Pre Service Training
Utah State regulations require that prospective foster families receive pre-service trainings in order to be license. At Redwood Therapy and Youth Services we offer the trainings and insights of being a foster family. Education on topics such as responsibilities of being a foster family, potential emotional and behavioral issues that may arise with the children that could be placed in their home, and how Redwood Therapy and Youth Services works with both the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJS) and the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS).
Prospective foster parents are required to complete 32 hours of training prior to licensure. In order to begin training, you must complete a criminal background check. Training sessions will be arranged either in your home or at a designated location. Below is a list of some pre-service training items that will be covered.
Class 1: Orientation, the role and goals of Agencies and Foster parent(s)
This is an overview of foster care, kinship care and adoption. A brief history of the Child Welfare system is given along with the Department of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS) and Utah Division of Child & Family’s (DCFS) current practice principles. The concept of Child & Family Team Meetings is discussed as well as defining roles and responsibilities for foster parents. Code of Conduct, Abuse reporting law, home study will also be discussed.
Class 2: Abuse and Neglect
The foster parent will be provided with an overview of what defines child abuse and neglect, how to recognize indicators of maltreatment in children and the dynamics in families in which abuse and neglect might occur. We will also define the types of sexual abuse, the dynamics of that abuse and characteristics of children who have been sexually abused. How parents and caregivers can best facilitate healing for these children will also be identified.
Class 3: Trauma Informed Care
The foster parent(s) will understand the impact that traumatic experiences will have on a child. They will learn the symptoms and appropriate ways to dealing with traumatic responses. The foster parent(s) will also learn the effects of separation for the child and birth family and how to help children handle feelings of sadness, loss, anxiety and anger. The negative impact of multiple placements is explored and the benefits of birth family involvement discussed. The family will also learn the stages of psycho social development in children and adolescents.
Class 4: Self Care for the foster family
This class will discuss self-care techniques that have been effective for other foster families.
Class 5: Love and Logic parenting
Class discussion revolves around appropriate and effective uses of discipline. Training will identify the benefits of having a strategic system or method for dealing with children and teenagers who make poor decisions and struggle to follow instructions. An introduction to The Love and Logic philosophy will be presented with coaching on how to implement certain strategies.
Class 6: Cultural Sensitivity
The importance of recognizing each child’s cultural roots as well as the difference between race, ethnicity and gender are discussed. Families can learn from birth parents, adoptive parents and foster parents how to integrate each child’s cultural ties into their own families. Reuniting families is a major focus of all the classes and this class exemplifies the benefits and realities of that plan. Speakers share their stories, caseworkers extoll the benefits of cultural identity and families can ask questions and vicariously experience a little bit of foster care and adoption.
Class 7: Substance Abuse
A general education on substance abuse will be offered. Insights into the effects substance abuse has on individuals with addictions, as well as those who are exposed to the lifestyle due to parent or family use. Stereotypes and myths of substance abuse and addiction will be addressed, along with sensitivity training and how to work with youth that have these problems.
Class 8: Due Process and Demographics
The foster family will be educated on their due process rights if a child is to be removed from their home for various reasons. The protocols and necessary steps to challenge the removal will be outlined. The trainer and family will also discuss demographics and issues such as what kinds of youth they are willing to work with, sibling groups etc.
Class 9: CPR/ First Aid
The foster parents are required to complete this training. RTYS will provide you with the direction to complete this portion.
Annual Training 20 Hours
Every Foster Family is required to complete 20 hours of annual training following their completion of the 32 hours of pre-service. These trainings are done once monthly for 2 hours until the 20 hours are satisfied.
Topics that will be trained on will be relevant to what Foster Families need and how to stay in compliance with state contract.
Training May transfer
Many potential Foster Parents have recently or are currently Foster Parents who would like to transfer over to Redwood Therapy and Youth Services. Many of the trainings they have received may transfer over.
Because our focus is finding great families, we believe on drawing on the strengths that most families have already.
We believe that it is our calling in life to provide outstanding service to others especially those that need help. We are always looking for the best families to make a great change in the lives of many struggling youth in today's society. Let's work together to make our world a better place.