Resource Parents and Relative Caregivers

​​​​​​​​​​​​Ongoing Live/Online ​training overview

ODHS Child Welfare coordinates a variety of live online trainings for resource parents, relative resource parents and adoptive or guardianship families. ​

  • ​Training sessions are between 1 to 3 hours long and are hosted on Zoom. 
  • All topics ​can be counted toward ongoing training hours for recertification​ as an ODHS Child Welfare Certified Resource Family.


  • ​​​In the list below, click the Registration link for the training you want to take and fill out the form. 
  • You don't need to create an account to register. 
  • Need help? See the How to Register Guide​ for step-by-step instructions.​

​​​R​eview the Virtual Training Participant Guide (includes a Zoom technology check)


Classes offered through December 2022

  
  
Description
JulyCollaborative Strategies for Caregivers
Date: 7/12/22​
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm PST

Course Description: Learn about the root of challenging behaviors experienced in children and begin to create new strategies toward meaningful collaboration with children and youth being cared for.

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JulySupporting Children with Sexual Behaviors
​Date: 7/13/22
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm 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.

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JulyDomestic Violence (DV) 101

​Date: 7/13/22
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm PST

Course Description: Presented by Sarah Greenwood, CPS Coordinator, Domestic Violence (DV) 101 is a foundational course that offers insights into the world of a survivor of DV. Participants will learn about the dynamics of domestic violence, different types of abuse, warning signs of abusive behaviors, deconstructing myths, examining barriers to leaving an abusive partner, impacts to children, ways to support survivors and their family, community services and supports available, including domestic and sexual violence (DSV) advocates and advocacy programs.

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JulyMental Health Considerations
​Date: 7/14/22
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm PST

Course Description: ​Have a basic understanding of mental health disorders and conditions that commonly occur in childhood; recognize that not all ‘survival’ behaviors, or symptoms of grief are connected with mental health disorders; know about commonly administered psychotropic medications; know how to obtain consistent, adequate and appropriate access to mental health services.

JulyWhy ICWA Matters
​Date: 7/19/22
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm PST

Course Description: This session will provide participants with information about the basic legal requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) and the Oregon Indian Child Welfare Act (ORICWA). We will walk through a brief history of U.S. Indian policy as it relates to Tribal children and families which sets the stage for an examination of the specific provisions of ICWA and ORICWA and will lead participants to a stronger understanding of why these laws are needed today. No knowledge of Tribal Nations, ICWA/ORICWA or experience of working with Tribal children and families is required to participate.

JulyVicarious Trauma
Date: 7/20/22
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00am 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.

Registration 
JulyOregon Adoption and Guardianship Mediation
Date: 7/20/2022
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm PST

Course Description: ​This training will be an overview of the benefits and process of developing agreements for con- tact and communication between birth and adoptive/guardian families.

ETWD coverage?: NONE 

JulySupporting Children with Sexual Behaviors

Date: 7/26/22
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm 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​

July“It's all relative" Supportive ideas for Resource Families who are also Relatives
​Date: 7/27/22
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am PST

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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JulyTrauma Informed Responding and Answering the Tough Questions
​Date: 7/28/22​
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm PST

Course Description: Gain practical information about responding to disclosures of sexual abuse and ways to support youth in your care who have been sexually abused. This presentation is being facilitated by CARES NW.

Registrat​ion​

JulyConnection with Birth Families after Adoption
Date: 7/28/22
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm PST

Course Description: ​Recognize the benefits for children being aware of their adoption story and maintaining connection with their birth families; aware of strategies for maintaining and promoting connections; understand the continuum that exists for connection; know how to negotiate relationships with birth families; recognize the impact on children's loyalty and identity toward birth parents and parents who are adopting.

Registration 
AugustQuestion, Persuade, Refer (QPR) for Resource Parents
Date: 8/3/22
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.

Registration​


AugustTrauma Informed Responding and Answering the Tough Questions
​Date: 8/3/22​
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm PST

Course Description: Gain practical information about responding to disclosures of sexual abuse and ways to support youth in your care who have been sexually abused. This presentation is being facilitated by CARES NW.

Reg​istration​
AugustParenting Ages 0-3: High Risk Infants
Date: 8/4/22
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm PST

Course Description: Spend the day with Sarah Faulkner, a resource parent for infants in the ODHS Child Welfare foster care system. Sarah will share her experiences and the hard-won knowledge she has gained through her 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 drug, alcohol and smoking; medically fragile infants and risk factors; and self-care for resource parents.​

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AugustYouth Employment
Date: 8/4/22
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm 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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AugustThe Impact of Trauma on the Mind and Body
Date: 8/9/22
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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AugustYouth Transition Planning 101
Date: 8/10/22
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am PST

Course Description: Are you caring for a youth age 14 and up? This training will focus on the preparation for transitioning youth to adulthood and out of foster care utilizing various supports and services that are accessible.

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AugustAdoption and Guardianship Assistance Training
Date: 8/17/22
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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AugustUnderstanding ICWA
Date: 8/23/22
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm 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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AugustYouth Thrive: Adolescent Development and Youth Resiliency
Date: 8/24/22
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm 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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AugustParents and Resource (Foster) Parents: Trauma-Informed Co-Parenting for Success
Date: 8/25/22
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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AugustBack to School, Foster Care and Education
​Date: 8/29/22
Time: 10:00am-11:30am PST

Course Description: Learn about the educational rights of students in foster care (including both federal and state laws) in the Oregon education system; roles and responsibilities of Resource Parents, including Educational Advocacy; gain additional resources and an opportunity for live Q/A. 

AugustFostering Meaningful Transitions: Grief and Loss


Date: 8/30/22
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. 



AugustYouth Thrive: Social Connection and Cognitive and Social Emotional Competencies
Date: 8/31/22
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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SeptemberUnderstanding & Supporting Foster Youth Who Identify as LGBTQIA+
Date: 9/1/22
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.

Registration
SeptemberParenting Ages 0-3: High Risk Infants
​Date: 9/1/22
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm PST

Course Description: Spend the day with Sarah Faulkner, a resource parent for infants in the ODHS Child Welfare foster care system. Sarah will share her experiences and the hard-won knowledge she has gained through her 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 drug, alcohol and smoking; medically fragile infants and risk factors; and self-care for resource parents.​

Registrat​ion​​


SeptemberCaring for Children with ADD/ADHD

Date: 9/1/22
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm PST

​Course Description: Children (and adults!) who have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder interact and communicate in the world in different ways. Learn more about ADD/ADHD and different techniques for caring for a youth in your home with these diagnoses. 

SeptemberOverview of ODHS Child Welfare Independent Living Program (ILP) Services
​Date: 9/8/22
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am 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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SeptemberEffective Communication and Preparing for and Managing Intrusive Questions.

Date: 9/8/22
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm PST

Course Description: Understand the definition of effective communication including both verbal and non-verbal language; understand how to use open communication with children; recognize the importance of active listening skills; aware of strategies to convey compassion and attunement; recognize how to talk to children about difficult and/or sensitive issues with openness; know how to develop and maintain open communication.

Understand how to honor the child’s privacy; familiar with strengths-based language to introduce the child into the community; understand strategies to manage intrusive questions and support children in responding to questions while preserving their privacy. 

SeptemberMoral Distress


Date: 9/8/22
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm PST

​Course Description: When the actions we feel are necessary are not able to be done, we can experience moral distress. Moral distress can contribute to feelings of inadequacy, futility and more. Join Laura Lirette of Mt Hood Hospice for a discussion about how this relates to your experiences as a resource parent and explore ways to mitigate it.



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