Lucas County Children Services, in cooperation with the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program, provides in-service training to licensed foster caregivers.
Courses are offered several times throughout the year
. Each course includes twelve sessions (Saturday-only all-day trainings cover two sessions each). Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent is welcome. There is no commitment up front, although attendance is mandatory to become licensed.
The curriculum includes:
Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Teambuilding
Session 3: Abuse & neglect; child development
Session 4: Attachment & separation
Session 5: Discipline
Session 6: Crisis management
Session 7: Cultural issues
Session 8: Working with primary families
Session 9: Effects of sexual abuse
Session 10: Effects of caregiving on the family
Session 11: Permanency issues for children
Session 12: Permanency issues for families
This program will enable you to make an informed decision about whether or not to become a foster parent.
Once you have completed this training and decided to become a foster parent, you will move on to the homestudy process