Foster Parents and Relative Caregivers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ongoing Caregiver Live Online Training Opportunities

ODHS Child Welfare coordinates a variety of live/online training offerings for foster parents, relative caregivers and adoptive/guardianship families. Training sessions range between 1-3 hours long and will be hosted on Zoom. All registration occurs in iLearn (individuals must create an iLearn account - refer to registration instructions​​​​ for details). At least one topic will be hosted each month with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. All topics can be counted toward ongoing training hours for recertification as an ODHS Child Welfare Certified Family.

 

For any questions, or assistance with registration, please contact FosterFamily.Supports@dhsoha.state.or.us

 Classes offered January through July 2021

  
  
Description
MarchICWA Part 1

Date: 3/3/2021 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

(Also offered 3/6 @ 10:00 - 11:30 am and 3/9 @ 6:00 -7 :30 pm)

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)  is a four part series starting in March and ending in July. In Part 1, caregivers will gain understanding of the purpose of ICWA; the history behind ICWA; an overview of Federal Policies affecting Native American people/Tribes; Federal ICWA components and Oregon ICWA statute.

Additional Resource: Indian Child Welfare Act Video NARF

Registration - Part 1

MarchUnderstanding and Supporting Foster Youth Who Identify as LGBTQIA+
Date: 3/4/2021  Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm

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. This course is offered again 6/7/ 2021

Additional Resource: Caring for LGBTQ Youth Recorded Webinar All Children All Families

Registration
MarchICWA - Part 1

Date: 3/6/2021 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am

(Also offered  3/9 @ 6:00 -7 :30 pm)

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a four part series starting in March and ending in July. In Part 1, caregivers will gain understanding of the purpose of ICWA; the history behind ICWA; an overview of Federal Policies affecting Native American people/Tribes; Federal ICWA components and Oregon ICWA statute.

Additional Resource: Indian Child Welfare Act Video NARF

Registration - Part 1

MarchYouth Suicide Awareness for Families

Date: 3/8/2021  Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Increase your knowledge of suicide awareness; become aware of risk factors, increase communication around suicide, and identify ways youth suicide can be addressed. This training is offered by the Oregon Family Support Network.

Additional Resource: Crisis Lines (Oregon and Nationally)

 

Registration
MarchICWA - Part 1

Date: 3/9/2021 Time: 6:00 -7 :30 pm

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a four part series starting in March and ending in July. In Part 1, caregivers will gain understanding of the purpose of ICWA; the history behind ICWA; an overview of Federal Policies affecting Native American people/Tribes; Federal ICWA components and Oregon ICWA statute.

Additional Resource: Indian Child Welfare Act Video NARF

Registration - Part 1
MarchYouth Thrive: Adolescent Development and Youth Resilience
Date: 3/10/2021  Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 6:00 - 9:00 pm

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. This course is offered again 6/9/21. (Available with Simultaneous Spanish Interpretation 3/10 from 6-9pm!)

Additional Resource: Advancing Healthy Adolescent Development and Wellbeing YouthThrive

Registration
MarchIndependent Living Program Services

Date: 3/31/2021  Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm

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 caregiver in advocating for youth in your care.

Additional Resource: State of Oregon Independent Living Program

Registration

AprilICWA - Part 2

Date: 4/3/2021  Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am

(Also 4/7/2021 @ 6 - 7:30 pm and 4/13/2021 @ 6 - 7:30 pm)

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) training series is a 4 part series. In Part 2, caregivers will understand ICWA requirements and Placement Preference; Oregon Tribes & Placement; and Tribal-State Agreements.

Additional Resource: Heart of ICWA (Becky) Video and Heart of ICWA (Lukas) Video NICWA

Registration

AprilICWA - Part 2

Date: 4/7/2021 Time: 6:00  - 7:30 pm

(Also 4/13/2021 @ 6 - 7:30 pm)

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) training series is a 4 part series. In Part 2, caregivers will understand ICWA requirements and Placement Preference; Oregon Tribes & Placement; and Tribal-State Agreements.

Additional Resource: Heart of ICWA (Becky) Video and Heart of ICWA (Lukas) Video NICWA

Registration
AprilAdoption Process Overview for Caregivers
Date: 4/8/2021  Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Understand the ODHS adoption process in more detail and have your questions answered by adopting children from the Oregon Child Welfare program. (Available with Simultaneous Spanish Interpretation!)

Additional Resource: State of Oregon Adoption Program

Registration
AprilPreparing Your Family for Adoption

Date: 4/10/2021 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the different aspects of adoption including: family dynamics, infertility struggles, impacts to other children in the home, and what adoptive children wish their caregivers had known.

