Foster/Adoption Training

Individuals interested in being foster or adoptive parents are required to complete training, which includes twelve sessions that are three-hours each.

We recommend that individuals complete all sessions during the same preservice training series. However, should you have schedule conflicts, you can attend the sessions you missed the next time the preservice training series is held at Marion County Children Services or when the series is being offered in another county. The preservice trainings are valid for 18 months after you have completed them. If you do not complete the homestudy process within the two-year time period immediately following, you will have to take the preservice training classes again.

Our current schedule is listed below. All classes are FREE. If any dates/times do not fit your schedule, please visit for schedules in neighboring counties. You may complete any/all class(es) in any location. Bring your certificates of completion to us for credit.

Beginning January 1, 2009, all persons being recommended for licensure as caregivers must have completed the following 36-hour Preservice training, delivered in 12 three-hour sessions.

Pre-Service Training

Spring 2019 Training

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Session 1: Orientation to Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care     6pm-9pm

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Session 2: The Child Protection Team     6pm-9pm

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Session 3: Child Development     9am-noon

Session 4: Trauma and its Effects     1pm-4pm

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Session 5: Child Sexual Abuse     6pm-9pm

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Session 6: Minimizing the Trauma of Placement     6pm-9pm

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Session 7: Transcending Differences in Placement     9am-noon

Session 8: Helping the Child Manage Emotions and Behaviors     1pm-4pm

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Session 9: Understanding Primary Families     6pm-9pm

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Session 10: The Effects of Caregiving on the Caregiver Family     6pm-9pm

Saturday, May 18, 2018

Session 11: Long-Term separation from Birth Parents    9am-noon

Session 12: Post Adoption Issues for Families     1pm-4pm