Training to become a foster parent or to adopt
The classes necessary to become a foster parent or adopt are often referred to as “pre-service training.” They usually happen right before or at the same time you’re completing your application to foster or adopt.
The process of training to become a foster parent or to adopt from foster care varies from state to state, and in some cases, from county to county. In general, pre-service training programs usually take from four to ten sessions to complete. They are required so you can have a better understanding of what your new child has been through and how to best integrate them into your family. Pre-service training is also an excellent opportunity to meet and share information with other families who are becoming foster parents or adopting.
It’s important to make a commitment to attending pre-service training sessions. In addition to being a non-negotiable part of being approved to adopt, the training sessions provide you with lots of important and useful information. If two people will be co-parenting, both will be required to attend.
During pre-service training, you will:
- Prepare yourself for fostering or adopting a child
- Create a basis for teamwork between yourself and your agency
- Form mutually supportive relationships with other parents and child welfare staff who will be able to help you throughout your journey
- Find answers to any lingering questions you might have about whether you’re ready to foster or adopt and what type of child you can successfully parent
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