It is the philosophy of our agency that the foster parent is a critical member of our professional team serving
the needs of the youth in our care. All members of the team are expected to continue to learn and grow in
their ability to work with children . The agency will make this process easier for foster parents by providing
initial and continuing education. It is mandatory that the primary caretaker foster parent complete a
minimum of 20 hours of continuing education each certification year. However, if you are a couple, both
must complete first aid and CPR training as required.
The introductory training will cover the special needs of foster children, child development, the policies and
procedures of the agency, State of California regulations, Foster Pride and other topics to prepare the
foster parent for their task.
After initial training, the agency will provide on-going monthly training and support group meetings. These
trainings/meetings are a time of mutual support and encouragement, as well as, education. At this time, we
meet for formal presentation and discussion on a related topic each month. We also meet one time a
month or as needed for an informal discussion so that foster parents can find support/information from
other foster parents. Quarterly, we will offer a Saturday training to meet the needs of those that otherwise
have difficulty attending an evening session.
The agency’s administration/social workers are available to assist with any special needs you have with
your foster child. Our social workers are master level individuals with many specialties.
If attendance at continued training is a problem, then the foster parent may develop an alternative plan for
continuing education . Examples of such a plan would be taking a class on child development at a local
college, attending seminar(s) or a convention on foster parenting, or some other independent course of
study like a course on the internet. An alternate plan must be approved in advance and some of our offices
have training tapes available to assist those who are unable to attend the training meetings. Contact the
recruiter for your office regarding these items.