Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (CCDCFS) values its commitment in providing “the right training for the right people at the right time.”  Whether if you’re a staff member, foster, adoptive and kinship caregiver or community partner, we believe it’s important to deliver the right learning tools that offers in-depth knowledge on how to better understand and help meet the needs of children and families facing challenging situations.  To that end, CCDCFS’ Professional Development and Learning Department is the host site for the North Central Ohio Regional Training Center (NCORTC), one of eight Ohio Child Welfare Training Programs (OCWTP) that provides high quality, competency-based, culturally-responsive, family-centered, in-service training for child welfare professionals and licensed/approved caregivers.   Workshops are categorized by Core Fundamentals, Specialized and Related, as potential caregivers must complete 36 hours of pre-service training and after licensure/approval attends 20 hours of continuation training annually. 

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Pre-Service Training Schedule

  • Program for individuals who are interested in becoming a foster/adoptive parent
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Total of 36 hours of pre-placement training—divided into (12)—3 hour sessions
  • Flexible training schedules (day, evening and weekend) classes
  • No children under 18 permitted to attend

Summer 2019 Training Schedule - Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Caregivers

  • Program for licensed/approved foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers
  • Public agency caregivers must pre-register for classes via E-track
  • Private network caregivers must pre-register for classes via their agency’s contact person
  • Flexible training schedules (day, evening and weekend) classes
  • No children under 18 permitted to attend

Foster Parent College – Online Training

  • Interactive multimedia training course for foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers
  • Licensed/approved caregivers can participate and earn training credit as prior approval must be issued by DCFS’ Resource Management Department
  • Instructor Led and Self-Paced Courses available 24/7
  • Unlimited access to a course-related discussion board where foster parents can ask questions, offer suggestions and share experiences with others

Quality Parenting Initiative - Cuyahoga

  • QPI provides a “Just In Time Training” web-based service program to connect foster/kinship caregivers to peer experts and essential resources
  • Direct accessibility to a video library; provides topics and speakers addressing caregiver issues
  • Features upcoming training events (classroom and on-line) workshops
  • Provides listings of caregiver support groups
  • Allows you to “Request a Training,” if you’re unable to find a specific training topic of interest

North Central Ohio Regional Training Center

  • Managed and operated by CCDCFS’ Professional Development & Learning Department
  • One of (8) OCWTP Regional Training Centers
  • Ensures staff and caregiver training needs are identified and addressed by highly skilled certified trainers
  • Provides quarterly training calendars and assists staff, foster and adoptive parents with FAQ’s relating workshop: registration, evaluation and certificate via E-track.


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Online Training Opportunity

Are you interested in earning training credit hours in the convenience of your own home? With the Resource Management department approval, you can earn training credits on-line. You must follow our agency’s policy on the number of hours you can earn so please contact Eddie Lebron to find out the Guidelines established by our agency.

What is is an on-line training program for foster, adoptive, kinship, and birth families. These interactive courses provide valuable information, insights, and advice from experts on dealing with serious child behavior problems. 

There are two types of on-line courses that are available:

  1. Instructor Led - these courses are more in-depth and allows for interaction between on-line participants and the instructor. The length of this course is several hours over the period of 3 weeks. Completion of this course is worth (six) training hours. During these workshops participants will use a discussion board and at the end they will complete a questionnaire, complete assigned exercises and email their completed assignment. (Not all counties can participate in this course)  
  2. Self-Directed - these courses are focused on a specific behavioral problem or emotional disorder. Self-Directed means that participants can complete the activities at their own pace as long as it is completed within 30 days. The length of a session will take about two hours and will provide two hours of training credit. The discussion board is optional in this course.

Where can I get more information?

Please contact Nefertiti McKinney at (216) 881-4048 to register or if you have any questions. At this time Training Units are assigned on a first come first serve basis, and is subject to change after review of the response to this program.