Foster Parent Training Policy
On 10/15/2011, DSHS implemented a new training policy for all licensed family foster homes (including private agency, Children’s Administration and licensed relative homes) which explains the time frames and training requirements for each licensing period.
First 3 Year Licensing Period (39 hours total)
Foster homes licensed after 10/15/2011 must complete the following classes:
- Complete the First Placement Course (3 hours)
- Be enrolled in or begin Parenting Plus Course (36 hours). This course must be completed by the end of the second licensing year.
If you take more than 39 hours during your first licensing period, you can carry over a maximum of 12 hours to your next licensing period.
Second 3 Year Licensing Period (30 hours total)
Foster homes licensed prior to 10/15/2011 have four years to complete the required Parenting Plus! course. Families who have already completed the Foster Parent Scope training are exempt from this requirement.
If you take more than 30 hours during your second licensing period, you can carry over a maximum of 12 hours to your next licensing period.
Third 3 Year Licensing Period (24 hours total)
If you have held your license for seven consecutive years, you only need to complete a total of 24 hours for this licensing period and each subsequent 3 year licensing period thereafter.
If you take more than 24 hours during your third licensing period, you can carry over a maximum of 12 hours to your next licensing period.
NOTE: If you have a break in service during any licensing period lasting more than 12 months, you must begin at the the beginning of your first licensing year requirements. Check with your licensor to determine if any exceptions on training credits apply.