Session 1

The first session is designed to help you understand the Child Welfare System: its rules and language and your role as part of the team surrounding and supporting the children in care. This sessions includes the voices of caregivers as well as birth parents who have been involved with the system. We also explore the impact on your family of opening your home to children in out of home care.

Field Experience

Information and Resources will be provided at class. This experience is for the potential foster parent, relative/kinship caregiver and/or foster adoptive to connect with the foster parents and may include attending a support group, talking to another foster parent, connecting with their Fostering Together liaison, completing on-line learning, etc.

Session 2

The second set of classes focuses primarily on understanding a basic framework for parenting children in out of home care. We cover child development, attachment, trauma, grief and loss. We will also dive in to cultural considerations and how race/ethnicity and culture can influence how we connect with children, interpret behavior and maintain children’s cultural connections. We will conclude our training with the nuts and bolts of getting ready as well as the voices of former foster youth.


Families will need to register for classes online. The registration process can be completed on the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence website. For printable class registration information, Click Here.
If you experience trouble registering or have questions about the trainings, please contact the trainer by phone/email at the contact information provided below. There is no cost to take this training, but space is limited so YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER.  If you need special accommodations, please notify the trainer at least two weeks in advance.  Neither childcare or food is provided for these classes, so please make prior arrangements if necessary. If unable to attend the class for which you have registered, please cancel as soon as possible.