Support and Training
Every parent needs a support network, and parenting children and teens who have experienced abuse and neglect requires training. Find support resources, training and learn from others who have been there.
Child Welfare Training System
The Child Welfare Training System (CWTS) provides foster, kinship and adoptive parents free required core training in a day-and-a-half course as well as ongoing learning opportunities, throughout Colorado and online. The training system staff believe in those who are called to child welfare. They believe relationships matter, from the conference room to the living room and are devoted to exploring, understanding, appreciating and attending to you and your learning needs.
CWTS also offers a weekly support group called the Foster Parent Learning Exchange for foster parents, kin, adoptive parents, and families of origin. Parents receive 1.5 credit hours toward their continuing education toward continued certification for each 90-minute session.
The Foster Care Institute
All Colorado foster, adoptive and kinship parents in Colorado can access free personal and professional development training online through The Foster Care Institute. The Foster Care Institute offers over 55 online webinars and nine ebooks on a variety of topics related to foster care. Learn more about how to access these free trainings here.
Parent Partner blog
The CO4Kids Parent Partner blog is dedicated to the many families partnering with the Colorado child protection system to care for children and youth. This news source amplifies the voice and needs of adoptive parents, foster parents, relatives and family networks within the child welfare system. The blog features stories and experiences from Colorado families, learning opportunities and resources, and parenting advice.
Fostering can be the most rewarding and most challenging work that you ever do. Seek support during the good times, so you have a network available during the tough times. Find a support group through the county or child placement agency that certified you. You can also find support groups and other resources through Raise the Future, the Colorado State Foster Parent Association, Foster Source, Fostering Great Ideas, Just as Special and Families Together.
CO4Kids Live: The Arena
The Colorado Department of Human Services has partnered with Foster Source to create an ongoing series of virtual panel discussions as a resource for foster parents. Each panel discussion features Colorado foster parents discussing a topic related to foster and offers participants and viewers an opportunity to connect, share real stories and struggles and proactively seek support.