Training Requirements

Foster parents need to complete the following training courses offered by Choices. Click the plus signs to see descriptions.

Orientation 1 (~3 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with Choices program specific information, foster parent basic requirements, rights, responsibilities, and values.

Orientation 2 (~3 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with theoretical concept of strengthening the root system for youth in care, discuss myths versus realities of youth in care, and learn the role of foster parents. Foster parents are also introduced to permanency, stability, vicarious trauma, and self-care.

CPR / First Aid (~3 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with the American Red Cross basics of adult and child CPR/first aid/AED.

Bloodborne Pathogens (~1 hour)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with standard precautions and bloodborne pathogens, exposure risks, diseases caused by bloodborne pathogens, and the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Children entering foster care (~4 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with a youth’s experience as they enter and navigate the foster care system, the youth’s needs, and how Louisiana’s Quality Parenting Initiative aids in a less traumatic experience.

Attachment (~3 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with what attachment is and the role it plays through the life span, what happens when trauma affects attachment, and attachment in relation to family engagement.

Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standards (~3 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with the specifics of the Louisiana mandate, the Child Development and Trauma chart, methods of managing behaviors, and the Quality Parenting Initiative.

Grief, Loss, Trauma, and Self-Care (~4 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with grief/loss, stress, vicarious trauma, and a multitude of specific resources for practicing self-care.

Trauma Responsive (~3 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with the effects of prenatal trauma exposure, types of trauma, as well as the essential elements for predicting and responding to trauma behaviors.

Placement Changes (~3 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with the ins and outs of the placement process, including family adjustment, identify issues, disruption, and stability.

Permanency (~3 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with the transformative history of foster care and a thorough analysis of permanency, as well as an understanding of how foster parents aid in permanency goals.

Cultural Competence (~3 hours)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with poverty, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, through the discussion of culture, privilege, customs, norms, values, and the introduction of accepted definitions and cultural humility.

State-mandated Online Courses

Mandated Reporter Training (~1 hour)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with the mandated reporting responsibility of foster parents. Complete the course online here.

Reducing the Risk of SIDS and SUID in Early Education and Child Care (~1 hour)

This course will familiarize the prospective foster parent with information about creating a safe sleep environment to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and other sleep-related infant deaths. Complete the course online here.