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 1,200 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

09/19/2020

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

PS Class 7: Transcending Differences in Placement

Pre-service class 7 helps participants gain awareness of their own diversity in order to better understand the diversity of each child that comes into their home. Participants also consider ways they can prepare their home and community to welcome and provide a safe and nurturing environment for a child.

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

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

09/19/2020

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PS Class 8: Helping the Child Manage Emotions and Behaviors

Pre-service class 8 introduces foster and kinship caregivers and adoptive parents to strategies they can use to assist children in learning to manage their emotions and control their behaviors.

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

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

09/26/2020

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

PS Class 9: Understanding Primary Families

Pre-service class 9 presents a rationale for involvement of foster and kinship caregivers and adoptive parents in promoting connections to primary family members, particularly primary parents and siblings. The training encourages a non-judgmental approach to the caregiver’s or parent’s work with primary families to promote reunification.

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

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

09/26/2020

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PS Class 10: The Effects of Caregiving on the Caregiver Family

Pre-service class 10 examines 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.

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

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

10/03/2020

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

PS Class 11: Long-Term Separation

Pre-service class 11 describes the emotions children experience when reunification efforts with the birth parents fail. Feelings of adopted children and children in long-term substitute care placements are explored. Participants will learn about typical triggers of long-term grief.

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

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

10/03/2020

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PS Class 12: Post Adoption Issues for Families

Pre-service class 12 describes adoption dynamics impacting families. Openness in adoption is addressed as well as stages of adjustment for new adoptive families. Post adoption services including subsidy are also discussed in this module.

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

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

10/07/2020

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

October Review for Alternative Caregivers and Respite Providers

This one hour class provides an over view of foster care rules and polices for individuals becoming approved as alternative caregivers or respite providers to care for foster children.

** Please note that this class is not eligible for ongoing training credit and is only approved for Alternative Care and Respite Providers.

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

Date / Time

11/04/2020

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

November Review for Alternative Caregivers and Respite Providers

This one hour class provides an overview of foster care rules and polices for individuals becoming approved as alternative caregivers or respite providers to care for foster children.

** Please note that this class is not eligible for ongoing training credit and is only approved for Alternative Care and Respite Providers.

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

Date / Time

12/02/2020

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

December Review for Alternative Caregivers and Respite Providers

This one hour class provides an overview of foster care rules and polices for individuals becoming approved as alternative caregivers or respite providers to care for foster children.

** Please note that this class is not eligible for ongoing training credit and is only approved for Alternative Care and Respite Providers.

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

Ongoing Training

Date / Time

09/19/2020

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Initial

Seats are limited for this class. Please pre-register in advance for approval to attend.

This is a full-length introductory course. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training is a behavior management system that teaches simple skills for assessing, managing, and responding to risk behavior. The focus is on verbal de-escalation, prevention, and early intervention.

There will be a one-hour lunch break from noon – 1pm.

Required once for all foster parents in their first certification with BAPC.

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

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

09/21/2020

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Child Development

How does a child go from a completely dependent infant to an independent adult? Having a basic understanding of child development can act as a parent’s road map on the journey- allowing you to better appreciate strengths and opportunities for growth in your child. In this class, we will discuss stages and domains of development, milestones, and how development affects parenting decisions.

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

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

09/23/2020

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Child Development

How does a child go from a completely dependent infant to an independent adult? Having a basic understanding of child development can act as a parent’s road map on the journey- allowing you to better appreciate strengths and opportunities for growth in your child. In this class, we will discuss stages and domains of development, milestones, and how development affects parenting decisions.

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

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

09/29/2020

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Rules & Policies

This training is required once per license period for every BAPC foster family.  Updates to state rules and agency policies will be presented. This training promotes safety for all foster children and helps foster parents to remain in compliance with state, local, and agency requirements.

Each attendee must register individually

Date / Time

09/30/2020

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fireside Chat for Foster Parents

Join Jessica Thompson, our Foster Care Director, as she shares the most recent updates to policies and resources for foster parents – a great opportunity to get all your questions answered and make your voice heard.

Elective Credit

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

10/05/2020

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

CARE Refresher

Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) is a trauma-informed practice that uses skills to connect with children through play and redirect problematic behaviors. It can be used with children of all ages. This CARE Refresher course will provide an overview of CARE skills with opportunity for practice and questions.

This class is required once per license period for everyone who has recertified at least once.

You must complete CARE INITIAL training at some point prior to attending. If you are unsure which class you need, please contact ccaudill@beechacres.org BEFORE registering.

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

10/07/2020

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

CARE Refresher

Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) is a trauma-informed practice that uses skills to connect with children through play and redirect problematic behaviors. It can be used with children of all ages. This CARE Refresher course will provide an overview of CARE skills with opportunity for practice and questions.

This class is required once per license period for everyone who has recertified at least once.

You must complete CARE INITIAL training at some point prior to attending. If you are unsure which class you need, please contact ccaudill@beechacres.org BEFORE registering.

Each attendee must register individually.

Date / Time

10/12/2020

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ambassador Meeting

The Foster Care Ambassadors are a voluntary advisory board for our foster care department. Its purpose is to inspire people to become supporters or foster parents, equip foster families /supporters, and innovate to remove barriers and solve areas of hardship foster families face. We meet monthly and anyone who is or has been involved in our program is welcome to attend. In the past, the Ambassador group has helped plan foster parent dinners, the networking ice cream socials we held this summer, organized recruitment events, and more. We are always looking for more people to join and would love to have you be part of the group!

No training credit is given for attending Ambassador Meetings

Date / Time

10/14/2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Foster Parent Support Meeting

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)

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

Date / Time

11/09/2020

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ambassador Meeting

The Foster Care Ambassadors are a voluntary advisory board for our foster care department. Its purpose is to inspire people to become supporters or foster parents, equip foster families /supporters, and innovate to remove barriers and solve areas of hardship foster families face. We meet monthly and anyone who is or has been involved in our program is welcome to attend. In the past, the Ambassador group has helped plan foster parent dinners, the networking ice cream socials we held this summer, organized recruitment events, and more. We are always looking for more people to join and would love to have you be part of the group!

No training credit is given for attending Ambassador Meetings

Date / Time

11/11/2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Foster Parent Support Meeting

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)

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

Date / Time

12/14/2020

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ambassador Meeting

The Foster Care Ambassadors are a voluntary advisory board for our foster care department. Its purpose is to inspire people to become supporters or foster parents, equip foster families /supporters, and innovate to remove barriers and solve areas of hardship foster families face. We meet monthly and anyone who is or has been involved in our program is welcome to attend. In the past, the Ambassador group has helped plan foster parent dinners, the networking ice cream socials we held this summer, organized recruitment events, and more. We are always looking for more people to join and would love to have you be part of the group!

No training credit is given for attending Ambassador Meetings