A foster parent certification
is valid for two years from the date of licensing. Every two years, foster parents must go through a re certification process. This process entails our Licensing Specialist returning to your home to discuss with you any changes in your home, family, etc. She will ask you about any problems or concerns you may have with the agency as well as any praise or suggestions for improvements that can be made.
After becoming licensed, individuals who are licensed as a Family Foster Home are required to complete 40 hours of continuing training every two years to maintain their license and those who are licensed as Treatment Foster Homes are required to complete 60 hours of continuing training every two years. Foster parents may complete 1/3 of these hours through online trainings or books and/or video trainings. The remainder of continuing training hours must be held in a classroom setting with an instructor present.Kids Count Too
provides 2 hours per month of continuing training. Our agency also provides child care during most of our continuing trainings, as we understand how difficult it may be to find someone to care for foster children during this time. Our training topics are determined based on the needs of our foster parents at the current time and the information that is provided on the foster parent training needs assessment forms, which are completed upon foster parent re-certification every two years. Foster parents may choose to attend outside trainings at other facilities with the approval of the Administrator of Kids Count Too.
Kids Count Too also offers our monthly continuing training sessions to current foster parents via online streaming for those who live farther away and are unable to attend due to travel distance. Please contact the office for more information regarding this program.