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

Fall 2019 Training

Friday, November 1, 2019
Session 1: Orientation to Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care 6-9 PM

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Session 2: The Child Protection Team 9 AM-12 PM

Session 3: Child Development 1-4 PM

Session 4: Trauma and its Effects 4:30-7:30 PM

Friday, November 8, 2019
Session 5: Child Sexual Abuse 6-9 PM

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Session 6: Minimizing the Trauma of Placement 9 AM-12 PM

Session 7: Transcending Differences in Placement 1-4 PM

Session 8: Helping the Child Manage Emotions and Behaviors 4:30-7:30 PM

Friday November 15, 2019
Session 9: Understanding Primary Families 6-9 PM

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Session 10: The Effects of Caregiving on the Caregiver Family 9am-12 PM

Session 11: Long-Term separation from Birth Parents 1-4 PM

Session 12: Post Adoption Issues for Families 4:30-7:30 PM