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.

Due to the current pandemic, all preservice training has temporarily been moved to an online format with a combination of Virtual Instructor Led training and Self-Directed Online training. Because this is a new option to our agency, we may not have the answer right away to your questions, however we will work to get the answers for you! Contact our Training Coordinator, Elizabeth Moore, by phone 740-386-0465 or email with any questions.

General information can be found here:

The list of classes can be found here:

Instructor-led courses and their dates can be found here:

Foster Parent College information starts here: