Resource Parents and Relative Caregivers

​​ODHS Child Welfare coordinates a variety of live/online training offerings for resource parents, relative resource parents and adoptive/guardianship families. Training sessions  range between 1-3 hours long and will be hosted on Zoom. All registration occurs by clicking the registration link and filling out a form – there is no need to create an account to request registration. For registration step-by-step assistance, review our How to Register Guide​.  All topics can be counted toward ongoing training hours for recertification as an ODHS Child Welfare Certified Resource Family.

Please review Virtual Training Participant Expectations and Zoom Technical Assistance links prior to attending Training English ~ Español

For any questions or assistance with registration, please contact Resource.FamilyTraining@dhsoha.state.or.us 

Classes offered through June 2022

  
  
Description
FebruaryUnderstanding & Supporting Foster Youth Who Identify as LGBTQIA+
Date: 2/1/22
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm PST

Course Description: Gain a basic understanding of what it means to be an LGBTQIA+ youth in today's society, the impacts of parental/caregiver support, and how to provide supportive and affirmative care to LGBTQIA+ youth.

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FebruaryQuestion, Persuade, Refer (QPR) for Resource Parents
Date: 2/2/22
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm PST

Course Description: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1.5 hour educational program designed to teach resource parents the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond as a resource parent.

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FebruaryParenting Ages 0-3: High Risk Infants
Date: 2/3/22
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm PST

Course Description: Spend the day with Debbie Williams, a long-time resource parent for infants in the ODHS Child Welfare foster care system. Debbie will share their experiences and the hard-won knowledge they have gained through their work. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear about the many challenges that resource parents face when caring for children between birth to age three. Some example topics will include: preemies and low birth weight; genetic or developmental disorders; attachment; effects related to explore to drug, alcohol and smoking; medically fragile infants and risk factors; and self-care for resource parents.

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FebruaryVicarious Trauma
Date: 2/8/22
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am PST

Course Description: Learn about what it means to experience vicarious trauma, understanding and ways to address compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, by recognizing the signs, and coping with stress.

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FebruaryUnderstanding ICWA
Date: 2/8/22
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm PST

Course Description: This session will focus on building an understanding of the intent of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and will help guide participants in understanding the differences and protections involved in an ICWA case and a non-ICWA case. Participants will also learn how to cultivate relationships with a Tribe and enhance their understanding of why cultural engagement is important for Tribal children. No knowledge of Tribal Nations, ICWA/ORICWA or experience of working with Tribal children and families is required to participate.

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FebruaryTalking to Young Children About Race
Date: 2/9/22
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am PST

Course Description: Caregivers/parents will gain more insight about the need to discuss race and culture with young children. Gain practical ideas and tools about how to promote self-worth to help young children feel seen and acknowledged.

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FebruaryYouth Thrive: Adolescent Development and Youth Resiliency
Date: 2/9/22
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm PST

Course Description: Based on strengths-based and positive psychology perspectives, this Youth Thrive training gives resource parents, relative resource parents and adoptive parents the concrete knowledge they need to understand young people and promote their long-term well-being. This training is designed to create an understanding of adolescent development, build empathy and remind us of what it was like as an adolescent.

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FebruaryAdoption and Guardianship Assistance Training
Date: 2/9/22
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm PST

Course Description: This course is specific to currently certified ODHS Child Welfare resource families. Learn about the purpose of Adoption and Guardianship assistance, the application process, and determination of Adoption/Guardianship assistance benefits.

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FebruaryOverview of ODHS Child Welfare Independent Living Program (ILP) Services
​Date: 2/10/22
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm PST

Course Description: Learn about the variety of skill development options that youth in foster care can access when connected to the Independent Living Program and your role as a resource parent in advocating for youth in your care.

