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Orientation Training for Foster Care

You must complete Orientation training to become a certified caregiver.

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.

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Training options

Orientation training is available with your local ODHS Child Welfare (CW) office or through self-guided, online sessions

With your local Child Welfare office

Attend Orientation training 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 learn about the required forms and assessment process and also get information about local processes and resources.

Find a local CW office


If you can't attend Orientation with a local office, complete the three-step Orientation process outlined below. 

Step 1 - Review online presentation

View the five-part online presentation in English or Español. All five videos take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to view.

Part I (6 min 30 sec)
Introduction to foster care

Parte I (7 min 45 seg)
Introducción al cuidado de crianza

Part II (13 min 47 sec)
Becoming certified

Parte II (12 min 35 seg)
Obteniendo un certificado
Part III (19 min 14 sec)
ODHS and Dependency Court system overview

Parte III (21 min 04 seg)
Una descripción general de el sistema de tribunales de dependencia de la corte y de ODHS
Part IV (23 min 48 sec)
The foster parent's role
Parte IV (24 min 17 seg)
El papel de los padres de crianza

Part V (10 min 23 sec)
Other things to know
Parte V  (19 min 40 seg)
Otras cosas que debe saber

Step 2 - Review additional materials

In addition to the online Orientation presentation, review the following video links and other materials. Become familiar with the bill of rights documents that impact children and young adults in foster care, certified resource parents and relative resource parents.

Step 3 - Orientation knowledge check

Complete the Orientation knowledge check and submit to your local Child Welfare office. This serves as your certificate of completion for orientation.

Orientation knowledge check Verificación de conocimientos de orientación

Find a local CW office