At AGAPE, we offer training courses required to become a state-certified foster family. Foster parents play a key role in the futures of the children and families they encounter. Whether providing temporary support or a permanent home, foster parents help to strengthen families and provide children in care a safe environment where they know they are important and loved. To inquire about becoming a foster family, click here. To prepare for your role as a foster parent, you will learn effective tools and parenting methods to work with and guide the children who are welcomed into your family and gain an understanding of the different challenges faced by children who come into state custody. Through the pre-approval training called TN-KEY (Knowledge Empowers You), you will learn how AGAPE foster parents work with DCS to improve the lives of children, information about current DCS policies on caring for children in custody and if foster parenting is right for you. Whether you want to provide a temporary home for children in need or have the ultimate goal of adoption, TN-KEY training will help prepare you for the unique challenges and rewards of becoming a foster parent. Prior to attending the TN-KEY training series, prospective foster parents must attend a required Informational Meeting that provides an orientation to the child welfare system and an overview of what to expect in training to become a certified foster home. There are two upcoming Informational Meetings. The first will be on Monday, March 8 at 6pm (Register Here), and the second will be on Monday, April 5 at 6pm (Register Here). Both will be held virtually. The next TN-KEY training series will begin April 19 (Register Here). For more information, click the "Inquiry and Calendars" button below. Please note: the registration links will ask for a password, but none is required. Simply click "Register" and you'll be prompted to provide your information. If you have any questions, please email Laura Troup at firstname.lastname@example.org. How to Become a Foster Parent About TN-KEY Inquiry and Calendars Training Materials TN-KEY Videos Post-Approval Training Each year, foster parents must complete 15 hours of continuing education. Specific training requirements for each year post-approval are listed HERE. The requirements make up a portion of the necessary 15 hours for that year. The remaining hours can be selected from approved elective training options. Post-approval training is intended to support and educate foster parents so they can give the child(ren) in their care the best opportunity to thrive. All previously scheduled post-approval training sessions have been canceled until further notice. DCS offers certain online trainings that can be done anytime, which you can access by clicking here. You may also view the schedule for live webinars hosted by DCS by clicking here. Some trainings offered by a workplace or educational setting may count toward your DCS training hours. Email details about the course to Laura Troup prior to taking the course. After completion, complete the online training hours request form linked here.