Caregiver Training Unit

Caregivers are essential to keeping children safe in the State of Oregon. On a daily basis they provide the care and support necessary for children served by child welfare. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent you must complete initial training, Foundations. Foundations training is hosted in person by each branch, click here to find your local contact.


PSU’s Caregiver Training Program, accessible here, offers opportunities for ongoing training that helps foster parents, relative care providers, and adoptive parents, meet their continuing education requirements. To maintain certification and enhance their ability to care for children in state custody, caregivers must complete 30 hours of education every two years. Training is provided statewide both in the classroom and by distance delivery with a variety of topics available.


Search for your county in the Scheduled Training tab to find out what’s available near you.  For more training resources, see Ongoing Training on the Department of Human Services caregiver website.






Oregon Foster Youth Connection created a video to help child welfare staff, substitute caregivers, and children and young adults in foster care understand and implement recent changes in law concerning the 'Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard'. See it at the links below:


Caregiver Training Unit Home

Portland State University

Child Welfare Partnership

626 High Street NE, Suite 400

Salem, OR 97301


(503) 315-4267

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For more information about Portland State University's Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services, please click here.