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Foster Training Courses

The following are some of the training courses that you can take as a Foster-Training.com subscriber. Our list of training courses is extensive, and new courses are consistently being added. We have a wide variety of topics choose from, ranging from child care and nutrition to dealing with learning disorders, from infants to teenagers. You can review and search for courses from our full course list, and can take advantage of UNLIMITED training with any of our subscription options.

Helping Your Child Grow: 0-3 years 2 Credits
A Parent's Guide for Children: Birth to three years
Categories: Infant/Toddler Development
Tags: early learning, literary development, emotional development, ages 1-3
Helping Your Child Grow: years 3-5 2 Credits
A Parent's Guide for Children from 3-5 years.
Categories: Child Development
Tags: early learning, literary development, emotional development, ages 3-5
The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds 2 Credits
This class addresses a variety of factors that have reduced play, including a hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities at the expense of recess or free child-centered play
Categories: Child Development
Tags: healthy development, parent-child relationship
Parenting Your Adopted School-Age Child 3 Credits
School-age children are learning critical skills and gaining interests that will carry into adolescence and adulthood. Adoption can add layers of complexity to their developmental tasks. Adoptive parents can best support their children by learning as much as they can about child development and by being aware of how adoption may influence their child’s emotional growth.
Categories: Adoption
Tags: parent-child relationship, emotional growth, ages 6-12
Parenting Your Adopted Teenager 3 Credits
During the teenage years, youth form an identity that is separate from their parents. They also learn and practice adult life skills. Adoption adds complexity to the normal developmental tasks of teenagers, even for those who were adopted as newborns. Adopted teens have varying degrees of knowledge about and contact with birth family members. These factors, as well as their perception and understanding of their adoptive
Categories: Adoption
Tags: arent-child relationship, emotional growth, ages 13-18
Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents 4 Credits
A descriptive guide about helping youth transition to adulthood and what steps parents can take to help the children get through the transition.
Categories: Teens
Tags: Child Care, Tips for Parents, Unique Challenges, Resilience and Protective Factors
Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents 5 Credits
A detailed discussion on what bipolar disorder is, how to identify if your child has it, possible causes, and what you can do to help them.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: bipolar disorder, mood swings, depression, mania, parent-child relationship, parenting
Leaving Your Child Home Alone 1 Credit
A descriptive guide about leaving a child home alone and what steps parents can take to prevent their children safe.
Categories: Safety Issues
Tags: Child Care, Age and Maturity, Safety Skills
Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect. 3 Credits
A descriptive guide about Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect and what steps parents can take to prevent their children from becoming victims of it.
Categories: Abuse
Tags: child abuse, effects of abuse
Treatment of Children with Mental Illness 2 Credits
An informative discussion about the treatment of mental illness in children as in question answer format.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Mental illness, Child behaviour, Mental disorders, Child depression
Eating Disorders 3 Credits
A detailed discussion about the eating disorder; its type, affects and treatment.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Eating Disorders, Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, Binge-eating disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 5 Credits
An important article for children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ); the causes, diagnosis, treatment and the practical experiences of those affected by ADHD.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder, Mental disorder, ADHD in children, Psychotherapy in children
Anxiety Disorders 5 Credits
A detailed discussion followed by the types about anxiety disorders, its symptoms, causes, effective treatments
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Anxiety, Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, MentalHealth, Stress
Parenting Your Adopted Preschooler 3 Credits
A good, detailed article focused on parenting an adopted preschooler; the issues that children and parents alike might face; and the steps adoptive parents can take to make it easy for the children.
Categories: Adoption
Tags: Ages 3-5, Preschooler, Adoption, Children, Child development
Your Child's Handwriting 1 Credit
A detailed discussion for the parents on the handwriting of their children; teaching them to write; problems they might have; how to help them.
Categories: Cognitive Development
Tags: Handwriting, Dysgraphia, Language, Visual, Memory problems, Neurolory
The Magic of Play: How It Inspires & Aids Early Development 1 Credit
A detailed discussion for the parents on the importance of play for their children.
