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Foster Care Training Schedule

Beech Acres Parenting Center has matched children with safe, loving, well-trained foster parents for over 40 years. But we need your help. There is a child in this community waiting for someone just like you–someone who can provide a safe haven, open arms, and a loving heart. We will train you and guide you every step of your journey. See our training schedule below.

More than ever, Greater Cincinnati kids need foster parents. Every day, around 1,800 children in Hamilton County need foster care. Add Clermont, Warren, Butler, and the other Greater Cincinnati counties, and the number of youth in need of foster care is staggering.

Every child deserves a stable and secure home. Foster parents give our community’s most vulnerable children a safe, loving environment in which they can grow and thrive.

Are you a licensed foster care parent?

Preservice Training

Date / Time

02/24/2024

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Preservice Module 3: Basics of Child Placement & Medication Management

Preservice Module 3 reviews the referral, placement, and matching process. We will also discuss what an informed decision is and the agency’s involvement post-placement. The last section of the training will review medication management.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Times, dates, and location are subject to change.  Video is required. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

02/24/2024

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Preservice Module 4: Trauma & Its Impact

This class helps participants understand trauma and toxic stress. Participants will also learn how the brain adapts based on experience and it’s impact on attachment and development. Lastly, participants will identify the needs to learn new skills and knowledge when providing care to a child who has experienced trauma.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Times, dates, and location are subject to change.  Video is required. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

03/02/2024

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Preservice Module 5: Discipline Foundations & Permanency

This class helps participants identify the knowledge and skills needed to effectively use discipline strategies, identify components of an effective approach to discipline, and identify three elements of an effective discipline strategy. We will also explore de-escalation strategies. The latter part of the training will review legal permanency options for the child and help to describe your role in supporting permanency goals.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Times, dates, and location are subject to change.  Video is required. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

 

Date / Time

03/02/2024

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Preservice Module 6: Roles and Responsibilities & Diversity

What are the roles and responsibilities of a foster care parent? In this module we will review those roles and responsibilities. Participants will also learn about diversity in the following ways: identify humility and competence as they relate to diversity, discuss issues of disproportionality and disparity within the child protection system, review implicit bias, identify strategies to provide an inclusive and equitable home.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Video is required.

 

Date / Time

03/09/2024

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Preservice Module 7: Partnering with Primary Families & Maintaining Connections

During this module participants will describe the benefits of partnering with the primary parent, identify strategies to be an effective partner, and summarize the importance of relationships to children in care.. Participants will also learn to identify the C.A.R.E. guide as Ohio’s recommended best practice in co-parenting and reunification efforts. Lastly, we will discuss how to support relationships with other important people, including siblings.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Times, dates, and location are subject to change.  Video is required. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

 

Date / Time

04/09/2024

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Preservice Module 1: Orientation & the Effects of Caregiving

Module 1 provides an overview of the child welfare system and examines the differences between foster care, adoption, and kinship care. Participants receive information about the needs of waiting children as well as the process of becoming a foster or kinship caregiver or adoptive parent. We will also examine the impact of foster care, kinship care, and adoption on individual members of the caregiving family as well as the impact on their relationships with one another. Participants are introduced to effective coping strategies to prevent against burnout and secondary traumatic stress.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Times, dates, and location are subject to change.  Video is required. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

Date / Time

04/11/2024

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Preservice Module 2: Child & Adolescent Development

Module 2 introduces the core concepts of early childhood development. Participants receive an overview of brain development and gain an awareness of the importance of attachment, self-regulation, and initiative to child development. Factors that enhance development are also addressed. We will also review the developmental changes that happen during adolescence and the foster parent’s role in preparing the youth for independent living.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Times, dates, and location are subject to change.  Video is required. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

 

Date / Time

04/16/2024

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Preservice Module 3: Basics of Child Placement & Medication Management

Preservice Module 3 reviews the referral, placement, and matching process. We will also discuss what an informed decision is and the agency’s involvement post-placement. The last section of the training will review medication management.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Times, dates, and location are subject to change.  Video is required. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

04/18/2024

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Preservice Module 4: Trauma & Its Impact

