3 Educational Resources for Foster Parents

Foster parenting can be both rewarding and challenging. That is why foster families need as many tools at their disposal as possible as well as the support of friends, families, and community. While your local and state Family and Children’s Services are a wealth of training and information, there are plenty of other great resources to tap into. Here’s a look at just a few:

The Child Welfare Information Gateway 

The CWIG has a wealth of information for foster care providers and is endorsed by The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and the Children’s Bureau.  It provides general training in various formats and topic-specific education (for example, ADHD).

Foster Parent College

The FPC offers online training 24/7 for foster parents, caregivers, and teachers.  It describes its content as “nationally recognized training, multimedia learning, and taught by experts.”  The college is endorsed by the National Foster Parent Association, Foster Family-Based Treatment Association, The Canadian Foster Family Association, and The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse. Its approvals include CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the National Adoption Center, and the National Center on Adoption and Permanency.

Foster Care and Adoptive Community

This online community is a credible website is approved for Social Worker/MFT CEU credits by several states (listed alphabetically on the FPAC’s home page) and is a source for several different online foster care parent training topics.  However, if you’re seeking to earn mandatory training with DFCS, always check with your state to find out how many credits of training that each course is worth in that particular state and how much online training will count towards official training (as opposed to personal and family enrichment only). This is true for any online foster parent course.

Some tips for finding additional resources:

Good luck – and happy, healthy foster parenting!