Categories: Child Development
Tags: Ages 3-5, Preschoolers, Play, Imaginative, Improvise
Sleep Problems in Teens 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on what sleep problems teens can have; the reasons for those problems and how the parents can help them overcome those problems.
Categories: Teens
Tags: Ages 13-19, A Sleep deprivation, Insomnia, Reflux, Nightmares, Narcolepsy, Sleepwalking
Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child 2 Credits
If you’re a foster parent adopting a child, children, or youth currently in your care, you’ll need to help your child make the emotional adjustment to being an adopted child. While you may appreciate the difference in the child’s role within your family, children and youth may not clearly comprehend the difference between being a foster child versus being an adopted child in the same family. There are specific steps you can take to help children understand these changes.
Categories: Adoption
Tags: Parent-child relationship, Open adoption
Feeding Your Newborn 1 Credit
A detailed discussion about the differences between breast feeding and the bottle feeding newborn babies; the usefulness and the limitations.
Categories: Infant/Toddler Development
Tags: Ages 0-1, Newborn, Feeding, Breastfeeding, Bottle feeding, Child nutrition
Food Allergies 1 Credit
An important article that discusses about the food allergies - its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Categories: Self Care
Tags: Food Allergy, Immune system, Disease, Antibodies, Allergen
Nut and Peanut Allergy 1 Credit
Discussed about the Nut and Peanut Allergy and their effects in the body
Categories: Medical
Tags: Food Allergy, Immune system, Disease, Antibodies, Allergen, Nut and Peanut Allergy
Reading Books to Babies 1 Credit
Importance of reading books to babies
Categories: Infant/Toddler Development
Tags: Ages 0-3, Books, Reading, Benefits of reading
All About Sleep 1 Credit
A useful guide which discusses sleep of a child, from baby to teens
Categories: Self Care
Tags: Sleep, Bedtime, Routine, Preschoolers, Teen, Toddlers, Babies
A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years 1 Credit
A detailed discussion for the parents of teenagers to understand complexities and issues of teenagers and how to make their lives better.
Categories: Teens
Tags: Ages 13-19, Rebellious nature, Puberty, Adolescence
Understanding Puberty 1 Credit
A detailed discussion for the parents about puberty, the different stages of puberty, how its different from boys to girls and how parents can help their children get through that phase.
Categories: Teens
Tags: Ages 10-16, Puberty, Adolescence, Hormones
Bilingual Families 1 Credit
A detailed discussion for parents of a bilingual family about how they can help their children overcome the problems faced by those growing up in a bilingual family.
Categories: Cultural Awareness
Tags: Bilingual family
Delayed Speech or Language Development 1 Credit
A detailed discussion about speech and language development in children, the warning signs and causes of delayed speech, and how parents can help their children to overcome the problem.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Speech development, Language development, Pathologists, Delayed speech
Crying baby: What to do when your newborn cries 1 Credit
Newborn crying sessions are inevitable, but a crying baby can test your patience all the same. Here's help soothing a crying baby — and renewing your ability to handle the tears.
Categories: Infant/Toddler Development
Tags: Ages 0-1, Crying, Tears, Playtime, Hungry, Fussiness, Mood swings
Antidepressants for children and teens 1 Credit
Learn why antidepressants have warnings about suicidal thinking in children and teens, what to do before your child starts taking an antidepressant, and the warning signs of a potential problem.
Categories: Medical
Tags: Antidepressants, Suicidal behavior, Therapy
Sibling rivalry: Helping your children get along 1 Credit
Sibling rivalry starts early. Understand what causes it and how to encourage your children to develop healthy bonds with each other.
Categories: Social Emotional Development
Tags: Sibling rivalry, Twins, Immature, Preferential treatment
Teen eating disorders: Tips to protect your teen 1 Credit
Concerned about teen eating disorders? Know what contributes to teen eating disorders, the consequences of eating disorders and the best strategies for prevention.
Categories: Teens
Tags: Eating disorders, Self esteem, Fatigue, Constipation, Nourishment
Early Childhood Development 2 Credits
A detailed discussion about the most and rapid period of development in a human life.
Categories: Child Development
Tags: ages 1-5, early learning, literary development, emotional development, traditional beliefs
Auditory Processing Disorder 1 Credit
Discusses how Auditory Processing Disorder affects the hearing/listening abilities of a child with Learning Disorders.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Learning disabilities, hearing/listening problems
Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities 1 Credit
Discusses signs and symptoms and strategies for individual with Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: non-verbal learning disabilities
Support Students with Learning Disabilities - A Guide for Teachers 15 Credits
A comprehensive guide for teachers on how to properly help and support their students who have Learning Disabilities.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: non-verbal learning disabilities, teacher-student relationship
Mental illness in children: Know the signs 1 Credit
An insight by the Mayo Clinic staff on mental illness in children, the signs and symptoms of a child suffering from it and how it affects them.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Mental illness, Disorders, Autism, Substance Abuse, Mood Swings
Car seat safety: Avoid 10 common mistakes 1 Credit
Car seat safety isn't child's play. Understand 10 common mistakes parents make when installing and using car seats.
Categories: Safety Issues
Tags: Car Safety, Common Mistakes, Car Seat
Helping children cope: Tips for talking about tragedy 1 Credit
After a tragedy, you might feel helpless — but your child needs your support. Here's help knowing what to say. An article by the Mayo Clinic Staff
Categories: Grief and Loss
Tags: Tragedy, Helpless, Natural Disaster
Learning disorders: Know the signs, how to help 1 Credit
Learning disorders can make it hard for a child to read, write or do simple math. Understand the signs and what you can do. An article by the Mayo Clinic Staff
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Learning Disorder, Math, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia
Dyscalculia 1 Credit
An insight to the Learning Disability referred to as Dyscalculia, the signs and symptoms of a child suffering from it as well as the strategies that can be used to help them.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Calculation, Math Symbols, Counting
Dysgraphia 1 Credit
An insight to the Learning Disability referred to as Dysgraphia, the signs and symptoms of a child suffering from it as well as the strategies that can be used to help them.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Handwriting, Fine Motor Skills, Dysgraphia
Language Processing Disorder 1 Credit
An insight to the Auditory Processing Disorder referred to as Language Processing Disorder, the signs and symptoms of a child suffering from it as well as the strategies that can be used to help them.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Language, Meaning, Sounds
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit 1 Credit
An insight to the Learning Disorders referred to as Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit, the signs and symptoms of a child suffering from it as well as the strategies that can be used to help them.
Categories: Medical
Tags: Language, Meaning, Visuals, Dysgraphia, Non-verbal LD, Eye-hand Coordination
Self-Esteem in Children 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on self-esteem in children as well as adolescents, how to increase it, encourage children and how to prevent from discouraging children
Categories: Social Emotional Development
Tags: Adolescents, Self-esteem, Parent-child Relationship, Parenting
Children's Self-Esteem 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on self-esteem in children as well as adolescents, how to increase it, encourage children and how to prevent from discouraging children
Categories: Social Emotional Development
Tags: Adolescents, Self-esteem, Parent-child Relationship, Parenting
Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on what bipolar disorder refers to, how to identify if your child has it, what could be the possible causes and what you can do to help them.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Bipolar Disorder, Mood Swings, Depression, Mania, Parent-child Relationship, Parenting
Your Baby's Health and Safety 1 Credit
A comprehensive guide about keeping your baby healthy and safe.
Categories: Infant/Toddler Development
Tags: health, safety, nourishment
Guiding Parents in Helping Children Learn 8 Credits
A detailed discussion on understanding the problems of children in learning and helping them to learn and in the process making one feel good about oneself.
Categories: Cognitive Development
Tags: Learning,Problem-solving,Parent-child Relationship,Parenting
A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder 4 Credits
A detailed discussion on Autism Spectrum Disorder by the National Institute of Mental Health
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Autism,ASD,Prevention,Parent-child Relationship,Parenting
Self-Esteem in Children: Strategies for Parents and Educators 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on self-esteem in children, how to increase it, encourage children and how to prevent from discouraging children By Ellie L. Young , PhD, NCSP, & Laura L. Hoffmann, MEd, Brigham Young University
Categories: Social Emotional Development
Tags: Self-esteem,Parent-child Relationship,Parenting
Ways to Build your Child's Self-Esteem 1 Credit
An article that describes various ways to build up your child's self-esteem
Categories: Social Emotional Development
Tags: Self-esteem,Parent-child Relationship,Parenting
Caring for your Newborn 4 Credits
A detailed description on how to care for your newborn baby as well as forms in case of emergencies
Categories: Infant/Toddler Development
Tags: Newborn,Care,Safety,Rashes,Crying,Bowel Movements,Eating Disorder,Sleeping Disorder
Top Tips for Parents 4 Credits
A descriptive guide to Parenting for teenagers as well as children with Learning Disabilities
Categories: Child Development
Tags: Learning Disabilitites,Behavior,Parent-child Relationship,Parenting
How to Protect your Children from Child Abuse - A Parent's Guide 4 Credits
A descriptive guide to Child Abuse and what steps parents can take to prevent their children from becoming victims of it.
Categories: Abuse
Tags: Child Abuse,Prevention,Parent-child Relationship,Parenting
Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents 3 Credits
You may be a current or prospective foster or adoptive parent of a child with a known or suspected history of child sexual abuse. In some cases, you may not be certain that abuse has occurred, but you may have suspicions based on information you received or because of the child’s behavior. You may feel confused, concerned, and unsure of the impact of prior child maltreatment, including sexual abuse.
Categories: Abuse
Tags: sexual abuse, signs of abuse, prevention methods, parent-child relationship
Choosing Safe Toys 1 Credit
Identifying toys that are safe for children from the ones that hurt or injure them
Categories: Safety Issues
Tags: toys, safety, infant, toddlers, preschoolers, dangerous objects
Fire Safety 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on how to protect your child in case of a fire emergency.
Categories: Safety Issues
Tags: fire prevention, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, fire drills
Food Safety for Your Family 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on food safety for your family, why you need it along with the do's and don'ts while considering food.
Categories: Safety Issues
Tags: bacteria, food safety, cooking
Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect 2 Credits
A detailed discussion about the factors affecting the consequences of child abuse and neglect; their physical health, psychological, behavioral, societal consequences.
Categories: Abuse
Tags: Abuse,Neglect,Child Behaviour,Child Health
Choking (what to do) 1 Credit
It is a useful article about choking; its consequences, prevention, treatment.
Categories: Medical
Tags: Choking,Emergency
Computer-Related Repetitive Stress Injuries 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on Computer-Related Repetitive Stress Injuries; its types, causes, prevention etc; Know about Ergonomic.
Categories: Medical
Tags: Repetitive Stress,Computer,Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,Tendonitis,Ergonomic
Internet Safety 2 Credits
It is an useful article about Internet Safety and laws related to internet safety
Categories: Safety Issues
Tags: Internet Safety,Internet Safety Laws,Chat Room Caution
Medications: Using Them Safely 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on how to give the children their medication in a safe and healthy manner.
Categories: Medical
Tags: Medication Safety,Side Effects,Safe Storage,Safe Disposal
Auto Safety 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on how to keep your children safe during a vehicular journey safety seats, seat belts etc.
Categories: Safety Issues
Tags: Child Safety Seats,Infant-only Seat,Convertible Seats,Forward-facing Seats,Seat Belts,Air Bags
Staying Healthy While You Travel 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on how to keep your children healthy during travels, national or abroad.
Categories: Transportation
Tags: Vaccination,Typhoid Diarrhea,Jet Lag,Ear Pain,Motion Sickness,Car Seat,Water Safety
Sun Safety 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on how extreme sun exposure can be harmful and how to protect your children from it.
Categories: Safety Issues
Tags: Sun Safety,UV Rays,Sun Exposure,Sunscreen,Sunburn
Water Safety 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on how water can sometimes be more harmful than fun for children, and how parents can keep their children safe from any damage caused by water.
Categories: Safety Issues
Tags: water safety, pools, swimming, water illnesses
Burns 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on what causes burns on children's skins and what steps parents can take to avoid that.
Categories: Medical
Tags: Safety,Burns,Prevention
Binge Eating Disorder 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on the eating disorder known as binge eating disorder, signs and symptoms, causes,diagnosis and treatment.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Eating Disorders,Guilt
Helping Kids Deal With Bullies 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on how to deal with bullying, identifying, reason, signs, advice, restoring confidence
Categories: Social Emotional Development
Tags: Bullying,Advice for Kids,Restoring Confidence
Kids and Alcohol 1 Credit
A detailed discussion on the effects of alcohol abuse on children among various ages, talking to kids about it, teaching them to say "no", risk factors, recognizing signs and general tips.
Categories: Abuse
Tags: Alcohol Abuse,Overdosing,Risky Behavior,Drug Use,Depression
Taking Your Child to a Therapist 1 Credit
A detailed discussion about taking your child to a therapist, how to understand whether or not your chil needs it, finding the right one, factors to consider, possible professions of the therapist, types of therapy, preparing for the first visit, providing additional support.
Categories: Special Education
Tags: Therapy,Psychiatrists,Psychologists,Social Workers
Trauma, Brain Development, & Behavior 2 Credits
This course explores the impact trauma has on children's brain development and how the brain "building blocks" impacts attachment, perspective of the world and behavior. Elements that help children heal from trauma and adjust behavior are presented.
Categories: Grief and Loss
Tags: brain development, trauma, behavior, attachment
Loss is Normal and Grief is Not a Mental Illness 2 Credits
This course provides an overview on the components of grieving for children (and adults) exploring the interconnection between three (3) theories; the stages of grieving, the styles of grieving and social-emotional development. Understanding these three (3) components will provide Foster Parents and Relative Caregivers with the insight to support and advocate for children in their grieving process so they may heal.
Categories: Grief and Loss
Tags: Grieving stages, Understanding grief, Anger and grief, Grief and behavior or Behavior and grief, Loss and grief, Normal grief, Children’s grief
Trauma, The Teen Brain and Behavior 2 Credits
Being a teenager and parenting teens is challenging for everyone!. This course will discuss three components of the teen years with a focus on teens in foster placement; Development of the Teen brain, trauma effect on the brain and how behavior is impacted by brain development. Learn about attachment, brain building blocks and methods of effectively living with and guiding teens!
Categories: Grief and Loss
Tags: Teen Trauma, Teen Brain, Teen Maturity, Teen Behavior, Foster Teens
Love, Security, Limits and Boundaries 3 Credits
All children need four key elements to grow and thrive; love, security, limits and boundaries. It is the role of every parent to ensure that their children have these elements. However not all parents can provide this for their children and so others need to step in. This can become the role of the Foster (Resource) parent. Learn the importance of these elements , the role of parents and the role of children/teens in creating loving, secure environments with limits and boundaries in which children can thrive.
Categories: Teens
Tags: limits and boundaries, security
Coping with Loss During the Holidays 2 Credits
Loss during the holidays intensives due to the expectations around holiday customs traditions and family gatherings. While we generally focus on Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays there are many more holidays in the US which can bring loss to children and families. This course explores all the US holidays, the type of losses experienced and methods of helping children heal from past losses while create meaningful holidays in their future.
Categories: Grief and Loss
Tags: holiday loss, holiday healing, helping children heal, children's holiday loss
Teaching Values to Children 4 Credits

Moral development theory states that children’s value systems are defined by the time they are ten (10) years of age. These values determine the decisions they make regarding right and wrong, following laws and rules, actions with and against other people.

  • How do children develop their value systems?
  • Who has the greatest teaching impact on them during the first ten (10) years of their life?
  • Can their value system change as they mature into adulthood?
  • What is the role of the men who serve in the position of "Father" to children whether as their Biological Father, Stepfather, Grandfather, Foster Father?

Facilitated by Dr. Deylyne McCampbell, a Professional Trainer and member of The Stephan Center Training team, the issues of teaching values through modeling actions is discussed.


Categories: Fathering, Child Development, Social Emotional Development
Tags: teaching values, living with honor, self-respect, family values