Foster Parent - Summer/Fall 2020 
Awareness Orientation Classes & Training Classes Schedule & Curriculum Syllabus

Summer/Fall 2020 Awareness Orientation Classes and Foster Parent Training Schedules/Calendar

 

All Orientations and Trainings Held at Celebration Church Annex

601 Westinghouse Road, Georgetown TX 78626

(Unless Otherwise Noted)

UPDATE
Starting April 1, 2020, and for the foreseeable future related to COVID-19 concerns, live meetings will move to an online video conference format.

 

About 4KIDS Foster Parent Training

Training for 4KIDS foster families is done using a combination of one-on-one trainings, group training, and self-instructional training. We provide an in-depth Pre-Service Educational Curriculum for all families that meets or exceeds state requirements for children at the basic and moderate service levels.

Home Verification Pre-Service Educational Requirements

Before a home is verified as an “Approved Foster Home” the family must complete the Pre-Service training using our Pre-Service Educational Curriculum.  Each foster parent is responsible to complete the full 33 1/2 hours of training as listed below.

 

Awareness/Orientation Classes

Minimum 1 hour required but does not count toward training hours – Choose from one of the following dates for both Foster Parent and Family Advocacy Ministry - FAM.

Awareness Orientations offered the 1st Sunday of every month – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

July 5 - Enroll for this class here 

August 2 - Enroll for this class here 

September 6 - Enroll for this class here

October 4 - Enroll for this class here

November 1 - Enroll for this class here

December 6 - Enroll for this class here

Non-Sunday Orientations (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Wednesday, September 16 - Enroll for this class here

Tuesday, November 17 - Enroll for this class here

Awareness/Orientation Classes were to be held at Celebration Church Annex on the Boardwalk, Room: 3b • 601 Westinghouse Road, Georgetown TX 78626.

UPDATE: Starting April 1, 2020, and for the foreseeable future related to COVID-19 concerns, this meeting will move to an online video conference format. Upon registration you will be sent information about how to use your computer or smart device to receive this training. 

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Training for Foster Parents - Required for all Foster Parents

General Pre-Service Training (8 hours - 4 classroom, 4 Self-Study) - Offered twice during Winter/Spring Semester 2020

  • Sunday, August 23 (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM) - Foster Parent Registration - Enroll here 

  • Sunday, October 4 (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM) - Foster Parent Registration - Enroll here 

(Self-Study portion of training to be announced and provided at the time of live training.)

General Pre-Service Training held at Celebration Church Annex, Room: Annex Blend • 601 Westinghouse Road, Georgetown TX 78626. 

 

UPDATE: Starting April 1, 2020, and for the foreseeable future related to COVID-19 concerns, this training will move to an online video-conference format. Upon registration you will be sent information about how to use your computer or smart device to receive this instruction. 

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Training (10 hours) - Summer and Fall Dates 2020 to be announced.

Psychotropic Medication - Live Training with RN (1 hour with RN) - Offered two times during Winter/Spring Semester 2020

  • Sunday, September 20 (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM) - Foster Parent Registration - Enroll here

  • Sunday, November 8 (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM) - Foster Parent Registration - Enroll here

Psychotropic Medication Training held at Celebration Church Annex, Room: Annex Blend • 601 Westinghouse Road, Georgetown TX 78626. 

 

UPDATE: Starting April 1, 2020, and for the foreseeable future related to COVID-19 concerns, this 1 hour live training will move to an online video conference format. Upon registration you will be sent information about how to use your computer or smart device to receive this training. 

Psychotropic Medication Training - Online Portion (2 hours)

Online Course: take the online training

Shaken Baby, SIDS, Early Childhood Brain Development (1 hour)

Online Course: take the online training

 

Medical Consenter Training (2 1/2 hours)

Online Course: take the training

 

Normalcy Training (2 hours – online with DFPS)

Online Course: take the training 

 

Trauma Informed Care (2 hours – online with DFPS)

Online Course: take the training 

 

Reporting Child Abuse (1 hour – online with DFPS)

Online Course: take the training 

Recognizing and Reporting Child Sexual Abuse (1 hour – online with DFPS)

Online Course: take the training

CPR/First Aid Certification (4 hours)

To be taken at the convenience of the foster parent. (See information below in the 4KIDS Training Curriculum Syllabus.)

NOTE: Be sure to download and send 4KIDS all of your online and CPR training completion certificates. These are required for your training record. Certificates of completion will be provided by 4KIDS upon completion of classroom training.

