Foster Care Training in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano

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Foster Care Training - Public and Private

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. Contracted by Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, every class is led by certified personnel who conform to best practices.

Examples of training subjects include:

  • pre-service training for adoptive and foster parents
  • working within the child welfare system
  • foster and adoptive parent orientation
  • trauma-informed parenting
  • de-escalation techniques
  • First Aid/CPR
  • cultural competency
  • compassion fatigue

FAQs on Training for Resource Families and Professionals

Who are these service trainings open to?

Trainings are primarily open to current and applying foster and adoptive parents (Resource Parents), kinship caregivers, mental health and child welfare service providers, staff at accredited foster family agencies and individuals in need of continuing education and requisite training hours (CEUs).

Where are training sessions located?

Training classes are available in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano. Please see below for our training calendar and to register for an upcoming session.

How often does service training occur?

We aim to provide training sessions at least once a month, if not more frequently. For specific dates and information about classes and training sessions coming up, please see below for our detailed training calendar.

Get in Touch

Interested in learning more about service training and upcoming foster care training sessions and classes? Contact us via email at traininginfo@afs4kids.org or call (916) 254-5200 to learn more.

Helpful Links

To learn more about foster care, mental health and the Resource Parent application process, be sure to check out these helpful links:

Training Calendar

Sign up for any class via email at: traininginfo@afs4kids.org
Please include the training, date and city in the subject line.

Vicarious Trauma - Preventing Burnout When Working with System Involved Youth

For Caregivers
DISTANCE LEARNING
5/11/2022
5:30PM - 8:30PM

In discussion, trainer explores how interacting with seriously traumatized children has the potential to affect care-givers. Trainer begins with an introduction to post-traumatic stress disorder as being one of the possible negative consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Trainer discusses the concepts of vicarious traumatization, secondary traumatic stress, burnout and compassion fatigue, as potential adverse consequences for adults who strive to help children who have been traumatized or victimized.

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Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

For Caregivers
DISTANCE LEARNING
5/12/2022
6:00PM - 8:00PM

This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

Register Here

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

For Caregivers
DISTANCE LEARNING
5/19/2022
6:00PM - 8:00PM

This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

Register Here

Vicarious Trauma - Preventing Burnout When Working with System Involved Youth

For Caregivers
DISTANCE LEARNING
5/25/2022
5:30PM - 8:30PM

In discussion, trainer explores how interacting with seriously traumatized children has the potential to affect care-givers. Trainer begins with an introduction to post-traumatic stress disorder as being one of the possible negative consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Trainer discusses the concepts of vicarious traumatization, secondary traumatic stress, burnout and compassion fatigue, as potential adverse consequences for adults who strive to help children who have been traumatized or victimized.

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Vicarious Trauma - Preventing Burnout When Working with System Involved Youth- Spanish

For Caregivers
DISTANCE LEARNING
5/27/2022
10:00AM - 1:00PM

In discussion, trainer explores how interacting with seriously traumatized children has the potential to affect care-givers. Trainer begins with an introduction to post-traumatic stress disorder as being one of the possible negative consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Trainer discusses the concepts of vicarious traumatization, secondary traumatic stress, burnout and compassion fatigue, as potential adverse consequences for adults who strive to help children who have been traumatized or victimized.

Register Here

Vicarious Trauma - Preventing Burnout When Working with System Involved Youth- Spanish

For Caregivers
DISTANCE LEARNING
5/11/2022
5:30PM - 8:30PM

In discussion, trainer explores how interacting with seriously traumatized children has the potential to affect care-givers. Trainer begins with an introduction to post-traumatic stress disorder as being one of the possible negative consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Trainer discusses the concepts of vicarious traumatization, secondary traumatic stress, burnout and compassion fatigue, as potential adverse consequences for adults who strive to help children who have been traumatized or victimized.

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Resource Family Pre Approval Training - Session 1&2

For Caregivers
DISTANCE LEARNING
5/14/2022
10:00AM - 4:00PM

This training is designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will receive a better understanding of the foster care system structure and explore how to provide a well-planned, safe, and secure environment designed to meet children's individual and unique needs, and how to create an environment that promotes children's social emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Participants will continue to review; Interim Licensing Standard, Child Growth and Development, Medication Guidelines, Discipline, Working with Biological Families and understanding the Effects of Trauma.

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Resource Family Pre Approval Training - Session 3&4

For Caregivers
DISTANCE LEARNING
5/21/2022
10:00AM - 4:00PM

This training is designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will receive a better understanding of the foster care system structure and explore how to provide a well-planned, safe, and secure environment designed to meet children's individual and unique needs, and how to create an environment that promotes children's social emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Participants will continue to review; Interim Licensing Standard, Child Growth and Development, Medication Guidelines, Discipline, Working with Biological Families and understanding the Effects of Trauma.

Register Here

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

For Caregivers
DISTANCE LEARNING
5/27/2022
6:00PM - 8:00PM

This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

Register Here