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  is a trauma informed training curriculum designed for kin and foster families in the state of Vermont.

In addition to Foundations training, CWTP also offers Fostering to Forever…a Lifelong Journey.  This 3.5hour 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. Please click here to learn more.

Advanced Training

Child with writing tabletCWTP 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.