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Foster Parent and Relative Caregiver Training
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Foster Parents in Oregon are required to complete continuing education training to fulfill licensing/certification requirements.
DHS partners with Portland State University (PSU) to provide training for foster, relative and adoption providers. Training is available in a variety of settings including seminars and workshops, conferences, on-line sessions, webinars and traditional classroom settings. Some trainers are also available to provide specific and targeted training to smaller groups by request. 
If you need to make up a Foundations class or are interested in knowing about training being offered around the state we have created state training map. All scheduled Foster and Relative care giver training is included in the state training map. When viewing this map click on a county and a display will pop up containing all upcoming training and events scheduled in that county for the next 3 months. Each county has a contact person who is available to answer questions.

  • Training: Review the current course schedule, recertification requirements and additional training resources. 

Course Schedule and Objectives

The current course schedule and course objectives are made available in partnership with PSU Child Welfare Partnership:

Training Requirements for Recertification

Each certified adult in a foster parent or relative caregiver home is required to have 30 hours of training during each two year certification period.

Additional Training Resources

Foster Parent College
Each DHS office receives a number of training hours for foster parents at no cost to you. Some course offerings include.
Foster Care and Adoptive Community 
FCAC Online Training offers hundreds of courses (some interactive) with new topics added continuously. Certificates are immediately generated with the passing of a course test and are either emailed or downloaded directly. Certificates contain your name, course title, hours credited, and date. 
Online training site for licensed foster parents.
FosterClub Online Training 
FosterClub is a national network for young people in foster care. It provides young people in foster care an opportunity to connect and gain support from their peers. The non-profit organization also provides online training and resources for foster parents.
adoption.com offers foster parent training and education including books, newsletters, articles and on-line training.
Foster Parent Lending Library
This Foster Parent Lending Library is Free for Oregon Foster, Relative, and Pre-Adoptive Parents. There are over 1,000 books including Childrens' and Spanish titles. ​​​​