Traumatic childhood experiences, such as child abuse and neglect, can have long-term effects. Foster parents must be able to address a foster child’s trauma as an important component of caring for the child. Everyone involved with the children in the foster care system — the children, the families, caregivers, and even the social workers who serve children and families within the child welfare system — all experience the impact of trauma.
Difficult Behaviors Training
Are you a foster parent struggling with difficult behaviors caused by trauma? Not sure how to handle defiance, tantrums, lying, stealing, food hoarding? Foster parents will get practical tools in managing behaviors in this free online foster care training.
Trauma-Informed Care Training
In Texas, each foster and adoptive parent must receive trauma-informed care training annually. Each newly-verified foster parent or approved adoptive parent must receive trauma-informed care training within 60 days of foster home verification or adoptive home approval.
Foster parents can complete the free online Trauma-Informed Care Training on the State’s public website:
In order to receive credit for this 2-hour online training, foster or adoptive parents must:
- Complete the entire training.
- Make at least a 70% on the post-test.
- Print (or screenshot) the Certificate of Completion of Trauma-Informed Care Training at the end of the training.
- Provide a copy of the Certificate of Completion of Trauma-Informed Care Training to your caseworker.
To follow along with the training, licensed foster or adoptive parents can also download a copy of the training to use as a guide. (NOTE: The State of Texas administers this training – not Foster2Forever. Any issues you have with the training or training certificate must be resolved with the DFPS.)
Psychotropic Medications Training
Studies show that children in foster care are more than 13 times more likely to be prescribed psychotropic medications than the general population. Texas regulations require that foster parents receive training before administering psychotropic medications to foster children.
Foster parents can take this free online foster care training for psychotropic medications to meet these requirements.