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Foster Parent College

FosterParentCollege.com® (FPC) provides innovative, research-based, interactive online courses for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents. Our self-paced training is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From the comfort of home, parents can enroll, complete a course, and receive a certificate of completion in a single session. The content is developed by nationally recognized experts in the fields of parenting, social work, pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, and education. FPC courses are valued by foster care agencies and praised by caregivers.

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Many Lucas County Children Services licensed homes have mandatory training requirements.
Independent living, educational advocacy, normalcy, behavioral management are some topics ODJFS requires of some caregivers. 
Please check with your caseworker to see if your home needs any of the approved mandatory training sessions below:

Anger Outburst
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Virtual-Self Lead/Self-Paced
Course Category: Behavior Management
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours, 1 training unit
Cost: $10.00
In this course, Rick Delaney, Ph.D. covers four types of anger outbursts in children: temper tantrums, assaultive behavior toward other children, rage toward the mother, and erratic or unpredictable anger. For each type of anger outburst, Dr. Delaney gives viewers insight into possible reasons for the behavior, as well as practical and immediate steps parents can take to deal with their child’s particular type of anger outburst. Also provided are general steps for all foster or adoptive parents who are caring for a child with an anger problem. This course includes interactive exercises and supplemental handouts. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify possible causes for temper tantrums, assaultive behavior towards other children, rage
  • Toward the mother, and erratic or unpredictable anger in foster and adoptive children
  • Understand ways children express anger
  • List warning signs of serious anger problems
  • Identify when to seek the assistance of a qualified therapist
  • List positive, immediate steps that can be used to deal with temper tantrums
  • Outline effective strategies parents can use with violent and assaultive children and youth

Anger Pie
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*note- specific to anger outbursts in 5- to- 10-year-old children)
Virtual-Self Lead/Self-Paced
Course Category: Behavior Management
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours, 1 training unit
Cost: $10.00
Rick Delaney, PhD discusses the ABCs of behavior in relation to anger outbursts in 5- to- 10-year-old children. Understanding the Antecedent, Bias/Behavior and Consequences of children’s challenging behaviors can help parents anticipate, successfully handle, and help change anger outbursts. Also discussed are the impacts of child maltreatment on behavior, warning signs of anger outbursts, positive and negative consequences of behavior, healthy anger, and when to seek professional help. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the ABCs of anger outbursts
  • Identify antecedents and consequences of anger outbursts
  • Understand how past experience influences bias
  • Describe how bias influences behaviors
  • Give examples of positive and negative consequences
  • Describe healthy anger

Anger-Advanced Parenting Workshop
Virtual-Self Lead/Self-Paced
Course Category: Advanced Parenting Workshop
Credit Hours: 6 credit hours, 3 training units
Cost: $30.00
In this workshop, participants learn about the types and components of anger. A case study is introduced, and participants collaborate to identify the components of an outburst and how it is influenced by the child’s biases and beliefs. They then develop an action plan for the case family, with guidance and assistance by Dr. Richard Delaney and his teaching assistants. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the ABCs (components) of anger
  • Learn the types of anger outbursts
  • Identify warning signs for serious anger problems
  • Distinguish between unhealthy and healthy anger
  • Know when to seek help
  • Develop and implement an action plan for coping with anger

Supporting Normalcy
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Virtual-Self Lead/Self-Paced
Course Category: Pre-Service Trainings
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours, 1 training unit
Cost: $10.00
Children in care should have as close to a normal life as possible, and be able to engage in the same positive youth activities as children who are not in care. The reasonable and prudent parenting standards were developed by each state so parents would have the necessary guidelines to encourage normalcy. This course explores how to provide normalcy for youth in care using the prudent parenting standards. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe “normalcy” and “reasonable and prudent parenting standards”
  • List three benefits of youth activities
  • List seven questions to ask yourself when making prudent parenting decisions
  • Understand how to advocate for children’s participation in an activity
  • Understand that each state has its own reasonable and prudent parenting standards
  • Know how the Foster Children’s Bill of Rights and the Foster Parent’s Bill of Rights promote normalcy

Working with Schools
Virtual-Self Lead/Self-Paced
Course Category: Parenting Strategies
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours, 1 training unit
Cost: $10.00
Karen Jorgenson, M.A. and Ginger Gorham, M.S. examine problems frequently encountered when working with a child’s school and offer simple, positive guidance to foster parents on developing a working relationship with schools. Ms. Jorgenson and Ms. Gorham also discuss building a school-parent team, roles and responsibilities of the foster parent and the school, special education, homework strategies, and dealing with difficult behaviors at school. Handouts are included. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify reasons children in care experience significant school problems
  • Identify members of a school “team”
  • state school and foster parent roles and responsibilities
  • Identify strategies to help a child transition to a new school
  • Identify ways to advocate for your child when dealing with schools
  • Describe the role of the parent in the special education process
  • List strategies for overcoming homework struggles
  • Identify methods for dealing with difficult behaviors at school

Public Licensed Caregiver Registration Instructions:
You may elect to take training sessions that are directly related to your Individual Training Needs Assessment (ITNA). However, you MUST check with your caseworker PRIOR to taking any outside training sessions. Training sessions that are not pre-approved by your caseworker will NOT count towards your training hours. Please address all questions about your specific training needs (ITNA) and (re)certification to your caseworker.
– Click on REGISTER ONLINE button above and fill out the online registration form
– Cost for each course is waived.

Private Caregiver Registration Instructions:
Register directly through Foster Parent College’s website and pay course fee(s).

Foster Parent College registration webpage