The next calendar of live training will begin in January, 2021, however, foster parents may proceed

with online training and CPR/First Aid training.

 

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4KIDS Training Curriculum Syllabus

Orientation (Required but does not count for training hours)

All families are required to attend an orientation with 4KIDS staff prior to their training.  This orientation may be one-on-one or can be held in a group setting but will cover the following:

  • An overview of the relevant and applicable rules of DFPS;

  • Our philosophy, organizational structure, general policies, and a description of the services and programs we offer; and

  • The needs and characteristics of children that we serve.

General Pre-Service Training (8 hours)

All families are required to attend 4 hours of training with our staff and 4 hours of self-training using our Parent Handbook. Families are then tested by our staff covering the following areas:

 

  • Abuse/neglect and exploitation of children reporting

  • Serious incident reporting

  • Disaster and Emergency Plan Policy

  • Preventing the spread of communicable diseases

  • 4KIDS Discipline and Behavior Modification Policy

  • Documentation and Service Planning Policy

  • DFPS Minimum Standards, Contract

  • Children’s Rights Policy

  • Confidentiality Policy

  • Cultural Identity Preservation and Development

  • 4KIDS Drug Testing Policy

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Training (10 hours)

4KIDS uses the Trust-Based Relational InterventionⓇ (TBRI) developed by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. The institute defines TBRI as, “an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children.”

 

Because of children’s histories, it is often difficult for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma to trust the loving adults in their lives. TBRI offers practical tools for parents and others who work with children to see past perplexing behaviors and meet the needs of the child. It is designed to equip those involved in caring for vulnerable children with the knowledge and skills God uses to help wounded children heal and grow into what they were created to be.

 

Moving from being consciously compassionate to competently compassionate is the heartbeat of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). This training series is evidenced-based and rooted in a Biblical foundation. It is designed to equip those involved in caring for vulnerable children with the knowledge and skills God uses to help wounded children heal and grow into what they were created to be.

Psychotropic Medication (1 hours with RN, 2 hour online)

Psychotropic Medication training will be given to all of our families.  This training will be done in two parts, 1 hour by a qualified RN in a one-on-one or in a group setting and 2 hours online training https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Training/Psychotropic_Medication/default.asp. We recommend that you take the online course first, but it is not required. You may take the live 1 hour training at your discretion.

Training will cover:

  • Identification of psychotropic medications;

  • Basic pharmacology (the actions and side effects of, and possible adverse reactions to, various psychotropic medications);

  • Techniques and methods of administering medications;

  • Who is legally authorized to provide consent for the psychotropic medication; and

  • Any related policies and procedures.

Shaken Baby, SIDS, Early Childhood Brain Development (1 hour)

Online Course: https://agrilifelearn.tamu.edu/product?catalog=COFS-150

Infants' experiences early in life literally influence the physical structures of the brain, opening the way for patterns of thought and behavior for the rest of a child's life. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the leading cause of death in babies between the ages of 1 month and 1 year. Abusive Head Trauma: Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is the group of signs and symptoms experienced by very young children who are shaken. In 25% of diagnosed SBS cases, the victim's injuries will prove fatal. SBS is completely preventable.

 

This 1-hour course addresses each of these critical topics related to caring for the youngest and most vulnerable population of children, infants and toddlers. Caregivers will learn how to optimize development and minimize risk to the children in their care.

 

This online course was developed and produced by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division.

 

Medical Consenter Training (2 1/2 hour online with DFPS)

Online Course: https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Training/Medical_Consent/

 

This training is for any person authorized to make medical decisions for children in the legal custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). This includes foster parents, case managers for child placing agencies, professional staff of emergency shelters, cottage parents, relative and kinship caregivers, and certain DFPS staff and youth medical consenters.  

 

This training will provide information on:

  • The role and responsibilities of an effective medical consenter.

  • Strengthening the informed consent process for all types of health care. 

  • The importance of the medical consenter considering the use of non-pharmacological interventions (options that don't involve medicines) before or along with psychotropic medications.

Additional Info:

  • This training must be completed before DFPS can designate you as a medical consenter for a child. 

  • Foster parents must complete this training initially as a part of pre-service requirements and they will receive two and a half hours of credit for completing this training. 

