PATHAt 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 Parents as Tender Healers (PATH), 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, PATH training will help prepare you for the unique challenges and rewards of becoming a foster parent.

Prior to attending the PATH training series, prospective foster parents must attend an Information 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.

If you would like to register for one of our upcoming Information Meetings or the next PATH series, please click the buttons below.

Information Meeting PATH Training Series

classPost-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.

Register for Post-Approval Training