This class helps participants understand trauma and toxic stress. Participants will also learn how the brain adapts based on experience and it’s impact on attachment and development. Lastly, participants will identify the needs to learn new skills and knowledge when providing care to a child who has experienced trauma.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Times, dates, and location are subject to change.  Video is required. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

04/23/2024

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Preservice Module 5: Discipline Foundations & Permanency

This class helps participants identify the knowledge and skills needed to effectively use discipline strategies, identify components of an effective approach to discipline, and identify three elements of an effective discipline strategy. We will also explore de-escalation strategies. The latter part of the training will review legal permanency options for the child and help to describe your role in supporting permanency goals.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Times, dates, and location are subject to change.  Video is required. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

 

Date / Time

04/25/2024

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Preservice Module 6: Roles and Responsibilities & Diversity

What are the roles and responsibilities of a foster care parent? In this module we will review those roles and responsibilities. Participants will also learn about diversity in the following ways: identify humility and competence as they relate to diversity, discuss issues of disproportionality and disparity within the child protection system, review implicit bias, identify strategies to provide an inclusive and equitable home.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Video is required.

 

Date / Time

04/30/2024

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Preservice Module 7: Partnering with Primary Families & Maintaining Connections

During this module participants will describe the benefits of partnering with the primary parent, identify strategies to be an effective partner, and summarize the importance of relationships to children in care.. Participants will also learn to identify the C.A.R.E. guide as Ohio’s recommended best practice in co-parenting and reunification efforts. Lastly, we will discuss how to support relationships with other important people, including siblings.

**This training is currently scheduled as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Times, dates, and location are subject to change.  Video is required. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

 

Ongoing Training

Date / Time

02/24/2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In-Person Ongoing Training: A Conversation with Mothers

 

Beech Acres hosts a panel discussion with three mothers with lived experience in recovery from addiction and with the child welfare system. Hannah, Erica, & Kate are eager to openly discuss addiction recovery, the child welfare system, relationships with foster parents, and how to work together for the betterment of the children. Come prepared to listen and engage in open dialogue about how to better establish respectful and positive relationships with the families you support through foster parenting.

If you have specific questions you would like address please complete this form: https://forms.gle/qn9iUKxh5u7qeWvv6 (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser)

After your registration is processed and accepted, you will receive an email with additional meeting instructions. Please register for each attendee. If for some reason you are unable to attend after registering, please notify us immediately at fctraining@beechacres.org so that we can offer that spot to the next attendee.

**This training is scheduled for in person at our location: 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500, Cincinnati, OH 45202. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

 

Beech Acres Parenting Center
615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500
Cincinnati, OH, 45202

Date / Time

02/27/2024

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Elective Training: An Overview of Adoption with guest speaker Judge Ralph Winkler

In this ongoing training for licensed foster parents, we will discuss some of the challenges families face in the adoption process. Hamilton County Probate Court Judge Ralph Winkler will be joining our discussion for a brief Q&A session. 

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices. This class is only open to licensed foster parents with Beech Acres. 

Hamilton County Probate Court Judge Ralph Winkler has served our community with distinction for over 20 years as part of our county’s judiciary, first in Municipal Court, then the Court of Common Pleas and currently as the Probate Judge.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Ralph Winkler, worked 11 years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and a Probate Lawyer. In his 20 years on the bench, Judge Ralph Winkler has presided over more than 70,000 cases.

Judge Ralph Winkler’s compassion for the children awaiting adoption in our community and those suffering from mental illness, prompted him to seek this position. 

Judge Winkler is married to Tracy Winkler. They have 3 daughters, Allison, Andrea and Allayna and 7 beautiful grandchildren.

Date / Time

03/02/2024

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Initial: A Trauma Informed Approach to Understanding and Supporting Behaviors in Crisis (In Person)

*Reminder* This initial course is required for all foster parents prior to taking the crisis refresher course. If you are unsure if you need to take this class, please reach out to fctraining@beechacres.org.

This class is for Ongoing Training and is only open to licensed foster parents.

When working with a foster child in crisis, you need to have a specific plan for supporting your child. Because behavior is communication, you can help to effectively de-escalate crisis situations by responding in intentional, strength-based, and mindful ways.  This training will help you to better understand your child’s behavior, identify different stages of a behavioral crisis, and provide tools for intentional, strength-based, mindful interventions.

