incluyendo las relativas a costumbres, creencias, orientación sexual e identidad de género, así como por qué es importante para un crecimiento y desarrollo general saludables. [Spanish version of "Cultural Issues in Parenting"]

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

Explora cómo los padres pueden cuidar de un niño y al mismo tiempo ser sensibles a sus experiencias pasadas. [Spanish version of "Trauma-Informed Parenting"]

2 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

The Child Welfare Team, Child Abuse & Neglect, Parent-Child Attachment, and Understanding Behavior in Foster Children are included in Cluster 1.

16 horas de crédito, $30.00 por persona

Child Development, Cultural Issues in Parenting, and Working Together with Primary Families are included in Cluster 2.

12 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused, Reducing Family Stress, and Foster Care to Adoption are included in Cluster 3.

12 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

El Dr. Robert Nickel y Susan Edelstein, tratan los desafíos a los que se enfrentan los padres que proveen cuidados a bebés expuestos a sustancias, incluyendo los efectos de drogas legales e ilegales, múltiples casos de abuso de drogas, el trabajo con el equipo de profesionales asignado al bebé, y estrategias exitosas en la crianza. [Spanish version of "Substance-Exposed Infants"]

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

This Advanced Parenting Workshop explores social and physical aggression in children. With the help of Dr. Delaney and his teaching assistant, participants learn how to support children with aggressive behavior.

6 credit hours, $30.00 per person

Explores common physical health issues for children entering care, and how parents can collaborate with health care providers to support their children's medical needs. [Also available in Spanish]

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores how to provide normalcy for youth in care using the reasonable and prudent parenting standards. [Also available in Spanish]

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores how parents can care for children who were prenatally exposed to substances or drug endangered.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

A pre-service course designed for individuals interested in caregiving which focuses on child maltreatment. Learn about the characteristics, symptoms and reporting standards for child maltreatment. Caution: contains graphic images. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

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. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Explores the range of openness in adoption, the birth connection, and birth relationships.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

The Child Welfare Team, Child Abuse & Neglect, and Child Development are included in Cluster 1.

12 horas de crédito, $30.00 por persona

Examines the spectrum of cooperation and noncompliance, from fearful cooperation to defiance, including the zone in the middle of the spectrum called self-assertion.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores how parents can care for a child while being sensitive to his or her past traumatic experiences. [Also available in Spanish]

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explora el desarrollo típico de un niño, los campos y las etapas de desarrollo, el temperamento y la compatibilidad, y los efectos del abuso y la negligencia en la salud y la conducta del menor. [Spanish version of "Child Development"]

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

Analiza el proceso y los desafíos de pasar del cuidado temporal a la adopción y ofrece sugerencias y consejos para ayudar a los miembros de la familia adoptiva en esa transición. [Spanish version of "Foster Care to Adoption"]

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

Analiza los desafíos a que se enfrentan las familias temporales en la pre-asignación, durante la asignación y después de la asignación, y ofrece sugerencias y consejos para ayudar a los hijos biológicos de la familia temporal durante esas etapas. [Spanish version of "The Impact of Fostering on Birth Children"]

2 horas de crédito, $10.00 por persona

Un curso de pre-servicio diseñado para personas interesadas en proveer cuidado temporal, centrado en el maltrato infantil. Aprenda las características, los síntomas y las normas de denuncias de maltrato infantil. Advertencia: contiene imágenes gráficas. [Spanish version of "Child Abuse & Neglect"]

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

Cubre la diferencia entre el apego saludable y el adverso, cómo la separación y la pérdida afectan el apego, y cómo la teoría del apego se aplica a la vida real. [Spanish version of "Parent-Child Attachment"].

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

Explora los beneficios y desafíos de establecer una relación de colaboración entre la familia temporal y la primaria, y ofrece estrategias para crear una comunicación respetuosa y positiva. [Spanish version of "Working Together with Primary Families"]

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

Analiza los efectos emocionales y de conducta del abuso sexual infantil en menores en crianza temporal y ofrece estrategias para ayudar a superar los retos a que se enfrentan los padres temporales. [Spanish version of "Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused"]

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

Cubre cómo funciona el sistema de bienestar del menor, propósitos y objetivos del sistema, términos clave, y quiénes son los miembros del equipo, así como sus funciones y responsabilidades, e incluye una sección adicional que trata sobre la forma de apoyar las relaciones entre hermanos de menores en cuidado temporal. [Spanish version of "The Child Welfare Team"]

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

This Advanced Parenting Workshop explores non-suicidal self-injury and other forms of self-injurious behavior. With the help of Dr. Delaney and his teaching assistant, participants develop an action plan to decrease or stop the self-injury.

6 credit hours, $30.00 per person

Covers fire play and fire setting and the differences between the two behaviors.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Analiza diferentes aspectos de agregar un niño a la familia y ofrece sugerencias de cómo preservar la estructura familiar y reducir el estrés causado por el cambio de dinámicas. [Spanish version of "Reducing Family Stress"]

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

Analiza comportamientos problemáticos en niños en crianza temporal y cómo los padres pueden entender el propósito de la conducta del niño mediante una observación detenida. [Spanish version of "Understanding Behavior in Foster Children"]

4 horas de crédito, $20.00 por persona

This Advanced Parenting Workshop introduces the spectrum of cooperation and noncompliance, then explores how trauma can affect a child’s ability to cooperate.

6 credit hours, $30.00 per person

Explores common reasons for taking things, including experimentation, intellectual disability, trauma history, and social or psychiatric problems.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

This Advanced Parenting Workshop explores the common reasons for taking things. With the help of Dr. Rick Delaney and his teaching assistant, participants develop an action plan.

