Training Resource Center: Foster Parent Training Program

Grants and Contracts Details


The Foster Parent Training Program collaborates with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family (CHFS) Services Department for Community Based Services, other public universities in Kentucky, community partners from across the state, and foster families to identify foster parent training and educational needs. Services include training and curricula development for DCBS staff, providers and foster parents. A bi-annual digital magazine for foster and adoptive parents is developed to share relevant training and information to meet the needs of foster families and children. Conference and event coordination related to foster care is also provided. As the needs of foster families change, so does the program’s focus. It is guided by the needs of DCBS and Kentucky’s foster and adoptive families. Goal: The goal of the Foster Parent Training Program is to provide training and support to foster families across the state in an effort to promote the safety, permanency and well-being of Kentucky’s children. Objective 1: Develop curriculum or provide training in compliance with State’s PIP. The program coordinator collaborates with the DCBS Training Branch, Central Office personnel, and Recruitment and Certification staff to identify topics for both training and curriculum development. Upon completion of foster parent training curriculum, and its approval by Eastern Kentucky University, the information is presented as a Training of Trainers or as a web-based training. The program coordinator delivers statewide training as requested and as time and travel resources permit. Objective 2: Coordinate/provide regional and/or statewide trainings. In addition to new curriculum, existing training topics are presented to DCBS staff and foster parents as requested. The program coordinator also presents and/or facilitates training in the regions as requested and as time and travel resources permit. Assistance with trainings for the Kentucky Foster/Adoptive Care Association is offered on a quarterly basis. Objective 3: Provide support and information to foster parents. The program coordinator develops two digital publications of Foster/Adoptive Support and Training (F.A.S.T.) Track magazine each fiscal year for foster and adoptive Parents. The program coordinator monitors and responds to those needing information and support specific to foster parents through the F.A.S.T. Hotline, which is available Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm at 1-877-440-6376. The program coordinator maintains the One Stop Shop (SOS) website, available at, which provides a variety of information designed for Kentucky’s foster parents. Objective 4: Update and distribute Medical Passport. Working in partnership with the DCBS Medical Support Section, the program coordinator and TRC staff develop, edit, update, print the tabs, assemble and ship the medical passports. The Cabinet provides for the shipping of the passports. The program coordinator maintains a database to control the distribution of medical passports to ensure equitable distribution throughout the state. Objective 5: Create and distribute Certificates of Completion and Appreciation. As DCBS Recruitment and Certification staff request certificates for their foster parents, the program creates, prints, and distributes them statewide to the appropriate office. Objective 6: Create, maintain and update Foster Parent Handbook. The program coordinator works closely with DCBS Central Office personnel to update and maintain a timely and informative handbook as a starting point for staff, workers, and foster parents to obtain information pertinent to the day–to-day activities of caring for Kentucky’s children.
Effective start/end date7/1/166/30/17


  • Eastern Kentucky University: $205,055.00


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