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SMART Approach to Caregiver Stress
Date: 2/15/22
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm PST

Course Description: Simple and sustainable, Mindful, Accessible, Renewing; Rejuvenating Timely and Tuned. This training is built around the SMART approach to relieving stress. Resource Families face many stressors while taking care of children in their care, this training will help caregivers become mindful of relieving this stress, so they can continue to bring the best practices of care to the children who are in their care.  The most effective stress relievers must be simple, meaning they're easy to do and require no special equipment, clothing, memberships, classes, or meetings. When caregivers are less stressed by using the SMART approach to relieving stress, they can experience actively bringing their mind, body and life into harmony.  During this training Resource families will have an opportunity to complete a Customized Stress Relief Profile, so they can document the many skills and techniques they will learn during this training, and hopefully use in the future as they care for Oregon's most vulnerable children. 

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FebruaryTowards a New Story (Series 3/31 and 4/20)
Date: 2/15/22
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm PST

Course Description: Story is a way to maintain connection with self, family, community, nation, culture, and land. Storywork educates the heart, mind, body, and spirit.  Exploring and narrating our own lives allows us to model and empower those around us to embrace their own story. Through the power of story we are able to honor where we come from as we move towards the future. The practice of storywork is a tool for caregivers, professionals, and families to promote the development of a wholistic narrative for individuals and families experiencing trauma. Participants are introduced to the basic tenets of storywork and how to incorporate this Indigenous practice into assisting individuals create a healthy narrative by instructor Kevin Simmons of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. There are multiple offerings for this series – you will be registered for all three remaining dates; we encourage participants to attend all  to move forward in storywork together but participants can join at anytime during the series.

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FebruaryThe Impact of Trauma on the Mind and Body
Date: 2/16/22
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm PST

Course Description: During this training, participants will learn and discuss ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and their impact on health outcomes; understanding how trauma rewires the brain; the stress responses of fight, flight, freeze or fawn; and the window of tolerance concept.  Participants will also learn tips and tools for assisting children in regulating their nervous system to minimize the body's stress response.

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FebruaryAll About Me Books
Date: 2/17/22
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm PST

Course Description: Marvel at the potential of the All About Me Books! These are engaging tools that help children and young adults make sense of their lives, create a snapshot of their lives at a moment in time, enhance their self-worth, and express their thoughts and feelings productively.

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FebruaryFostering Meaningful Transitions: Grief and Loss
Date: 2/17/22
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm PST

Course Description: Learn how resource families can plan for and cushion the transition of children in their care into new placements; reflect on how to honor own emotions; and explore the role of grief and loss within the context of providing foster care.

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February“It's all relative" Supportive ideas for Resource Families who are also Relatives
Date: 2/22/22
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Course Description: More than ever, relatives and kinship families are becoming primary caregivers for children in their extended families that need a placement resource.  There are many things that relative caregivers have in common, most, if not all, came into this current role with the intent of making a child's life better by parenting them during a crucial time – or maybe long term.  Relative resource parents are providing them with the added benefit of it being family, while caring for them. This is a very important role that relative's step into and one that has its own challenges.  This training will take a deeper look at the role of the relative resource parent, the familial impact of being a relative resource parent.  It offers strategies for setting boundaries with family members, birth parents and children as well as increasing the knowledge of ways to support the emotional wellbeing of the children who are in their care.   

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FebruaryYouth Thrive: Social Connection and Cognitive and Social Emotional Competencies
Date: 2/23/22
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm PST

Course Description: This Youth Thrive training is intended to provide resource parents, relative resource parents and adoptive parents with an increase awareness of the importance of young people forming social connections and the knowledge needed to understand young people and promote long-term well-being. Gain a better understanding of how the relationship process is different for young people who have experienced trauma or come from challenging backgrounds.  Participants will leave this training with a better understanding of how cognitive and social emotional competencies are a essential developmental task in adolescence because they lay the foundation for forming an independent identity and having a productive, responsible, and satisfying adulthood.

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FebruaryParents and Resource (Foster) Parents: Trauma-Informed Co-Parenting for Success
Date: 2/24/22
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm PST

Course Description: Resource Parents: Have you ever wished you could have talked to family members about how to support children in your home? You may have wondered about their favorite food or stuffed animal, sleep schedules, or school struggles. Join a panel discussion of Oregon Parents and Resource (Foster) Parents as they answer your questions and share their lived experiences of relationship building, establishing healthy communication and partnering together for trauma-informed co-parenting to best support resilience for children in care and their families.

