Pre-Licensing Training Period
Orientation Training (3 hours)
This orientation provides the information you need to apply for a home study with Department of Children, Youth, and Families. This is the first step in the licensing process.
- Attend an orientation class in person. You will be given a licensing application packet and have the chance to ask questions of a licensor with the Licensing Division. For a list of classes in your area, click here.
- Watch the Online Orientation in English.
- Watch the Online Orientation in Spanish.
Please check with your local DCYF office, as some areas require you to attend a combined orientation and CCT class.
Caregiver Core Training (24 hours)
The Caregiver Core Training provides information to foster, adoptive, relative/kinship families, and respite providers. Some of the topics covered include: how children enter care; child development; attachment, loss, and grief; behavior management; adoption; and how foster care might impact your family. For a class in your area, click here. Caregiver Core Training is available in-person and online.
CPR/First Aid/BBP Training
The Department of Children, Youth, and Families has partnered with Keep the Beat CPR and First Aid Training to offer free CPR/First Aid/BBP trainings statewide. These services are available to ALL families pursuing foster care licensing and current caregivers of foster children, including kinship care providers, relative providers, and DCYF adoptive and guardianship families.