Caregiver Training Unit

COVID-19 Update


As you know, there have been multiple announcements made by authorities such as the CDC and the governor about the COVID-19 Coronavirus that include guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy. In addition, we at the Partnership want to do our part in efforts to help reduce the potential spread of the virus.


Child Welfare Administration and the PSU Child Welfare Partnership management have been in communication and are in alignment to restructure our classroom training for the next few weeks.


As a result, the Caregiver training that would normally be offered locally in your branch will be offered instead as a Netlink that can be taken from your home computer.


Please check here to review a form that will allow you to sign up for the trainings that have been moved to the Netlink format:


With details changing daily, we will do our absolute best to keep you informed of any changes that will impact our trainings. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Anna Howell, the Distance Training Manager, can be reached via email at


Thank you so much for your understanding as we work our way through this time!


PSU Child Welfare Partnership Staff

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


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


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.