6 credit hours, $30.00 per person

Explores how resource parent couples can resolve conflict and promote intimacy in the family through improved communication.

8 credit hours, $40.00 per person

Dr. Rick Delaney discusses how an understanding of the ABCs of behavior can help parents ward off angry outbursts.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores typical child development, developmental domains and stages, temperament and goodness of fit, and the effects of abuse and neglect on a child's health and behavior. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Michael F. Quinn, M.A., uses a professional childcare worker's approach to child safety, providing foster parents with effective supervision strategies and tools for collecting background information, making in-home observations, and making supervision adjustments.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Covers how the child welfare system works, purpose and goals of the system, key terms, who the child welfare team members are, as well as their roles and responsibilities, and includes a bonus section on supporting sibling relationships of children in care. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Examines how parents can support children’s cultural differences, including differences in customs, beliefs, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and why that is important to healthy growth and development. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Dr. Tanya M. Coakley discusses how culturally competent parenting can provide minority children an environment that respects and nourishes their sense of self. Please note: This course is being discontinued and will not be available for enrollment after December 1, 2022. The course, Cultural Issues in Parenting, can be taken in lieu of Culturally Competent Parenting.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores the process and challenges of moving from foster care to adoption and offers insight and advice for helping adoptive family members through those challenges. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Explores the foster home investigative process, Plans of Corrective Action, and the role of foster care investigators.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Charley Joyce, LICSW, discusses grief and loss related to removal and placement of a child, and how grief and loss impacts the child, birth parents, and foster caregivers. [Also available in Spanish]

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

This course shows how foster parents can observe safety rules for licensed or certified residential care facilities using self-inspections.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

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. [Also available in Spanish]

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Viewers will learn about family feuds, allegiance to birth parents, distance and defiance with kinship family.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Common behaviors addressed in this course include getting out of trouble, gaining attention, pathological, and getting others in trouble.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

This Advanced Parenting Workshop provides an in-depth study of lying. Participants work together to create an action plan for coping with lying.

6 credit hours, $30.00 per person

This course explores the difference between healthy and unhealthy attachment, how separation and loss affect attachment, and how attachment theory applies to real life. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Viewers learn how to use cooperation, tracking behavior, and encouragement as parenting techniques.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

This course discusses setting limits and behavior contracts as positive parenting techniques.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Healthy and unhealthy attachment, the emotionally promiscuous RAD child, the hyper-vigilant RAD child, RAD & other diagnoses are discussed in this course. Please note: This course will not be available for enrollment after December 1, 2022. FPC is currently creating a replacement course for this topic, which will include additional training on general attachment and trauma.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores adding a foster child to the family and offers insight into how to preserve the family structure and reduce stress caused by a changing dynamic. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Searching for roots, running from rules, running from love and intimacy, wanting to be wanted, and running to street crime.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Developing safety and treatment plans is discussed in the context of meeting state regulations and the individual child's needs. Please note: This course is being discontinued and will not be available for enrollment after December 1, 2022. The course, House Safety, can be taken in lieu of Safe Parenting.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Examines four types of sleep problems in children: fears about sleeping alone, frequent waking and roaming, nightmares and night terrors, and sleep problems and depression.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Dr. Robert Nickel and Susan Edelstein, M.S. discuss the issues and challenges faced by parents who care for substance-exposed infants, including the effects of legal and illegal drugs, multiple substance abuse, working with the child's professional team, and successful parenting strategies. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

What to expect before, during, and after visitation with birth parents and strategies for helping the foster child transition back to their foster home are examined in this course.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores problematic behavior in foster children and how foster parents can better understand the purpose of a child's behavior through careful observation. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Wetting as an emotional outlet, wetting as a self-defense, classic daytime or nighttime wetting, soiling and smearing feces, constipation and withholding stools and discussed in this course. Please note: This course will not be available for enrollment after December 1, 2022. FPC will be creating a new course to cover this topic.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores the benefits and challenges of building a working relationship between foster and primary families, and offers strategies for developing respectful, positive communication. [Also available in Spanish]

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Roles and responsibilities, entering a new school, working with the school staff, special education, and parent advocacy are discussed in this course.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Designed for agency staff and social workers - Rick Delaney, Ph.D. addresses issues of family dynamics aimed at increasing placement stability and improved lives for children in care. Please note: This course will not be available after December 1, 2022. This course was designed for social workers and will be discontinued. FPC plans to include some of the information geared toward resource parents on our site in the future.

4 credit hours, $30.00 per person

The Child Welfare Team, Child Abuse & Neglect, Parent-Child Attachment and Understanding Behavior in Foster Children are included in Cluster 1.

16 credit hours, $30.00 per person

Child Development, Cultural Issues in Parenting, and Working Together with Primary Families are included in Cluster 2.

12 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused, Reducing Family Stress, and Foster Care to Adoption are included in Cluster 3.

12 credit hours, $20.00 per person

The Child Welfare Team, Child Abuse & Neglect, and Child Development are included in Cluster 1.

12 credit hours, $30.00 per person

Parent-Child Attachment, Understanding Behavior in Foster Children, and Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused are included in Cluster 2.

12 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Working Together with Primary Families, Cultural Issues in Parenting, and Trauma-Informed Parenting are included in Cluster 3.

8 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Reducing Family Stress, The Impact of Fostering on Birth Children, and Foster Care to Adoption are included in Cluster 4.

10 credit hours, $10.00 per person