Foster Care

Foster Parent/Family Home — Training & Licensing

Damar Foster Care Services values foster parents as a vital resource to foster children and their birth families. In accordance with state licensing requirements, the agency offers the Resource and Adoptive Parent Training (RAPT) 10-hour pre-service training curriculum; First Aid, CPR and Universal Precautions training; and various in-service trainings to licensed foster and adoptive families.

In order to ensure that you are adequately prepared to meet the challenges of foster parenting, Damar also requires an additional 10 hours of pre-service training before becoming licensed. We feel strongly that this extra training provides valuable information that will result in better outcomes for everyone.

The pre-service training curriculum focuses on the following concepts:

  • Teambuilding
  • Family Systems
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Impact of Abuse and Neglect on Child Development
  • Trauma
  • Attachment, Separation and Placement
  • Discipline
  • Cultural Issues in Placement
  • Primary Families
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Special Needs of Foster Children
  • Effects of Caregiving on the Family

An additional 15 hours of in-service training is required each year to maintain your foster parent license.

Foster parent applicants and licensees must also complete First Aid, CPR and Universal Precautions training before initial licensing, as well as on an ongoing basis, to maintain a foster home license.

Applicants and licensed foster parents who are exploring the option of adopting a child or sibling group through foster care will need to complete an additional six hours of Resource and Adoptive Parent (RAPT) Adoption training offered by Damar Foster Care Services.