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FebruaryCourt Hearings: The What and the Why
Date: 2/24/222
Time: 6:30pm -  8:30pm PST

Course Description: As a resource parent, have you wanted to better understand the different court hearings associated with ODHS Child Welfare cases? Attend this course and learn more specifics. Note: This training will be specific to the court processes in Multnomah County – other counties may not have the same process.

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MarchTransitions to Adulthood: Caring for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Date: 3/1/22
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm PST

Course Description: Learning about Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Individualized Education Programs, and breaking the silos of agencies to support a youth's growth and development
MarchOregon Adoption Overview
Date: 3/2/22
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm PST

Course Description: Understand the ODHS adoption process in more detail in terms of process and what to expect. This training is coordinated by the Oregon Child Welfare Permanency and Adoption program.

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MarchParenting Ages 0-3: High Risk Infants
Date: 3/3/22
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm PST

Course Description: Spend the day with Debbie Williams, a long-time resource parent for infants in the ODHS Child Welfare foster care system. Debbie will share their experiences and the hard-won knowledge they have gained through their work. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear about the many challenges that resource parents face when caring for children between birth to age three. Some example topics will include: preemies and low birth weight; genetic or developmental disorders; attachment; effects related to explore to drug, alcohol and smoking; medically fragile infants and risk factors; and self-care for resource parents.

Registration
MarchSupporting Youth Who've Experienced Domestic Violence
Date: 3/8/22
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm PST

Course Description: Understand the effects of Domestic Violence on children and youth, as well as examine some proven ways to support their healing journey. This presentation is facilitated by CARES NW.

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MarchSupporting Children with Sexual Behaviors
Date: 3/8/22
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm PST

Course Description: Many children engage in sexual behaviors. Most of the time, this behavior falls into the “common" or “healthy" range. Sometimes, children engage in “concerning," “problematic," or “harmful" sexual behaviors. This is a sign that they are off-track developmentally and need their caretakers and possibly a professional to help them change their behaviors and get back on track. Learn user-friendly methods to identify if the behavior is common/concerning/harmful and tips to respond. This presentation is facilitated by CARES NW.

Registration​


MarchAll About Me Books
Date: 3/9/22
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am PST

Course Description: Marvel at the potential of the All About Me Books! These are engaging tools that help children and young adults make sense of their lives, create a snapshot of their lives at a moment in time, enhance their self-worth, and express their thoughts and feelings productively.

Registration

MarchYouth Thrive: Adolescent Development and Youth Resiliency
Date: 3/9/22
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm PST

Course Description: Based on strengths-based and positive psychology perspectives, this Youth Thrive training gives resource parents, relative resource parents and adoptive parents the concrete knowledge they need to understand young people and promote their long-term well-being. This training is designed to create an understanding of adolescent development, build empathy and remind us of what it was like as an adolescent.

Registration


MarchSupporting Parents who Struggle with Substance Use Disorder
Date: 3/9/22
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm PST

Course Description: Understand the impacts of substance use disorder and your role as a resource parent in partnering and supporting a parent who is struggling with substance use.

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MarchPassages: The long and (sometimes) windy road from the Teenage Years to Adulthood
Date: 3/10/22
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm PST

Course Description: Learn further about adolescent stages of development, including risk taking behaviors and brain development. Hear from a panel of young adults regarding their experiences with

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MarchCultural Continuity Agreements
Date: 3/15/22
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm PST

Course Description: As resource or adoptive parents, celebrating and exploring a child's cultural identity is essential in one's strengths, resiliency, and sense of pride. Learn more about Cultural Continuity Agreements in relation to caring for American Indian/Alaskan Native youth, how these agreements are developed, and the importance of ongoing cultural connection.

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MarchQuestion, Persuade, Refer (QPR) for Resource Parents
Date: 3/15/22
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm PST

Course Description: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1.5 hour educational program designed to teach resource parents the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond as a resource parent.

Registration
MarchYouth Employment
Date: 3/16/22
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am PST

Course Description: Understand different career paths and ways resource parents can youth gain employment related skills at home. This training will also have an emphasis on employment resources for individuals with disabilities

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