- DSHS Resource Family Training
Training, both pre-service and ongoing training is available from the Washington State Department of
Social And Health Services.
Guardians of dependent children and kinship families are welcome to attend all classes provided
statewide by the Resource Family Institute,
free of charge, whether or not you are licensed.
- Fostering Together
Your first step to the foster care or adoption process begins with foundations training. Use the following navigation list to select the type of training you
are interested in.
Washington DSHS Orientation & Training Overview
|Provider / Title
||Attend an orientation session in person where an overview of the foster/adoptive process is
reviewed and you have the opportunity to ask questions. You are required to take the DSHS
orientation in addition to an orientation with A Family For Every Child Adoption Agency.
||Varies by Region
|Varies by Region.
|Varies by Region
| Online Orientation
||This orientation provides the information you need in order to be approved for foster/adopt.
While you can complete the orientation online, in person orientations give you an
opportunity for personal questions to be answered.
Caregiver Core Training
|Module One: Awareness
Knowledge & Skills
Provides the participant with information and insight to determine if
becoming a caregiver is a good choice for themselves and their family. Module One is
designed to provide an awareness of foster parents and foundational information. This
training includes the following: introduction to the child welfare system, the effects of
trauma, grief and loss, attachment, cultural team work and advocacy and the effects on the
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.
Module Two is designed to provide and give the
participant a foundation of knowledge and skills for their tool box be successful a
caregiver/parent. Training includes the following: engaging families, the impact of trauma
on child development, behavior management and ultimately getting prepared to take a
child(ren) into their home and hearts.
There is no cost to take the training, but space is limited so YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER by providing
your name(s), mailing address, phone and e-mail address (if applicable). 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 call and cancel as soon as possible.
Additional Online Training
- NetLink Trainings / Child
Welfare Partnership (by District)
NetLink is an interactive, dynamic distance delivery training option that allows caregivers
to receive training alongside other caregivers around the state in their homes or local
branches. (Read more...)
- Foster Parent College
- Foster Parent College (FPC) offers affordable research-based training for foster, adoptive,
and kinship parents. Using the World Wide Web, this self-driven online foster parent
training is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Adoption Mosaic
- Adoption Mosiac is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing educational resources and
ongoing support to all those whose lives are influenced by adoption. (Read more...)
County DHS Orientations and Training by Region