This class will include a 30 minute lunch break at approximately 12pm.

PLEASE NOTE: This class satisfies the required Crisis Intervention/De-escalation training topic and can be substituted for NCI or NCI Refresher.

**This class is conducted in person at our offices at 615 Elisnore Place, Suite 500, Cincinnati, OH**
Please reserve one ticket per attendee. 

Beech Acres Parenting Center
615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500
Cincinnati, OH, 45202

Date / Time

03/07/2024

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ongoing Training: Lunch & Learn: A Discussion on Human Trafficking

In-Person Lunch & Learn

This class is for Ongoing Training and is only open to licensed foster parents.

Join us for this in person ongoing training session – for March, we will be discussing the impacts of human trafficking especially as it pertains to children & youth in foster care. Lunch will be provided so be sure to register in advance. This is a great opportunity learn, receive training credit hours, and to network!

This training is currently scheduled to take place, in person, at the Beech Acres office – 615 Elsinore Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Please reserve one ticket per attendee.

Beech Acres Parenting Center
615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500
Cincinnati, OH, 45202

Date / Time

03/11/2024

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Ongoing Training: Independent Living

Independent Living

This class is for Ongoing Training and is only open to licensed foster parents.

This ongoing training aimed to provide foster parents the necessary tools to understand, teach, and encourage independent living skills. All foster parents are welcome to attend. If you are licensed to care for children who are 14 or older, this is a required training to be completed once per licensure period.

 

**Training is currently occurring in a virtual environment. All dates and locations are subject to change as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.

Date / Time

03/14/2024

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ongoing Training: Independent Living

Independent Living

This class is for Ongoing Training and is only open to licensed foster parents.

This ongoing training aimed to provide foster parents the necessary tools to understand, teach, and encourage independent living skills. All foster parents are welcome to attend. If you are licensed to care for children who are 14 or older, this is a required training to be completed once per licensure period.

 

**Training is currently occurring in a virtual environment. All dates and locations are subject to change as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.

Date / Time

03/16/2024

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ongoing Training: Resource Readiness Workshop

This workshop is designed for Beech Acres Foster Parents licensed after January 1, 2023.

****This training will occur as a virtual Live Synchronous Webinar. Video is required.

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.****

The Resource Readiness workshop will provide 7 hours of training and will cover the Resource Readiness topics required on the ITNA and Training Plan.

Topics covered include:

  • Prevention, recognition, and management of Communicable Diseases
  • Health and social services available to foster children & families
  • Understanding substance abuse
  • Education advocacy
  • Cultural & diversity issues
  • Family safety
  • Building attachment
  • Caring for children who have been sexually abused
  • Placement Transitions
  • Mental health & self-care
  • Legal & Ethical issues for caregivers

 

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ryshel: rbowling@beechacres.org or Terry: tchapman@beechacres.org

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.

Date / Time

03/20/2024

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

March: Foster Parent Support Meeting – Open Discussion

 

This training is an elective credit and the topic of discussion will change monthly.  It is a chance for Beech Acres families to gather together, discuss relevant topics, and encourage each other.  (open only to Beech Acres affiliated attendees)

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.

Date / Time

03/26/2024

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Elective Training: Parenting With Strengths

Parenting With Strengths

Ongoing Elective Training for Licensed Foster Parents

We will discuss the VIA Character Strengths, talk about the strengths of children in our home, and lastly play a virtual game of strengths Bingo.

 

 

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.

Date / Time

04/04/2024

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ongoing Training: Lunch & Learn: “Decriminalizing” Foster Care

In-Person Lunch & Learn

This class is for Ongoing Training and is only open to licensed foster parents.

Being in foster care can greatly increase the likelihood of our children interacting with law enforcement or entering the juvenile/criminal justice system.

Join us for this in person ongoing training session – for April, we will be discussing the “decriminalization” of foster care and thinking of ways to prioritize the well being of our children while minimizing punitive measures.

Lunch will be provided so be sure to register in advance. This is a great opportunity learn, receive training credit hours, and to network!

