Foster, Adoption and Kinship Training
About the Program
The Child Welfare Training Partnership is a collaboration between the Vermont Department for Children and Families and the University of Vermont that offers learning opportunities for Vermont foster, adoptive and kinship parents around the state. This includes training required to become licensed foster families as well as advanced trainings for caregivers.Foster and kin caregivers are required to complete training in order to become licensed foster families. Foundations for Kinship, Foster and Adoptive Families is a two-part training curriculum designed for kin and foster families in the state of Vermont.
The first component of Foundations Part 1 (formerly called First Steps) is designed to be attended prior to or just after placement of a child. The Foundations Part 1 training offers two separate courses – one designed specifically for kinship families and one designed for foster families. The curriculum is set up this way to address and meet the specific needs of kinship and foster families. The Foundations Part 1 training is offered frequently throughout the year and gives families the option of taking the class over four or five 1 ½ hour teleconference sessions, or one all day classroom session.
The second component Foundations Part 2, classroom sessions, consists of six sessions that are offered in each district two – three times per year. Kinship and foster families come together to attend this class, giving families the opportunity to learn in a safe, engaging environment where they can learn from and receive support from instructors, their Resource Coordinator and each other.
In addition to Foundations training, CWTP also offers Fostering to Forever…a Lifelong Journey. This 3.5-hour class is required for families that are adopting a child or youth through DCF and is strongly suggested for families that are providing foster care that hope to provide permanent homes for children through adoption or permanent guardianship. It is designed to help families prepare for this on-going commitment. These classes are offered at least twice a year in every district in the state.
Advanced TrainingCWTP offers additional advanced trainings around the state throughout the year. Past trainings include but are not limited to: Developmental Trauma 101 and Strategies, Understanding and Responding to Sexual Behavior in Children and Adolescents, The Impact of Substance Abuse on Families, and Plugged in: Technology, the Internet, and Child Safety. CWTP offers trainings at regional VFAFA Chapters as well as at the Vermont Foster and Adoptive Family Association's (VFAFA) annual conferences.
In FY2017 the advanced training program for caregivers will include: Resource Parent Curriculum +, Youth Thrive, Caring for LGBTQ Youth in Care, Human and Sex Trafficking and Safety Training for Caregivers. These trainings will be offered regionally and coordinated with Family Services Division (FSD) District Offices.