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The Resource Parent Training Program offers learning opportunities that support adoptive, foster and kinship parents in their effort to provide a safe, nurturing and loving environment for the children in their care.

Training goals include:

  1. To give resource parents the information needed to handle routine matters such as medical and psychological care, clothing needs, education, and visitation with the birth family.
  2. To provide foster parents with the skills needed to handle problems as they arise.
  3. To develop problem-solving and teamwork skills.
  4. To teach resource parents the required ethical and legal standards for compliance.
  5. To assist resource parents in anticipating the negative, critical or distrustful attitudes that foster children often exhibit.
  6. To identify elements of the foster child’s behavior that can be attributed to the experience of being a foster child.
  7. To share with prospective resource parents the experiences of veteran resource parents with particular emphasis on building positive relationships with birth families and DCS staff.