Caregiver Training Unit

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.