Foster and Adoptive Parent Training Starting in Marion

Marion County Children Services will be hosting training classes for prospective foster parents and those looking to adopt. The classes begin May 1 and run through May 19. If you have ever thought of being a foster parent, there is still time to sign up.

The weekday classes begin at 6:00pm while Saturday classes begin at 9:00am and 1:00pm.

There is no cost to take the classes. If you cannot attend class on a particular day, there are opportunities to take those classes later, either in Marion or in a nearby county.

The training schedule includes:

  • Tuesday, May 1: Orientation to Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care
  • Thursday, May 3: The Child Protection Team
  • Saturday, May 5: The Effects of CA/N on Child Development
                                Attachment, Separation and Placement
  • Tuesday, May 8: Managing Behavior
  • Thursday, May 10: Preventing and De-Escalating Crisis
  • Saturday, May 12: Cultural Issues in Placement
                                  Understanding Primary Families
  • Tuesday, May 15: Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
  • Thursday, May 17: The Effects of Caregiving on the Caregiver Family
  • Saturday, May 19: Permanency for Children
                                  Permanency for Families

For more information or to pre-register call the Placement Unit at 740-389-2317 or email

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