Additional Resource: ORPARC resource list - books, media and informational packets

Registration
AprilICWA - Part 2

Date: 4/13/2021 Time: 6:00  - 7:30 pm

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) training series is a 4 part series. In Part 2, caregivers will understand ICWA requirements and Placement Preference; Oregon Tribes & Placement; and Tribal-State Agreements.

Additional Resource: Heart of ICWA (Becky) Video and Heart of ICWA (Lukas) Video NICWA

Registration
AprilTrauma Informed Parenting

Part 1 - Date: 4/14/2021  Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Part 2 - Date: 4/15/2021  Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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 for both parts are required.

Additional Resource: Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma Child Welfare Information Gateway

Registration - Part 1

Registration - Part 2

AprilPartnering with Children and Families who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Date: 4/27/2021  Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This training will focus on resources and supports for caregivers working with families in which either one or both of the birth parents and/or their children are Deaf or hard of hearing, and will address issues of communication access, language continuity when ASL is the primary language, as well as social and emotional needs of Deaf and hard of hearing children. This course is offered again 5/11.

(Available with Simultaneous ASL Interpretation!)

Registration

MayTrauma Informed Responding

Date: 5/3/2021  Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

(Also 5/25/2021 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm)

Gain practical information about responding to disclosures of sexual abuse and ways to support youth in your care who have been sexually abused.

Registration

MayAll About Me (How to develop All About Me Books)
Date: 5/4/2021  Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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.

Additional Resource: ORPARC Resource List (Lifestory Books)

Registration
May​Supporting Youth Who’ve Experienced Domestic Violence

Date: 5/6/2021  Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

(Also 5/10/2021 @ 9:00 - 11:00 am)

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. (Available with Simultaneous Spanish Interpretation 5/6!)

Registration

MaySupporting Youth Who’ve Experienced Domestic Violence

Date:  5/10/2021 Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

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. (Available with Simultaneous Spanish Interpretation 5/6!)

Registration

MayPartnering with Children and Families who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Date: 5/11/2021  Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This training will focus on resources and supports for caregivers working with families in which either one or both of the birth parents and/or their children are Deaf or hard of hearing, and will address issues of communication access, language continuity when ASL is the primary language, as well as social and emotional needs of Deaf and hard of hearing children. (Available with Simultaneous ASL Interpretation!)

Registration
MayYouth Thrive: Social Connection and Cognitive Social-Emotional Connection

Date: 5/12/2021  Time:  6:00 - 9:00 pm

Get concrete knowledge needed to understand young people and promote their long-term well-being.

Additional Resource: Cognitive and Social-Emotional Competence in Youth Center for the Study of Social Policy

Registration

MayCollaborative Strategies for Caregivers

Date: 5/17/2010   Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Understand why challenging kids are challenging and will begin to create new strategies for meaningful collaboration.

Registration

MayRights of Passage

Date: 5/19/2021  Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm

Gain a further understanding of adolescent development and the "pitfalls and successes" of caring for a teen.

Registration

MayTrauma Informed Responding

Date: 5/25/2021  Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Gain practical information about responding to disclosures of sexual abuse and ways to support youth in your care who have been sexually abused.

Registration

JuneIntroduction to Adoption and Guardianship Mediation

​Date:  6/3/2021   Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

This training will be an overview of the benefits and process of developing agreements for contact communication between birth and adoptive/guardian families.

Registration

JuneUnderstanding and Supporting Foster Youth Who Identify as LGBTQIA+

Date: 6/7/2021  Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Provides participants with a basic understanding of what it means to be an LGBTQ youth in today’s society, the impacts of caregivers support, and how to provide support and affirmation to LGBTQ youth in our care.

Registration

JuneTalking About Race and Culture with Young Children

Date: 6/8/2021  Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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

Additional Resource: ODHS Child Welfare Resource List (English) (Spanish)

Registration

JuneYouth Thrive: Adolescent Development and Youth Resilience

Date: 6/9/2021  Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Based in strengths-based and positive psychology perspectives, the 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. Additional Resource: Advancing Healthy Adoles-cent Development and Wellbeing YouthThrive

Registation

JuneSupporting Children with Sexual Behaviors

Date: 6/14/2021  Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

{Also 6/15 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm)

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. This course is available again 7/20. (Available with Simultaneous Spanish Interpretation 6/14!)

Additional Resource: CARES NW resource list (English and Spanish)

Registration

JuneSupporting Children with Sexual Behaviors

Date: 6/15/2021  Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm


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. This course is available again 7/20. (Available with Simultaneous Spanish Interpretation 6/14!)

Additional Resource: CARES NW resource list (English and Spanish)

Registration

JuneICWA Part 3

Date: 6/22/2021  Time:  6:00  - 8:00 pm

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) training series is a 4 part series. In Part 3, hear from Tribal members from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Confederated Tribes of Coos Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw who will share their personal stories and how they have navigated their cultural identity.

Registration

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