 

Normalcy Training (2 hours – online with DFPS)

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Training/Normalcy/index.html

 

This course will help families understand the need for children in their care to have a normal living environment. We call this normalcy. After this training foster parents will be able to:

 

  • Understand what the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 means to you

  • Define normalcy

  • Discuss reasonable and prudent (careful) parenting

  • Determine activities that are right for a child’s age

  • Recognize that normal activities are important to all children and teens

  • Understand social media and how kids can use it safely

  • Understand Child-Placing Agencies minimum standards on normalcy

 

Trauma Informed Care (2 hours – online with DFPS)

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Training/Trauma_Informed_Care/default.asp

 

This training will piggy-back on the 10 hours of TBRI training as outlined above and is provided through the state of Texas (online) to reinforce the impact that trauma brings into the lives of the children 4KIDS services. The training objectives are:

 

  • Learn about trauma, secondary trauma, and healing from trauma

  • Understand how trauma impacts the brain, child development, and life functioning.

  • Learn how toxic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact health and outcomes.

  • Discuss trauma and disproportionality

  • Understand how trauma affects children, adults, caregivers, and child welfare professionals

  • Learn ways to prevent and address secondary traumatic stress

  • Discuss practical strategies for applying trauma-informed knowledge and care

  • Understand the importance of relationships

 

Reporting Child Abuse (1 hour – online with DFPS)

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Training/Reporting/default.asp

 

In Texas, anyone who suspects that a child is being abused or neglected has a legal obligation to report it. Professional reporters (or Mandated Reporter) are required to report suspicion of abuse or neglect within 48 hours.

 

A Mandated Reporter is anyone licensed or certified by the state or works for an agency or facility licensed or certified by the state and has contact with children as a result of their normal duties. This includes foster parents. By law, mandated reporters may not delegate their duty to report to another person such as a coworker or family member.

 

This training seeks to provide foster parents with the following:

  • Abuse and neglect definitions.

  • Introduction of two realistic abuse/neglect reporting scenarios.

  • A walk-through of the web-based online reporting system.

  • Guidance on commonly asked questions.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Sexual Abuse (1 hour – online with DFPS)

http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Training/Child_Sexual_Abuse_for_Caregivers/index.html

The Centers for Disease Control says that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. It’s one of the most common and underreported types of abuse. In Texas, anyone who suspects that a child is being abused has a legal duty to report it. Caregivers are often faced with the difficult task of recognizing sexual abuse and reporting it.

Training Objectives for Caregivers:

  • Understand the definition of child sexual abuse, including child-on-child sexual abuse.

  • Know the characteristics, indicators, and possible signs of child sexual abuse.

  • Understand the guidelines and requirements for reporting sexual abuse

  • Learn answers to common questions about reporting sexual abuse.

CPR/First Aid (4 hours)

To be taken at the convenience of the foster parent. CPR/First Aid certification will take place through local resources.  Families can utilize Red Cross or other training venues as long as they meet the minimum standards, are instructor led and are hands on.  If we have a group of over 10 individuals that are interested, we will have a representative come to our families to train them. 

 

A caregiver who is a health professional can use documentation of the following in lieu of these certifications:

  • The training to be a health professional includes the knowledge covered in first aid and/or CPR training; and

  • The person’s employment ensures that these skills are kept current.

 

Each caregiver must complete any new first-aid training or CPR training, as required to maintain a current certification.

 

The following may provide first-aid and CPR certification:

  • The American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or a training program that has been approved by the local Emergency Medical Services Authority, or is offered through a local hospital; or

  • A person with a current certification to provide the training.

First-aid and CPR training and re-certification must consist of a curriculum that includes both written and hands-on skill-based instruction, practice (for CPR, the practice is through the use of a CPR mannequin), and testing. CPR training and re-certification must include CPR for infants, children, and adults.

First-aid and CPR training must be completed as stated above and may not include self-instruction (including online instruction).

One local service, www.cpr-resources.com, seems to be the most comprehensive for the most inexpensive price. Every foster parent (and upper level FAM member) needs to complete CPR/First Aid/AED for Infant/Child/Adult. And, it is only $25 per adult. Check out the website for upcoming classes. Note: 4KIDS does not endorse this training company, but we have found it to be inexpensive with frequent training opportunities.  

NOTE: Be sure to download and send 4KIDS all of your online and CPR training completion certificates. These are required for your training record. Certificates of completion will be provided by 4KIDS upon completion of classroom training.

4KIDS OF CENTRAL TEXAS

(512) 688-5187

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