The Alliance staff of trainers and specialists work with you to provide ongoing support once you accept a child into your home. During each three-year licensing period, all licensed foster care providers, relative caregivers and adoptive parents are required to complete ongoing training. Classes are offered on many subjects, such as mental health, child management and transitioning to independence.
Our class schedule is flexible, and we hold many programs in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate your busy schedule. All classes and support services are free of charge.
- Training Videos: A collection of additional training resources for caregivers.
- Practice Notes & Research: Practice Notes is a publication of the University of North Carolina School of Social Work and the Jordan Institute for Families.
- Positive Discipline Trainings: Information about the Alliance's course offerings on positive discipline.
Resources for Caregivers
- Fostering Together: A statewide organization that strives to increase the number of foster families across Western Washington, help families with the licensing process, and provide ongoing support to ensure their success.
- FosteringWA: A program of Eastern Washington University that seeks to adapt a successful foster parent peer mentoring program to meet the needs of Eastern Washington’s families.
- The Foster Parents Association of Washington State: FPAWS is a non-profit corporation chartered in 1973 that provides support and services to foster families throughout the State of Washington.
Resources for Becoming a Licensed Foster Parent
- Becoming a Foster Parent: The Department of Children, Youth, and Families' comprehensive collection of resources on becoming a licensed foster parent in WA state.
- Training Requirements: A list of trainings required to become a licensed foster parent.
- Frequently Asked Questions: More helpful information on becoming a foster parent.