This training is currently scheduled to take place, in person, at the Beech Acres office – 615 Elsinore Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Please reserve one ticket per attendee.

Beech Acres Parenting Center
615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500
Cincinnati, OH, 45202

Date / Time

04/08/2024

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Ongoing Training: Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases

This is an ongoing training class for already licensed foster parents.

Because children are exposed to a variety of environments, it is imperative that caregivers have the ability to identify common concerns quickly in order to stop the spread of disease processes and help keep their families healthy. In addition to signs and symptoms, you will review best practices in preventing the further spread of illness.

**Training is currently occurring in a virtual environment. All dates and locations are subject to change as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.

 

Date / Time

04/13/2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In-Person Ongoing Training: Car Seat Safety

This class is for Ongoing Training and is only open to licensed foster parents.

This class will cover car seat safety in depth including topics of rear vs forward facing, choosing the best seat for your needs, installation, booster seat basics as well as when it is time to go seatless.

After your registration is processed and accepted, you will receive an email with additional meeting instructions. Please register for each attendee. If for some reason you are unable to attend after registering, please notify us immediately at fctraining@beechacres.org so that we can offer that spot to the next attendee.

**This training is scheduled for in person at our location: 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500, Cincinnati, OH 45202. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

 

Beech Acres Parenting Center
615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500
Cincinnati, OH, 45202

Date / Time

04/17/2024

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

April: Foster Parent Support Meeting – Burnout & Vicarious Trauma

 

This training is an elective credit and the topic of discussion will change monthly.  It is a chance for Beech Acres families to gather together, discuss relevant topics, and encourage each other.  (open only to Beech Acres affiliated attendees)

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.

Date / Time

04/24/2024

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ongoing Training: Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases

This is an ongoing training class for already licensed foster parents.

Because children are exposed to a variety of environments, it is imperative that caregivers have the ability to identify common concerns quickly in order to stop the spread of disease processes and help keep their families healthy. In addition to signs and symptoms, you will review best practices in preventing the further spread of illness.

**Training is currently occurring in a virtual environment. All dates and locations are subject to change as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.

 

Date / Time

04/29/2024

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Elective Training: Functional Tapping

Functional Tapping

Ongoing Elective Training for Licensed Foster Parents

Beech Acres is excited to welcome Tijana Coso, an expert on Functional Tapping.

Tapping is an accessible way to reduce anxiety, replace harmful habits with positive ones, process trauma, address phobias, ground your energy, enhance performance, and much more.  Tapping can be a great portal for self-care and an effective intervention for managing the big emotions children face while in care.

Jenni Cattran and Ti will provide a quick overview of the science and benefits associated with this evidence-based therapeutic modality.  Once we understand the model and learn the tapping acupoints, we will dive into the practical application so we can gain fluency and utilize the method for ourselves and the children we serve.  Prepare to roll up your sleeves by bringing examples of issues you want to improve for yourself and the children in your care with Tapping.

 

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.

Date / Time

05/04/2024

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ongoing Training: In-Person CPR and First Aid for Recertifcation

This class is for Ongoing Training and is only open to licensed foster parents with Beech Acres.

All Foster Parents are required to attend a CPR and First Aid Training course for Adult, Child, and Infant CPR, First Aid, and AED. This training is only open to currently licensed foster parents and class size is limited. After your registration is processed and accepted, you will receive an email with additional meeting instructions. Please register for each attendee. If for some reason you are unable to attend after registering, please notify us immediately at fctraining@beechacres.org so that we can offer that spot to the next attendee.

**This training is scheduled for in person at our location: 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500, Cincinnati, OH 45202. If registration has closed or tickets are otherwise unavailable, please contact us at FCTraining@BeechAcres.org for more information.

 

Date / Time

05/15/2024

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

May: Foster Parent Support Meeting – Finding Good Childcare

 

This training is an elective credit and the topic of discussion will change monthly.  It is a chance for Beech Acres families to gather together, discuss relevant topics, and encourage each other.  (open only to Beech Acres affiliated attendees)

Please reserve one ticket per attendee. Video required for training credit. Same-household attendees may attend on one or multiple devices.