Foster parents know that each year they must get continuing education so they can maintain their legal status as foster parents. Worst case scenario you have to pay for babysitting in order to drive countless miles and sit in a blandly decorated and poorly ventilated room. Once you get there you have the honor of sitting on cheap folding chairs as you watch outdated videos.
In my opinion there’s a much better option, and that’s www.fosterparents.com.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have been inspired and helped tremendously by videos, books, and speakers, and there is nothing as beneficial as interaction with other human beings. However, for my money (and time), I prefer fosterparents.com and their online training.
What is fosterparents.com? It is a website that gathers informative articles from a crazily diverse set of experts (and by that I mean experienced parents and social workers in addition to family therapists and specialists with degrees). There’s no way your run of the mills class is going to have that many experts at your disposal. It’s very unlikely that you’ll get to sit down and learn from therapists, social workers, and other experts all at once.
Fosterparents.com allows you to buy and download articles on a WIDE range of helpful topics and then to take a test afterwards. Once you’ve completed and passed a test that counts toward your continued training. They even include a First Aid & CPR training refresher course. Additionally they have Spanish and English courses available.
The site is relatively cheap, approx $10 for 3 hours of training. I love how flexible online courses are for my schedule. You can read and take the tests on your own time. I have 6 kids and that means lots of appointments, lessons, and you name it. Fosterparents.com is a real Godsend. Yes the convenience is great, but the real value is the detailed, practical information they offer. You might just find yourself taking some EXTRA classes, just because you want to.
I have learned a lot about each one of my children’s issues, and learned some techniques for improving communication. As parents it’s our job to help our kids however we can, and that’s why it’s so important to continuously learn more about what they’re going through.
If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out all of the amazing testimonials they have on their site.
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