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. The impact of trauma is experienced by everyone involved…children, families, caregivers, and even the social service providers who serve children and families within the child welfare system.
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 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 whole training.
- Make at least a 70% on the post-test.
- Print 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.
After completing the training, foster or adoptive parents will also be able to download a copy of the training to use as a guide.
Foster parents can also take this free online foster home training for psychotropic medications.