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The Resource Parent Training Program offers learning opportunities that support adoptive, foster and kinship parents in their effort to provide a safe, nurturing and loving environment for the children in their care.

Training goals include:


  1. To give resource parents the information needed to handle routine matters such as medical and psychological care, clothing needs, education, and visitation with the birth family.
  2. To provide foster parents with the skills needed to handle problems as they arise.
  3. To develop problem-solving and teamwork skills
  4. To teach resource parents the required ethical and legal standards for compliance.
  5. To assist resource parents in anticipating the negative, critical or distrustful attitudes that foster children often exhibit.
  6. To identify elements of the foster child's behavior that can be attributed to the experience of being a foster child.
  7. To share with prospective resource parents the experiences of veteran resource parents with particular emphasis on building positive relationships with birth families and DCS staff.

The tables below provide a visual explanation of training requirements based on DCS Policy 16.8.


Pre-Approval Training

Prior to becoming an approved resource parent, applicants must attend and participate in PATH (Parents as Tender Healers) training.


Pre-Service (PATH) for Traditional & Kinship Applicants 23 hours
Orientation 2 hours
Understanding the Child Welfare System 3 hours
Impact of Trauma on Children 3 hours
Cultural Awareness 1 hour
Expert Panel 2 hours
Effective Discipline 3 hours
CPR/First Aid 4 hours
Medication Administration 4 hours
Homework/Support Team Meeting 1 hour

Support Team Meetings – Provided during the pre-approval process – 1 hour. PATH trainers meet with applicants to discuss homework and gather information needed for PATH Participant Assessment Form. Homework certificate is issued during this course.

On-Going Training (After Approval)

Resource parents must receive continuing education training after approval. For the first and second year as a resource parent there are specific classes resource parents must attend.

For the post-approval training there are different training tracks depending on the family's status of either “traditional” or “kinship”:

Traditional Resource Parents must complete the following classes after approval:


First Year – total of 14 hours
Second Year – total of 14 hours
Working with the Education System – 2 hours
Working with the Education System – 2 hours
Helping Children Make Transitions – 3 hours
CPR/First Aid – 4 hours
Fostering Positive Behavior for Resource Parents
– 3 hours
Medication Administration – 2 hours
Child Development – 2 hours
Parenting the Sexually Abused Child – 3 hours
Cultural Awareness – 1 hour
Cultural Awareness – 1 hour
Working with Birth Parents – 3 hours
Connecting Children & Parents through
Visitation (1 Hour – All parents approved in 2013 and thereafter will require this course)
 
What to Know About Child Exploitation and Human
Trafficking (1 Hour – All parents approved in 2013 and thereafter will require this course)

Kinship Resource Parents must complete the following classes after approval:


First Year – total of 17 hours
Second Year – total of 14 hours
Working with the Education System – 2 hours
Working with the Education System – 2 hours
Helping Children Make Transitions – 3 hours
CPR/First Aid – 4 hours
Fostering Positive Behavior for Resource Parents
– 3 hours
Medication Administration – 2 hours
Child Development – 2 hours
Parenting the Sexually Abused Child – 3 hours
Cultural Awareness – 1 hour
Cultural Awareness – 1 hour
Family Role Conflict – 3 hours
Connecting Children & Parents through
Visitation (1 Hour – All parents approved in 2013 and thereafter will require this course)
Family Dynamics – 3 hours
What to Know About Child Exploitation and
Human Trafficking (1 Hour – All parents approved in 2013 and thereafter will require this course)

Resource parents in their third year or thereafter are required to receive 15 hours of training annually. These hours may be obtained by completing approved elective courses, attending the annual conference, Super Saturday events, Foster Parent College, approved books and videos.

DCS Resource Parent Training Information
http://www.tn.gov/youth/training/rptraining.shtml