Resource Parents and Relative Caregivers

​​​​​​​​​​Foundations Training

Individuals who want to continue to learn more about caring for youth in foster care or have been initially certified by ODHS Child Welfare must complete 24 hours of training, called Foundations Training, within 12 months of becoming certified. There are a total of eight sessions, each session is 3 hours in length. 

All trainings are offered live/virtually using Zoom or Microsoft TEAMS. No in person trainings are being offered at this time. Trainings are available in both English and Spanish, and simultaneous interpretation and other accommodation needs upon request can be granted. 

Registration for statewide Foundations Training series for the remainder of 2021 is now closed. Registration for 2022 will open in mid-December 2021 at this page. If you need to locate a Foundations training or have questions, connect directly with a local ODHS child welfare branch office and request to speak with a certification staff person to discuss potential options. 

To learn more about each session and access handouts and videos, please see below. Your Training Facilitator will ask you to access handouts through this web page.

Separate handouts will not be emailed unless requested. If you need any materials printed, please contact your local Child Welfare Office.

General Resources​

ODHS Child Welfare Vision for Transformation 
Foster Parent Bill of Rights: English ~ Español
Virtual Training Participant Expectations: English ~ Español 

Session m​aterials​

Foundations Participant Manual

​​​​Foundations in Fostering, Adopting or Caring for Relative Children Training

  • Goals of caregiving in Child Welfare
  • Impact on children regarding removal and involvement in the Child Welfare system
  • Process of recruitment and assessment of prospective foster, adoptive, and relative caregivers
  • Application process and the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)

Session 1 Videos

​​​The Importance of Birth Parents
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Oregon Law: definitions of abuse and neglect
  • Addiction impacts on family systems
  • Trust and attachment in children
  • Impact of domestic violence on children
  • Impact of separation on children
  • Importance of openness between resource and birth parents
  • Tools to minimize trauma in children

Session 2 Videos

​​Child Development and the Impact of Abuse
  • Child Development
  • Impact of abuse and neglect on development
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Session 3 Videos

​​Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Development
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Impact of Sexual Abuse in childhood through adulthood
  • Parenting strategies for parenting sexually abused children

Session 4 Videos

​​​Behavioral Management
  • Discipline vs. Punishment and Goals
  • Understanding reasons why children misbehave
  • Oregon DHS Rules around discipline
  • Behavior Modification techniques

Session 5 Videos
​​Valuing the Child's Heritage
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Differences of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race
  • Looking at own traditions and cultures and then applying to a child entering someone else's home environment
  • Transracial and Transcultural awareness and considerations
  • Impact of prejudice and racism on children

Session 6 Videos


​​Working with the Child's Family
  • Benefits of working with the birth family toward reunification

Session 7 Videos
​​Next Steps from Resource Families
  • Stress and changes on the family when fostering
  • Allegations of abuse in foster care
  • Transitioning child to an adoptive family; Life Story Books
  • Adoption Process
  • Openness and Mediation

Session 8 Videos

For any feedback regarding your Foundations training experience or for questions, please email: