Foster Parent Training

Training Requirements

Foster parents need to complete Core Training (12 hours) prior to becoming licensed. Foster parents then need an additional 15 hours of training within the first 3 months of being licensed, and 20 more hours within the first year of licensure. For example, if you are licensed on 1/1/14, you need to complete 15 hours of training by 4/1/14, and 20 more training hours by 12/31/14, for a total of 35 hours during the initial year of licensure. Every foster parent is required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of training for each subsequent year of licensure. 

CPR/First Aid training credit can NOT be counted in the first year of licensure, but CPR/First Aid renewal hours can be counted toward ongoing training during subsequent years of licensure. 

New and/or prospective foster parents can earn training credit by watching our webinar, completing this survey and/or attending an open house. Please let your licensing worker know if you have completed any of these sessions during the initial licensing process.


Core Training

Core Training must be completed prior to becoming a licensed foster parent. This training is offered at all 3 of the Kids Crossing offices, please see below for upcoming Core Training dates. Kids Crossing does try to work around schedules as much as possible, so please contact the individuals below concerning any scheduling conflicts. If you have a certificate documenting past completion of Core Training, an Agency Orientation class may be more appropriate. Please contact your licensing worker for more information. Current foster parents are also welcome to attend for additional training credit. Daycare is not provided at the trainings.

Colorado Springs

This is a TWO DAY class.  Both days are required.


Adoption Training Through El Paso County

Foster Parents in the process of adopting need to complete this training. View the 2017 scheduled here!
 
For more information, or to learn more about current training dates, contact Tracy Lientz at (719) 444-5974

Basic Competencies

Basic Competency training must be completed on an annual basis, and one quiz per licensed foster parent must be completed for individual credit. All foster parents will be provided with a notebook upon licensure. Please speak with your home coordinator regarding any questions/concerns, or download the competency modules here:


Support Groups

Pueblo - Held the 1st Tuesday of every month from 930 to 1130am. Please contact Roxann Cadwell


Beyond Consequences

Kids Crossing has one certified Beyond Consequences trainer on staff, Dave Williams in Pueblo. We hold large group trainings and individualized coaching for foster parents. Please check back for upcoming trainings, and feel free to visit the Beyond Consequences website for more information on this training. 


Upcoming Training Events

Be sure to Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on training opportunities and community events!

Colorado Springs-  Look at the new 2017 schedule below!

Ongoing Training Opportunities - Offered through the Colorado Child Welfare Training System. Click here to find and register for a class. Registration is free.

Free Financial Training Opportunities through ENT Federal Credit Union - Visit the ENT Website for more information.


Training Videos and Downloads

Download the 2017 Training Schedule for Colorado Springs

Power Struggles Slideshow and complete the questionnaire for 1 hour of training credit.

Summer Safety packet of information and complete the questionnaire for 2 hours of training credit!

We've uploaded some tutorials for building de-escalation tools on our YouTube channel. Foster parents can complete a video report form for 1 hour of training credit, or speak with your home coordinator to participate in the training on your next home visit! 

View the Emergency Preparedness Training video on YouTube, and download the questionnaire to submit for 1 hour of training credit. 


CPR and First Aid

All foster parents must be CURRENT in their CPR/First Aid Certification, and both Adult CPR and Infant-Child CPR & First Aid is required. You may receive your training anywhere, however, it cannot be online. Please see the information below regarding regularly used trainers for all three office locations:
 
Colorado Springs - Mark Schaeffer, certified trainer since 1991, teach fun, low stress classes! He is available to teach classes in your home or in a smaller group setting. Call Mark at (719) 205-0003 or email him to schedule your training.
 
Below are upcoming training dates held at the Colorado Springs office. Please note all Wednesday classes are held from 6 to 10pm, and all Saturday classes are held from 9am to 1pm.
 
Cost is $50, including CPR and First Aid certification, or $40 for CPR or First Aid only. Infant-Child and Adult CPR and First Aid certification is included, and certification is good for 2 years.

RSVP to Mark Schaeffer for class - 719.205.0003

 
Denver - Darlene Staten can be reached at (720) 621-1141 to schedule a training. The above pricing may not apply.
 
Pueblo - Contact Phil Pacheco at (719) 334-1328, or Renee Beauvais at (719) 251-8878. Cost and availability may vary.

Foster Parent Training Resources

Online Resources:

FosterClub.com is free for foster families and is affiliated with the National Network for Youth in Foster care.

The Colorado State Foster Parent Association offers training, and has partnered with a few local and national ogranizations to offer affordable resources to foster parents.

The National Foster Parent Association features more information about training and ongoing issues for foster parents.  

FosterParentTraining.com offers ongoing training for foster families and requires an annual fee.

 

Books and Videos:

Foster Parents can complete a book or video report for up to 2 hours of training credit. Download report forms here:

Here are some of our favorite books and videos. Click the links for additional recommendations, or speak with your home coordinator. 

Books

A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer, author of many other favorites related to a foster child's experience
The Women who Raised Me: A Memoir, by Victoria Rowell
A Knock on the Door: Stories by Biological Parents who Have Children in Foster Care

Videos

The Blind Side
Despicable Me
I am Sam

Watch the powerful short-film ReMoved about the emotional journey of a child within the foster care system.

A CU graduate and foster care alumnus is creating the film ONE. Check back for more information.