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Resource Parents and Relative Caregivers

​​​​​Orientation ​training o​​verview

​​To become certified you must complete Orientation training. You can also participate in Orientation training to get an introduction and overview to help you determine if becoming a resource to children is right for you.​

T​raining options

Orientation training is offered in-person or through live video stream presentation with your local ODHS Child Welfar​e office or through self-guided online sessions.

With your local Child Welfare office

​Attend Orientation training with a local ODHS Child Welfare office either in-person or through a live video-stream presentation. 

  • This option is highly encouraged since it gives you the opportunity to meet a foster home certifier and other potential resource parents and ask questions in the moment. 
  • By attending Orientation with your local branch, you will not only learn about the required forms and assessment process, but will also get ​information about local processes and resources. 

Connect with your local ODHS Child Welfare office for Orientation training information.

​ ​Online ​Orientation​

If you can't attend an in-person or live video-stream​, you can complete the Online Orientation. 

  • This includes a 5 part video series, and additional video and form links. The Online Orientation covers the required forms and assessment process, but does not discuss local processes or local resources. 
  • It takes about 2 hours to complete the entire Online Orientation process. Once you are done, you will need to answer questions in the form of a Knowledge Check to confirm learning objectives were achieved.

If you have questions about Online Orientation, please email ​

Online Orientation h​​as multiple steps:​

  1. ​Online video presentation
    View the online presentati​​on which has 5 separate parts (All 5 parts take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to view)​:

Orientation Part I English: 6 min 30 sec 
Introduction to Foster Care

Orientación Parte I Español: 7 min 45 seg

Introducción al Cuidado de Crianza

Orientation Part II English: 13 min 47 sec
Becoming Certified

Orientación Parte II Español: 12 min 35 seg

Obteniendo un Certificado

Orientation Part III English: 19 min 14 sec
ODHS and Dependency Court System Overview

Orientación Parte III Español: 21 min 04 seg

Una descripción general de el sistema de tribunales de dependencia de la corte y de ODHS

Orientation Part IV English: 23 min 48 sec
The Foster Parents Role

Orientación Parte IV Español: 24 min 17 seg

El Papel de los Padres de Cri​anza

Orientation Part V English: 10 min 23 sec
Other Things to Know

Orientación Parte V Español: 19 min 40 seg

Otras cosas que debe saber​

  1. Additional video links, website and documents
    ​​​In addition to the Online Orientation presentation, review the following video links, website and documents. Become familiar with the bill of rights documents that impact children and young adults in foster care, certified resource parents and relative resource parents:   

    • Reasonable and Prudent Parenting video (13 min, 25 sec): English ~ Español 
    • Mandatory Reporting Web page and video (29 min 25 sec): E​nglish (Use CC/Subtitles on video for other languages) 
    • ​Foster Parent Bill of Rights: English ~ Español
    • Foster Child Bill of Rights: English ~ Español
  1. Orientation Knowledge Check. Complete the Orientation Knowledge Check and submit to your local ODHS Child Welfare office​. This serves as your certificate of completion for Orientation.