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Be sure to check with your agency in advance of taking any training to see whether the agency will grant credit!
Foster Parent College
The College offers a wide range of on-line training for parents and others. It was evaluated by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare and given top marks for "Relevance to Child Welfare."
Washington State Resource Parent Training Institute
Has a wide range of excellent free video trainings. Certificates are offered upon completion. Also see information below under “For Youth” about an excellent video by and for youth.
Foster Care and Adoptive Community Training
Offers 121 courses (5 interactive) with new topics added frequently. Course cost averages approximately $2/credit hour. Approved by MD Board of Social Work Examiners and Virginia Board of Social Work for CEUs.
DC mandated reporter training
Well-designed, self-paced training contains definitions, examples, and warning signs of child abuse and neglect, numerous links to resources and DC legal codes, helpful tips for mandated reporters, and interactive learning checks to confirm you learned important concepts. Ceritifcate upon completion.
Informational sites (may offer training)
Special Education Issues
Lab School of Washington
Monthly evening lectures for parents and professionals on parenting a child with learning disabilities, ADD, behavioral and mental health issues. The informal structures and small audiences allow for question and answer periods and lengthy discussions, with opportunity to ask individualized questions. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the learning-disabled child, learn strategies to help that child, and have an opportunity to share their own thoughts and feelings.
Occasional lecture series on issues related to parenting children with learning disabilities
DCASE - DC Association for Special Education
Site has links to many area special education programs, legislation, etc.
Substance Abuse Prevention
A Family Guide To Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy & Drug Free
A public education web site developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help parents and other caring adults promote children's mental health and reduce risk for involvement with alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. Includes links to a mental health dictionary, a series of brochures, Tips for Teens, which provides facts and dispel myths about substance use, and much more.
Sections for young people in care and for their adult supporters, including foster parent training, (although that is currently being redesigned, so not listed above). Website also serves as a hub of information relating to foster care, including articles, questions and answers, message boards, contests, discussion of foster care topics, and even biographies of famous people who grew up in care. (Who knew Eriq LaSalle and Alonzo Mourning grew up in care?)
Back on Track
34 minute video by and for youth in care - very useful to orient young people entering the system, even though some information is specific to Washington State. Probably useful from upper elementary school through teen years.
C.A.S.E. is a private, non-profit organization that provides post-adoption counseling and adoption-competent training to families, educators, child welfare staff, and mental health providers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C Offerings include webinars. Fees vary – see program schedule.
Adoptions Together is a private, non-profit agency with a comprehensive array of programs and services, including on-going education and support designed to ensure healthy, lifelong family bonds. Educational programs for parents and professionals include in-person classes, on-line and on-demand seminars, and educational conferences. Fees vary – see program schedule on website.