December 23rd, 2006
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It is that time of year again. Yes, training hours for foster care will be due at the end of the month. With our busy and crazy households you sometimes overlook your last few hours needed. Maybe, your just like me and wait until the last minute. I will give you a few ideas and web sites to check out. Please be sure and check with your agency to see if the training will count towards your needed hours. Reading books and doing a report on it is an idea. If your agency allows this they may have a form to fill out, so check with them.

http://www.fosterparentnet.org/

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This foster care web page (above) offers a 3 credit hours on “Substance Abuse”. You will read serval pages on the topic and then answer questions. A prompt will appear for you to type you name as you want it to appear on the certificate of participation. You can then print the certificate to present to your agency. This is FREE!!!

http://www.fosterclub.com/training/index

You will need an email account for this web page (above). You will have to register to take their training. They offer training in the areas of bio families, court system, education, mental health, special needs children, and youth transition to adulthood. Most of the training is for a 1 credit hour. There are a few that are 2 or 3 credit hours. You will read the infortation and take a quiz. You can print your quiz results that states “Passed” and the training will be kept in your grade book. This is FREE!!!

http://www.fosterparenttraining.com/cgi-bin/cart/agora.cgi?cart_id=8348031.40687*bC2rc0&xm=on&product=NewMembership

This site (above) you will pay for a annual membership fee. Sorry, I have not used them, so I help more.

http://www.fosterparentstest.com/store/index.htm

This site (above) covers a lot of different areas of training for foster parents. You will read the materials and then take a quiz. You can then download your certificate. I have used this site before and it is pretty easy, not too expensive.

I hope this information will help you in your time crunch. Best of luck and happy reading.

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.”
David McCullough

2 Responses to “Training Hours – Do You Need Them?”

  1. vstil says:

    I think the hardest thing for foster parents is to locate resources outside an agency that will help them since many state departments won’t recommend programs. The responsibility falls to the agencies themselves who are often overworked and have little free time to look at new developments.

    Organizations and companies with a passion to help this situation are left to try to get the word out to parents themselves. The online world is helping this by companies like Foster Parent College at http://www.fosterparentcollege.com that offers online training courses for specific behavior problems or emotional disorders in children.

    The courses are easy to follow videos by Dr. Richard Delaney and other professionals. They include a summary and interactive questions at the end. Each course provides a certificate for 2 hours training and is already accepted in US 22 states and 3 countries.

    If you don’t have fast internet connection, a special dial up service for easy downloads and/or dvd’s are also available.

    What I like about this method is that it’s not heavy reading, the video format can be paused for interruptions and can be done in the convenience of your own home and on your own time. It’s also inexpensive – $8 per course.

    This organization is truly a blessing for foster parents needing first rate, professional resources to deal with their foster kids.

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