AFS provides free, comprehensive foster care training to public and private agencies and individuals on a variety of topics related to foster care, mental health and family support through two separate training programs:
- AFS Foster Care Training in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties
- Parenting for Permanency College for San Francisco Resource Parents
Examples of training courses include:
- Resource family pre-approval training
- Foster kinship care
- Trauma-informed parenting for foster families caring for youth who have experienced abuse or neglect
- Working with sexually exploited children in the child welfare system
- Compassion fatigue
- Cultural competency
- Mindfulness training
- Helping youth in foster care through the holidays
- CPR/First Aid training for service providers
- Intake and matching strategies for service providers
Why is Foster Care Training Necessary?
To work with foster youth, either as a resource parent or as a staff member at an accredited agency, training and ongoing education are often required by a licensing body and/or overseeing government body. Pre-service training equips mental health workers, foster family agency staff and foster care providers with the skills, tools and techniques needed to specifically help and support the unique needs and attributes of foster children and youth.
Consider these statistics:
- Foster youth are seven times more likely than non-foster youth to have Depression, and five times more likely to have Anxiety.
- In comparison to veterans, former foster youth are twice as likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- One out of every two foster youth has dealt with four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences.
- Eight out of every 10 foster youth enter the system with notable mental health needs.
- Just under four out of every 10 – 38 percent, to be precise – foster youth in California will never find a permanent housing placement.