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Preservice Training for Resource Families
Resources include curricula and materials offering preservice training to prospective foster, adoptive, and/or kinship families, including State and local examples.
Foster Parent Pre-Service Training (PDF - 68 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2008)
Lists State policies regarding preservice training for foster parents.
Training for Kinship Caregivers
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2006)
Compiles State policies and approaches regarding training and assessment for kinship caregivers.
A Comparative Evaluation of Preservice Training of Kinship and Nonkinship Foster/Adoptive Families
Christenson & McMurtry
Child Welfare, 86(1), 2007
Presents results of a 2003 evaluation of the Foster PRIDE/Adopt PRIDE preservice training and resource family development program conducted in Idaho.
Fundamentals of Foster and Adoptive Parenting: Participant Manual
Child Welfare Training Institute (2005)
Presents a curriculum for preparing adoptive or foster parents with the skills necessary to understand and cope with the experience of receiving an adoptive or foster child into their home. Also see the resource guide and trainer manual.
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Describes the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training curriculum for prospective foster/adoptive parents.
PATH: Parents as Tender Healers: A Curriculum for Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Care Parents: Participant's Handbook
Spaulding for Children (1997)
Describes the Parents as Tender Healers (PATH) video-based curriculum to help prospective resource parents decide whether providing foster, adoptive, or kinship care to children is appropriate for them. Also see the trainer's guide.
The PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education) Program
Child Welfare League of America
Links to the PRIDE model for training and supporting foster, adoptive, and kinship resource families.
State and local examples
Adoption and Guardianship Preparation Training for Alaska's Resource Families: Self-Study Workbook
Alaska Center for Resource Families (2011) (PDF - 1289 KB)
Teaches prospective adoptive parents about basic processes of adoption and guardianship of children who are in the custody of the State of Alaska.
Enhancing Positive Outcomes in Transracial Adoptive Families
California Social Work Education Center (2004)
Provides information about the experiences and challenges of transracial adoptive families with the goal of improving the quality of services and supports provided to these unique families.
Ohio Child Welfare Training Program
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Provides training to caseworkers, supervisors, administrators, and resource families through a network of regional training centers.
Suggested Pre-Placement and Time-of-Placement Questions (PDF - 86 KB)
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (2007)
Lists questions foster parents should ask before agreeing to the placement of a child in their home in order to determine if the placement will be a good fit.
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