Module 1: Orientation
OCWTP Self-directed course, 1 hour
Introduces the child welfare system and the Homestudy process. Participants also explore the differences between foster care, adoption, and kinship care.

Module 2: The Child Welfare Team
Virtual Instructor Lead Training, 2 hours
Discusses the history and goals of the child welfare system and examines the role of foster care, kinship and adoptive families within the system.

Module 3: Child Development
Foster Parent College, 4 hours
Explores typical child development, developmental domains and stages, temperament and goodness of fit, and the effects of abuse and neglect on a child’s health and behavior.

Module 4: Youth Development
Virtual Instructor Lead Training, 2 hours
Explores the necessity of normalcy for youth in care and Introduces the concept of the reasonable and prudent parenting standard. Participants will also consider how to prepare youth for independent living.

Module 5: Child Abuse and Neglect
Foster Parent College, 4 hours
Examines the characteristics, symptoms and reporting standards for child abuse and neglect. Caution: contains graphic images

Module 6: Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
Foster Parent College, 4 hours
Explores the emotional and behavioral effects of child sexual abuse on children in care and offers strategies to help overcome the challenges foster parents face.

Module 7: Minimizing the Trauma of Placement
Virtual Instructor Lead Training, 2 hours
Addresses strategies families can use to help the child feel safe and accepted in their home and community. The importance of gathering background information and maintaining connections is stressed.

Module 8: Working Together with Primary Families
Foster Parent College, 4 hours
Explores the benefits and challenges of building a working relationship between foster and primary families, and offers strategies for developing respectful, positive communication.

Module 9: Cultural Issues in Parenting
Foster Parent College, 4 hours
Examines how parents can support children’s cultural development and why that is important to their healthy growth and development.

Module 10: Effects of Caregiving
Virtual Instructor Lead Training, 2 hours
Examines the impact of foster care, kinship care, and adoption on individuals and families. Participants are introduced to coping strategies that combat burnout and secondary traumatic stress.

Module 11: Understanding Behavior in Foster Children
Foster Parent College, 4 hours
Explores problematic behavior in foster children and how foster parents can better understand the purpose of a child’s behavior through careful observation.

Module 12: Adult, Child, and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED Red Cross
Self-Directed course, 3 hours
Prepares you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children, and infants.

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