DHS provides training for foster parents at no expense. Training opportunities are offered throughout the year. Training enrollment is coordinated and arranged with your resource specialist.
Foster Parent Pre-Service Training
Completion of pre-service training is mandatory to become a foster parent.
Each class builds on information learned in previous classes. Due to space limitations and the nature of the material, class sizes are limited. If you are interested in this training, please contact your resource specialist to enroll and receive information about the dates, times and locations.
The training will cover the following:
- Protecting and nurturing the children who have been abused, emotionally maltreated, or neglected;
- Methods to promote healthy development;
- The importance of promoting safety for children who have experienced trauma;
- Supporting relationships between children and their parents, siblings, and kin, as specified by DHS; and
- Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships and collaborating with DHS as a team member
Foster Parent In-Service Training
There are several training opportunities available at the website of the National Resource Center for Youth Services, including Foster Parent College and the Foster Care and Adoptive Community. When DHS foster parents register for online training at this website, their selected courses are pre-paid.
DHS provides several online courses to help foster families access the information they need when it is most convenient. The courses cover important topics and take roughly one hour to complete. If you don’t have time to finish a course, you can pause and then come back and start where you left off at a later time. These training courses are available through the Learning Management System.
Foster parents can also receive training credit when they attend support groups, applicable conferences, or read books or articles related to parenting. Contact your Resource Specialist to determine what other in-service training opportunities are available.
Parenting Video Trainings
Oklahoma Autism Network Training
The Oklahoma Autism Network Training Schedule is now available and can be viewed on their website. The schedule provides a brief description of each training, the date and city of the training, 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 seven days prior to the training. There is no charge for the training.