Training Information

The Office of Training and Professional Development strives to offer foster parents relevant, current information to provide parents with the tools needed to raise a foster child in today’s ever changing world. 

The training DCS offers includes information to:

  • handle routine matters such as medical and psychological care, clothing needs, education and visitation with the birth family
  • provide foster parents with the skills needed to handle problems as they arise
  • develop problem-solving and teamwork skills
  •  teach foster parents the required ethical and legal standards for compliance
  • assist foster parents in anticipating the negative, critical or distrustful attitudes that foster children often exhibit
  • identify elements of the child’s behavior that can be attributed to the experience of being in foster care
  • build positive relationships with birth families and DCS staff