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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). 

2014 Pre-Service Training Dates

Thursday Evening 6pm-9pm at JEHB 
  • January 9, 16, 23, 30  
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27 
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27 
Weekend Round Fridays 6pm-9pm & Saturdays 9am-4pm at JEHB
  • April 25 & 26  
  • May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 

Tuesday All Day 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm at Trinity Commons (Prospect and E. 21st)
  • May 20, 27 
  • June 3, 10, 17, 24 

Thursday Evening 6pm-9pm at JEHB 
  • August 7, 14, 21, 28  
  • September 4, 11, 18, 25 
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23 

Tuesday All Day 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm at Parma Collaborative Hannah Elementary School


  • September 30   
  • October 7, 14, 21, 28  
  • November 4 

Please call for location and to RSVP.

Session Descriptions

Session #1 Orientation: 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 Teambuilding: 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: Session will cover normal child development.  Participants will also be made aware of developmental delays, ADHD, and recourses for children with learning disabilities.   

Session #4 Impact of Abuse: Session will discuss the impact of physical and emotional abuse, and neglect on child development and implications for substitute caregivers. Fetal alcohol syndrome, and effects of other drugs on development.  

Session #5 Attachment & Separation: Session will focus on typical development of attachment with children and their caregivers, and what stresses the attachment cycle.  Caregivers will be made aware of the grief cycle and how it relates to children in care and given strategies for coping with these stages.  

Session #6 Behavior Mgt.: Session will focus on the typical behavior management strategies as well as issues that substitute caregivers face when parenting children who have experienced trauma.  Participants will be made aware of the Ohio Revised Code regarding corporal punishment with children in foster care.  

Session #7 De-Escalation: Session will focus on crisis prevention and de-escalation.  Participants will examine and discuss appropriate and inappropriate ways of expressing anger. Session will also provide participants with opportunity to discuss and problem solve potential crisis with children who have been maltreated.    

Session #8 Cultural Issues: Session will provide opportunities of self examination for understanding of the importance of culture with children in substitute care and potential of personal cultural bias. Review of the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act and its application.   

Session #9 Working with Families: Session will discuss the Family to Family philosophy and strategies that caregiver may implement when working with the child’s family. Chemical dependency addiction cycle.   

Session #10 Sex Abuse: Session will discuss the typical sexual development of children and the impact of sexual abuse and implications for caregivers.  Parenting strategies will be discussed as well as issues of sexually transmitted diseases.    

Session #11 Effects of Caregiving: Session will focus on the stressors that substitute caregivers face; information that must be given to caregivers; third party investigations; creating a survival plan; and communicable diseases.  

Session #12 Adoptive Issues: Session will focus on permanency planning for children and the common issues that children and adoptive families face.  Importance of Life Books discussed and resources for adoptive families distributed.