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Pre-Service Training Schedule

Effective January 1, 2009 a person seeking certification to operate a family foster home shall complete a minimum of thirty-six hours of pre-placement training prior to the agency recommending the home for certification as per the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) and the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). 

2017 Pre-Service Training Dates

Round #1: Thursday evenings 6-9 PM @ JEHB 3955 Euclid Ave., Cleveland Ohio 44115
  • January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31  
  • February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16   
Round #2: Wednesday (all day) 9AM-4PM at The Centers located at 4500 Euclid Ave.
  • March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
  • April 5 

Round #3: Friday/Saturday (all day) 9AM-4PM at 8111 Quincy Ave.
  • March 24, 25, 31
  • April 1, 7, 8   

Round #4: Tuesday/Thursday Evening 6PM-9PM at JEHB 3955 Euclid Ave.
  • May 16, 18, 23, 25, 30  
  • June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22   

Round #5: Wednesday (all day) 9AM-4PM The Centers located at 4500 Euclid
  • August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30   
  • September 6    
Round #6: Friday/Saturday at JEHB 3955 Euclid Ave.
  • September 8 - 6PM-9PM (Session #1)
  • September 9 - 9AM-12PM (Session #2) and 1PM-4PM (Session #3)
  • September 15 - 6PM-9PM (Session #4)
  • September 16 - 9AM-12PM (Session #5) and 1PM-4PM (Session #6)
  • September 22 - 6PM-9PM (Session #7)
  • September 23 - 9AM-12PM (Session #8) and 1PM-4PM (Session #9)
  • September 29 - 6PM-9PM (Session #10)
  • September 30 - 9AM-12PM (Session #11) and 1PM-4PM (Session #12)

Round #7: Tuesday/Thursday evening (6PM-9PM) at JEHB 3955 Euclid Ave. Cleveland 44115
  • October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 
  • November 2, 7, 9    

Please call for location and to RSVP.

Session Descriptions

Session #1 Orientation to Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care: Session provides information on the differences between foster care, adoption, and kinship care. The importance of reducing moves for children; review and process of application; and requirements of Ohio Revised Code.

Session #2 The Child Protection Team: Session covers overview of child welfare system and the role of a substitute caregiver; the Team Decision Making Process; and role of foster parent as a team member. Community resources and support group information covered.

Session #3 Child Development: Introduces the core concepts that shape our understanding of early childhood development. Participants will receive an overview of brain development and gain the importance of attachment, self regulation and initiative in development. Factors that enhance development will be addressed.

Session #4 Trauma and It's Effects: Will help participants understand how childhood trauma can effect development, including brain development, as well as emotions and behavior.

Session #5 Child Sex Abuse: Provides an overview of child sex abuse and is designed to help prospective foster/adoptive. kinship caregivers understand basic facts about child sex abuse; recognize potential indicators of sexual abuse, and take beginning steps to making sure their home is a safe environment for children who have been sexually abused.

Session #6 Minimizing the Trauma of Placement: Will address strategies caregivers can use to help the child feel safe and accepted in their home and community. The importance of maintaining connections is stressed.

Session #7 Transcending Differences in Placement: Helps participants gain awareness of their own diversity in order to better understand the diversity of each foster child that comes into their home. Participants will also consider ways they can prepare their home and community to welcome and provide a safe and nurturing environment for a foster child.

Session #8 Helping the Child Manage Emotions and Behaviors: Will help caregivers consider strategies they can use to assist children, who have experienced trauma, in learning to manage their emotions and control their behaviors. Participants will be made aware of rules around corporal punishment.

Session #9 Understanding Primary Families: Presents a rational for foster caregivers in promoting connections to primary family members, particularly primary parents and siblings. The training will encourage a nonjudgmental approach to the caregiver’s work with primary families to promote reunification.

Session #10 The Effects of Caregiving on the Caregiver Family: Examines the impact of foster care and adoption on the individual members of the caregiving family as well as the impact on their relationships with one another. This also enables prospective parents to develop effective coping strategies and survival plans.

Session #11 Long Term Separation from Birth Parents: Describes the emotions children and youth experience when reunification efforts with their birth parents fail. Feelings adopted children or children in long term placements are explored. Participants will learn about typical triggers and long term grief. Finally, the personal perspectives of adopted individuals will be shared.

Session #12 Post Adoption Issues for Families: Describes the adoption dynamics impacting families. Openness in adoption will be addressed as well as stages of adjustment for new adoptive families. Participants will learn about post adoption services including subsidy.