Skip to main content

Let’s talk training…

In Utah, each prospective foster/adoptive family is required to participate in standardized training before becoming a license foster parent. This is called “pre-service training” and can take as little as a month to complete. Pre service training is divided up below into two categories. Classroom (currently online) and Independent. Completion of these trainings is required for licensing.

Our state is organized by region. Each region has its own meeting space and trainer. Professional trainers will provide insights into the fostering experience, situations you may encounter, potential solutions to typical problems, and many other topics important for those preparing to foster or adopt through foster care.

Classes cover the following topics…

  • Orientation/Team Building
  • Child Development
  • Trauma & It’s Effects/Sexual Abuse
  • Minimizing the Trauma of Placement
  • Understanding Primary Families
  • Managing Emotions & Behaviors/The Effects of Caregiving
  • Long-term Separation/Adoption Issues for Families
  • Transcending Differencing in Placements

For Those Currently In Training…

In addition to instructor-led training, there are additional required videos for pre-service completion, followed by a required quiz. Your regional trainer will be notified when you complete the quiz. Please note: We need a quiz in each parent’s name.


Watch the videos below, then take the required quiz.

Pro-tip: have both your quiz and video open at the same time. Mark your answers while watching the videos.

Required Quiz

Training for kids too!

One of the most common questions we hear is “do you have any training for the kids already in our home?” We are so happy to be able to finally say, “yes!”. THIS BRIEF TRAINING COURSE is designed for kids from 8 to 15, though younger children may still benefit—especially if you participate with them. The course is designed, after extensive consultation with foster parents and their children, to address some of the most common issues that arise when a family begins fostering. We hope it will begin an on-going conversation between parents and kids about the joys and challenges of providing foster care. A special thank you to the IDET program at the University of Utah, specifically Jamie Shaw, Preston Lindhardt, Kailey Stayner, and Kerriann Haycock who created this training.

I have a question about becoming a foster parent...