Welcome—and congratulations on your decision to explore foster parenting!

The New Foster Parent Academy includes various types of learning experiences:

  • Web-based training—a course you complete online
  • classroom—an in-person learning experience facilitated by a professional
  • hybrid—a course that includes both Web-based and classroom components

 

As a new foster parent, you'll take the following learning experiences to complete your pre-service learning:

  • The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard, Web-based training (WBT)
  • Safe Sleep: Creating Safe Sleep Environments for Infants, WBT
  • Child Development and the Effects of Trauma: The Essentials, WBT
  • One of the following WBTs (select the course that corresponds best to the ages of children/youth you would like to foster. If you’re unsure, just pick one and you can choose others later):
    • Child Development and the Effects of Trauma: Infant and Toddler Development
    • Child Development and the Effects of Trauma: School Age Child Development
    • Child Development and the Effects of Trauma: Adolescent Development
  • Foster Parent Fundamentals, hybrid training (Note: You must complete all of the WBTs before you participate in Foster Parent Fundamentals)

You can read more about and register for all of these learning experiences below. 

Registration Instructions

To register for the Web-based trainings, find the course title below and click on its green enrollment button.

To register for Foster Parent Fundamentals, find the course title below and click on it, which will enroll you into the course. That means that you will have access to all the course activities and resources and that the system will track your completion. It DOES NOT mean that you are registered for any individual classroom session being offered. In order to register for a particular classroom session, scroll to the “Classroom Activities” section of the course and find the region in which you would like to attend the session. When you find a location and date that work for you, click Sign-up; this will register you for the individual classroom session of that particular course.

The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard (WBT) (foster)

Target audience: foster, kinship, and adoptive parents; caseworkers; supervisors; managers and directors; CDHS staff

On a daily basis, parents and caregivers are faced with decisions regarding their children’s safety, permanency, and well-being. These decisions require the use of judgment. The task is complicated for caregivers of children and youth in foster care given the number of laws, policies, guidelines, and rules that restrict activities and require potentially time-consuming approval processes.

Safe Sleep: Creating Safe Sleeping Environments for Infants (WBT) (foster)

Target audience: caseworkers, supervisors, and foster, kin, and adoptive parents

In this interactive Web-based training, you will learn about creating safe sleeping environments for infants. You’ll explore customs and myths related to infant sleep along with recommended approaches and interventions associated with reductions in the risk of sleep-related infant deaths.

Child Development and the Effects of Trauma: The Essentials (WBT) (foster)

Target audience: caseworkers; supervisors; foster, kinship, and adoptive parents

This interactive, self-guided online course is designed to help child welfare professionals and foster, kinship, and adoptive parents understand the impact of trauma on the development of children and youth who have experienced child abuse and neglect.

Child Development and the Effects of Trauma: Infant and Toddler (WBT) (foster)

Target audience: caseworkers; supervisors; foster, kinship, and adoptive parents

This interactive, self-guided online course is designed to help child welfare professionals and foster, kinship, and adoptive parents understand the impact of trauma on the development of infants and toddlers who have experienced child abuse and neglect.


Child Development and the Effects of Trauma: School Age Child (WBT) (foster)

Target audience: caseworkers; supervisors; foster, kinship, and adoptive parents

This interactive, self-guided online course is designed to help child welfare professionals and foster, kinship, and adoptive parents understand the impact of trauma on the development of school age children who have experienced child abuse and neglect.

Child Development and the Effects of Trauma: Adolescent Development (WBT) (foster)

Target audience: caseworkers; supervisors; foster, kinship, and adoptive parents

This interactive, self-guided online course is designed to help child welfare professionals and foster, kinship, and adoptive parents understand the impact of trauma on the development of adolescents who have experienced child abuse and neglect.


Foster Parent Fundamentals: Healing. Hope.

Target Audience: new foster, kinship, or adoptive parents

Before the placement of a child or youth in your home, the State of Colorado requires you to complete initial training in a statewide core curriculum. Anyone planning to operate a foster family home in Colorado must achieve a total of 27 hours of pre-certification training, including completion of an initial 12 hours of training prior to a child or youth being placed in your home, as well as certification in first aid (or the equivalent) and CPR for the ages of children or youth in your care. The CWTS Foster Parent Fundamentals hybrid course fulfills this initial 12-hour requirement, providing you with 13.5 hours of training.