DHS provides training for our foster parents at no expense to the families. Training opportunities are offered throughout the year. Training enrollment is coordinated and arranged with your assigned DHS Resource Specialist.
DHS has created several web-delivered courses to help foster families access the information that they need. These courses were built with you in mind and cover some important topics for foster and adoptive families. These courses can be accessed on the web at any time and generally take about 1 hour to complete. But if you don’t have time to finish a course you have the ability to come back and start where you left off.
DHS Child Welfare has made a series of 19 videos available to foster parents. These videos provide specialized training in topics relevant to many foster families. foster parents can earn 1 hour of training credit (for a maximum of 9 hours a year) with Child Welfare by viewing the video and passing a 15 question quiz concerning the information covered in the video.
There are several training opportunities available to you at the website of the National Resource Center for Youth Services, including Foster Parent College. When foster parents register for online training at this website, their selected courses are pre-paid.
Foster Parent Pre-Service Training
Completion of the Guiding Principles for Oklahoma Foster Families, the 9 session 27 hour pre-service curriculum, is mandatory training to become an DHS foster family.
Attendance is required for each day. Each class builds on information from previous classes. Due to space and the nature of the material, class size is limited. If you are interested in this training please contact your resource specialist and they can assist you with enrollment and additional information on location and start time.
The training will cover the following:
- Protecting and nurturing the children who have been abused, emotionally maltreated, or neglected.
- Learning what foster parents can do to promote healthy development.
- Understanding the importance of promoting safety for children who have experienced trauma.
- Supporting relationships between children and their parents, siblings, and kin, as specified by OKDHS
- Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships and collaborating with OKDHS as a team member
Foster Parent In-service Training
Becoming a foster family utilizes a 3-hour curriculum to introduce the concepts and expectations of the approach to a child welfare practice to current foster parents. This training is mandatory for all foster parents who received pre-service training prior to July 2007.
Annual In-Service Training
All foster parents are to complete 12 hours of continuing in-service training per calendar year on subjects that promote their skills and interests as providers. The training is provided in the following formats:
- DHS offices provide free in-service training options to foster families, including conferences, video and taped instruction, and literature.
- Internet instruction through recognized state and private foster care agencies is accepted as meeting in-service training requirements. The foster family provides to the resource specialist the certificate of training, if available, from the training source, listing the completed approved hours.
- Foster families have options in selecting classes, conferences, reading materials, or other learning opportunities that enhance their skills as providers and meet the in-service training requirement. Prior approval from the resource specialist is secured to ensure a common understanding of credit for each event.
- Foster families can also attend Adoptive Parent Training days which are offered twice per year for training credit
The Oklahoma Autism Network 2011 Training Schedule is now available and can be viewed on-line at their website. The schedule provides a brief description of each training being offered, the date and city of the trainings, and a Registration form. If you would like to attend any of the trainings, fill out the Registration form and fax, email or mail the form at least 7 days prior to the training. There is no charge for the training.