DSHS Orientation

Provider / Title Description Location Upcoming Orientation Phone
In-Person Orientation 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. You must attend the DSHS orientation before you can complete your Caregiver Core Training classes. Varies by Region
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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 answerd. Families who choose to work with A Family For Every Child Adoption Agency can skip steps 2 and 4 in the online orientation.      
Keep the Beat CPR & First Aid Training Keep the Beat is a required 8–hour free training that all potential foster and adoptive parents must take. The training will cover CPR, first aid, HIV⁄AIDS, and blood–borne pathogens. Click the link to the left to learn more. Click on one of the links to the right to sign up for a class in your area. Regions 1 & 2 Eastern WA
Regions 3 & 4 Puget Sound
Regions 5 & 6 South of sound and coast areas
Varies by location. Use links at the left to find an upcoming training class in your area. Varies by location. Use links at the left to find contact information for training providers in your area.

Alliance Caregiver Training, Region 3 — November 2017

Caregiver Core Training

Caregiver Core Training is mandatory for caregivers to become licensed.

The 24-hour Caregiver Core Training is made up of eight sessions (each three hours long) and a break for a field experience at the mid-point.

The sessions are designed to help you understand how the system works, what your role is as a member of the team, how to effectively work with birth families in order to best support the child, how caregiving may impact your own family, child development and the impact of trauma, all about attachment, how to incorporate and honor a child's culture into your own family, and more. The sessions include the voices of former foster youth, current caregivers and birth parents who have been involved with the system.

Length :
24 Hours
Prerequisite :
None
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Emotion Coaching

Emotion Coaching is a research based method from the Talaris Institute and the Gottman Institute that gives caregivers a way to help children learn about emotions. Research shows that when caregivers value and guide emotions using this important method, children do better in many ways.

Emotion Coaching helps prepare children from birth to 5 years old for the challenges they face throughout their lifetime. A child’s ability to delight in the happy times and recover from the bad ones is a key part of emotional health. By learning and practicing the 5 steps of Emotion Coaching, you can make an important investment in a child’s future.

Length :
2 Hours
Prerequisite :
None
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INTRODUCTION TO POSITIVE DISCIPLINE

An Introduction to Positive Discipline is a 2-hour in-service level training for foster, kinship and suitable adult caregivers. This introductory training will help caregivers learn the basic parenting approach of the Positive Discipline model by providing several group activities and discussions based in real life scenarios. Positive Discipline focuses on teaching valuable social and life skills to children instead of using any form of punishment, rewards, praise, permissiveness or logical consequences. Positive Discipline focuses on helping participants learn how to use effective discipline that is kind and firm, creates connection before correction, is empowering and encouraging to children to believe in their own capability, and keeps the joy in caregiving.

Length :
2 Hours
Prerequisite :
None
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INTRODUCTION TO THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT (ICWA) FOR CAREGIVERS

This 3-hour In-Service level training provides Caregivers with an introduction to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), tribal sovereignty and the impacts on foster parenting. The Indian Child Welfare Act obliges child welfare agencies and caregivers to take certain steps to protect and preserve the rights and cultural and familial connections of children covered by the act. For non-Federally recognized tribes (and in other circumstances), Washington State enacted policy related to Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committees (LICWACs) to staff tribal cases and these impacts and supports are also discussed.

Length :
3 Hours
Prerequisite :
None
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Caregiver Core Training

In order to sign up for training Washington foster parents now need to register through the Alliance Website.
For more information on the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence click here.
For a link directly to the registration form please click here.

Module One:  Awareness   Field Experience   Module Two: 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 care-giving family.
 
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.

Provider / Title Description Location Upcoming Orientation Phone
Washington
Pre-Service Training
The state of Washington requires families who wish to foster or adopt to complete 27–hours of Caregiver Core Training (formerly known as PRIDE). This training is free. Caregiver Core Training is broken up into two modules, and Module 1 must be taken before Module 2. Click the Washington Pre–Service Training link to the left to be taken to the UW Alliance Training Catalog for a list of upcoming training dates in your county. Scroll to page 2 of the training catalog, and click on your region next to "Caregiver Core Training". You should email or call the contact listed on those pages to register for the training. Varies by Region
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Fostering Together Fostering Together provides information and links to DSHS Orientation, Caregiver Core Training classes, and Keep the Beat CPR & First Aid classes in a user–friendly format. Select the region you live in to find classes near you. Varies by Region
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Varies by location. Click the Fostering Together link at left to find upcoming trainings near you. Varies by location. Click the Fostering Together link at left to find contact information for training providers in your area.


Additional Online and In–Person Training

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.
UW Alliance Online Training Videos
UW Alliance offers caregivers free training videos on a variety of adoption topics, including behavioral challenges, FASD, ADHD, working with physically aggressive your, and more.
Adoption Learning Partners Webinars
Adoption Learning Partners offer webinars for a small fee to foster and adoptive families. Families can receive training credit hours for each webinar they complete.
Foster Care and Adoptive Community training
Foster Care and Adoptive Community Training offers online training courses for foster and adoptive parents for a small fee. Certificates with training credit hours are issued upon completion of the training course.
UW Alliance In–Service Training
Upcoming free trainings hosted by DSHS for foster and adoptive parents. A list of upcoming training classes starts on page 29.
UW Alliance Focused Training
Upcoming free trainings hosted by DSHS for foster and adoptive parents.


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