Foster Care and Adoption Training

Foster Care Training

Foster parents are required to participate in the following training before welcoming a foster child into their home:

  • Attend an 1.5 hour orientation meeting;
  • Fulfill 27 hours of pre-service training, typically held in a group setting, meeting for three hours one evening a week over a 9 week period. Individual training is available for potential foster parents unable to attend evening classes;
  • Complete Catholic Church’s Protecting God’s Children VIRTUS curriculum, a three hour class taught by DCCH staff.

Adoption Training

Adoption training is similar to foster parent training and includes:

  • Attending an 1.5 hour orientation meeting;
  • Fulfilling 27 hours of pre-service training, typically held in a group setting, meeting for three hours one evening a week over a 9 week period. Individual training is available for potential adoptive parents unable to attend evening classes;
  • Completing Catholic Church’s Protecting God’s Children VIRTUS curriculum, a three hour class taught by DCCH staff.

Respite Care Training

DCCH Center for Children and Families asks potential respite care providers to participate in the following training:

  • Attend an orientation meeting;
  • Fulfill nine hours of training;
  • Complete Catholic Church’s Protecting God’s Children VIRTUS curriculum, a three hour class taught by DCCH staff;

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