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 December 2021​

  
  
Description
OctoberThe Tween Puzzle
Date: 10/26/21
Time: 9-11am

Course Description: They are not quite teens, but they're not little children…therefore they are known as “tweens" because they are in between these two stages of development.  This class is designed to assist resource families become familiar with the tween years as a stage of child development. Taking time to understand the importance of guiding children's social, emotional and moral development during the tween years which sets the stage for addressing parenting challenges.  The trainer will work with the resource family to develop effective tween parenting strategies with the tween in their care. 

Registration

OctoberParents and Resource (Foster) Parents: A Model for Co-Parenting
​Date: 10/28/21
Time: 6-7:30pm

Course Description: Join a panel discussion of Oregon Parents and Resource (Foster) Parents as they share their experiences of partnering together to co-parent the children they both care for.

Registration

NovemberQuestion Persuade Refer (QPR) for Resource Families
Date: 11/3/21
Time: 6-7:30pm

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

NovemberCLOSURE: A Documentary About Adoption and Special Guest ODHS Child Welfare Director Rebecca Jones-Gaston

Date: 11/3/21
Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Course Description: In honor of National Adoption Month and adoptees, children in care, and their birth families & caregivers of all kinds - whether resource/foster, adoptive, guardianship, or kin - ORPARC and ODHS are partnering to show the movie Closure: A Documentary About Adoption. This incredible story, featuring local PNW adoptee and popular blogger Angela Tucker of The Adopted Life, documents her emotional experience as a transracial adoptee and subsequent search for birth family. Following the movie, join us for a Q&A with ODHS Child Welfare Director and adoptee Rebecca Jones-Gaston.

Registration

NovemberTrauma Informed Parenting
​Date: 11/4-11/5
Time: 9-11am

Course Description: Join us in a two part series about parenting children who have experienced trauma. Gain an understanding of the effects of trauma on the developing brain of children.

Registration​

NovemberParenting 0-3: High Risk Infant
Date: 11/5/2021
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

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. ​

NovemberParenting Teens
Date: 11/9/21
Time: 9-11am

Course Description: This training is for resource families looking for more advanced training on the subject of parenting teens.  Normal adolescent development and the challenging characteristics of teens are explained, and new brain research is discussed regarding changes to, and understanding the limitations of the teen brain.  This training helps caregivers learn to analyze messages before communicating with teens, so their communication is more effective.  Because teens in care are often dysregulated a number of calming strategies for teens are introduced to assist caregivers work with their teen in care.  And an overview of the tools available to help teens transition into adulthood.

Registration​

NovemberAll About Me Books
Date: 11/9/21
Time: 2-4pm

Course Description: Marvel at the potential of the All About Me Books! These are engaging tools that help children 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



NovemberIntroduction to Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
Date: 11/10/21
Time: 6-9pm

Course Description: TBRI is an evidence-based, trauma-informed, attachment-based model to help children and their loved ones. TBRI is built upon Connecting Principles that nurture attachment & promote relationships, Empowering Principles address physical and ecological needs of children and Correcting Principles teach self-regulation and are effective in disarming fear-based behaviors. Participants will learn how to:

1. Connect with children to build attachment; 2. Use practical tools to engage with children and reduce children's fear responses; and 3. Teach skills to children for self-regulation, calming & getting through daily routines.

Registration

NovemberAll About Me Books
Date: 11/10/21
Time: 9-11am

Course Description: Marvel at the potential of the All About Me Books! These are engaging tools that help children 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​

NovemberAdoption Process Overview
Date: 11/16/21
Time: 9am-12pm

Course Description: Understand the ODHS adoption process in more detail and have your questions answered by adopting children from the Oregon Child Welfare program. This course is offered again 12/9/21 from 12:30-3:30pm

Registration


NovemberCollaborative Strategies for Caregivers
​​Date: 11/16/21
Time: 1-4pm

Course Description: Understand why challenging kids are challenging and begin to create new strategies for meaningful collaboration.

Registration



NovemberAdolescent Development and Youth Resilience
Date: 11/16/21
Time: 1-4pm

Course Description: Based in strengths-based and positive psychology perspectives, this Youth Thrive training gives foster parents, relative caregivers and adoptive parents the concrete knowledge they need to understand young people and promote their long-term well-being.

Registration Link​
NovemberQuestion Persuade Refer (QPR) for Parents
Date: 11/17/21
Time: 3-4:30pm

Option: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1.5 hour educational program designed to teach parents and caregivers the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond as a parent, provided by Lines for Life.

Registration


NovemberAll About Me Books
Date: 11/18/21
Time: 9-11am

Course Description: Marvel at the potential of the All About Me Books! These are engaging tools that help children 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​


DecemberUnderstanding and Supporting Foster Youth Who Identify as LGBTQIA+
​​Date: 12/7/2021
Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Course Description: Gain a basic understanding of what it means to be an LGBTQIA+ youth in today's society, the impacts of caregivers support, and how to provide support and affirmation to LGBTQIA+ youth in our care.

Register


DecemberEssential Parenting for the Holidays and Beyond
Date: 12/8/2021
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn about attachments and parenting styles to support children when difficult anniversaries and triggers arise. 

DecemberAdoption Process Overview
​​Date: 12/9/2021
Time: 12:30-3:30pm

Course Description: Understand the ODHS adoption process in more detail and have your questions answered by adopting children from the Oregon Child Welfare program.

Register

​​