Choosing to become a foster parent is a major decision that will make a huge difference in a foster child’s life — and it will change your life too. Every year, thousands of children enter the foster care system in Washington State. Each one is suddenly separated from everything they’ve ever known. And each one needs a guardian to care for them, keep them safe, and help them heal from trauma.
It’s normal to have a lot of questions about what to expect from the experience of caring for a foster child. What skills will you need? How do you prepare? What are the requirements of getting licensed? The process might even seem a little overwhelming right now. But we’re here to help.
To answer your questions, we’ve created a free eight-part online video course about foster parenting. It covers everything from the licensing process to the everyday experience of parenting a foster child. You’ll learn about how to meet their unique needs, how to collaborate with their biological families, and much more. The course even includes a checklist to help you get ready to become licensed.
For anyone who is considering becoming a foster parent, or anyone who just wants to learn about how to support foster children, this free video course is a great place to begin. Once you register, you’ll gain access to an online platform where you can watch the course videos and take short optional quizzes. Each of the eight lessons can be completed in 10-20 minutes, and you’re free to watch them in any order (and at your own pace)
Foster parenting is a journey of surprises, challenges, and moments of joy. You’ll continue to learn throughout that journey, but this course is designed to help you understand the essential requirements and responsibilities of foster parenting. You’ll also get to hear the inspiring stories of real-life foster parents and children who transformed each other’s lives for the better.
Ready to learn more? Your foster parenting journey can begin right here.