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Types of Training: Foster & Adoption Assessors

 

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FOSTER & ADOPTION ASSESSOR TIER I

Tier I Foster & Adoption Assessor Training is required for all social workers providing foster care and/or adoption services in Ohio.  Only persons who are employed by or under contract to a licensed foster care or adoption agency are eligible to receive the training.

Tier I Foster & Adoption Assessor training includes six workshops and 36 hours of training.  The workshops are:

201-A1-S: Family and Child Assessment (12 Hours)

This two-day module will provide workers strategies to mutually assess families as adoptive resources for children; and introduce the philosophy of joining the Foster Care/Adoption homestudy process. The workshop will present information to assist trainees in the identification of families who will have a high probability of long-term success in parenting adopted children.

The Family and Child Assessment module will provide workers strategies to assess the social and emotional functioning of children, their developmental needs, and readiness for adoptive placement.

Finally, the workshop will present information regarding Selection and Match in Adoption including clarification of the requirements of both the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act.

201-A2-S: Services for Birth Parents (6 Hours)

This one-day module includes information regarding counseling issues and strategies in permanency planning with birth parents and their families.  For cases involving voluntary adoption, information will be given on how to foster responsible birth parenting in decision-making, birth planning, choosing adoption options, and following through on adoption planning.  For cases involving involuntary termination of parental rights, strategies will be provided on how to increase engagement of birth families in making decisions in the best interests of their children.  The workshop will help define the importance of grief work for all birth parents, the phases of grieving, and how to best support birth parents and their families as they cope with their losses.  The workshop will acquaint trainees with methods to gather and record social and medical histories of birth parents, Ohio rules/laws regarding open records and open adoptions; the Putative Father Registry; and the Ohio Voluntary Surrender form.  Finally, information is presented regarding permission messages, entrustment ceremonies, and closure to empower birth parents experiencing termination of parental rights.


201-A3-S: Post-Finalization Adoption Services (6 Hours)

This module provides an overview of the need for post adoption services, lifelong issues of adoption impacting the adopted person and the adoptive family, the components of post adoption services, and strategies for implementation of such services. The workshop will also explore issues of search and reunion in the post finalization period of adoption.


201-A4-S: Adoption Assistance (3 Hours)

This module includes a discussion of the value of subsidies to families, children, and the child welfare system. The workshop includes information regarding rules and procedures for accessing adoption subsidies as well as strategies to maximize resources for adoptive families.


201-A5-S: Placement Strategies (3 Hours)

This module will present trainees with placement strategies to maximize success and minimize trauma to the child, foster family, and adoptive family. Trainees will learn pre-placement visitation rationale and methodology as well as information that should be shared with families making an adoptive commitment to a child.

201-A6-S: Pre-Finalization Services (6 Hours)

This workshop will provide workers strategies for assessing the adjustment and attachment of the child and family prior to finalization. Trainees will learn to recognize stages of adoption disruption and strategies to avoid disruption. Finally, the workshop will identify strategies and techniques to strengthen the adoptive placement.

E-Track Tip
Did you know that you can quickly search and enroll in available sessions of these courses inside E-Track? Simply log into E-Track, and enter the appropriate learning number (e.g., 201-A6-S) into the "What Would You Like to Learn Today" box, check the "code" button beneath that, and click "Find It." Then click "Enroll or view available dates for this learning" on the resulting screen's left-side menu to find the date and location that best meets your needs. For more information, view the E-Track Quick-Start Guide.

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FOSTER & ADOPTION ASSESSOR TIER II

Tier II Foster & Adoption Assessor Training, an advanced series of workshops, is required for all social workers who provide foster care and/or adoption services in Ohio, and who have completed Tier I training.

Foster & Adoption Assessors have three years following the completion of Tier I to complete the second tier of training. Foster & Adoption Assessors who take Tier II workshops must have completed all six days of Tier I training. Participants must keep records of their attendance at the workshops and include a completed ODJFS form 1680 in their personnel records, certifying that they have completed the advanced training and meet the educational and employment qualifications to be Foster & Adoption Assessors.

Tier II Foster & Adoption Assessor training includes four workshops and 36 hours of training. The workshops are:

201-A7-S: Achieving Permanency Through Interagency Collaboration (6 Hours)

This workshop is designed to enhance the knowledge of and skills of workers in collaborative efforts, facilitating permanent placement of children. The workshop provides information about system transformation as well as the ingredients and stages of successful collaboration. Finally, foster & adoption assessors will be given strategies to enhance their skills in navigating these stages to ensure permanence for children.

201-A9-S: Openness in Adoption (12 Hours)

This two-day workshop will examine the continuum of openness and the various styles of adoption that can occur along that continuum. The historical perspective of openness will be presented as well as reasons supporting openness within current adoption practice. Trainees will learn about the advantages and liabilities of openness and will learn strategies to maximize the advantages while minimizing the liabilities. Participants will also learn techniques to open adoptions that finalized as closed and techniques to cope with conflict within open adoptive relationships.

201-A10-S: Gathering and Documenting Background Information (6 Hours)

This workshop is part of the Tier II Foster & Adoption Assessor training. The workshop will examine the importance of honesty in disclosure of information to adoptive families as well as the ethical and legal consequences of wrongful adoption (misrepresentation, intentional concealment, or negligent disclosure). Participants will learn what information adoptive families need and creative ways to access that information. Finally, participants will learn how and when to share information effectively with adoptive parents.

201-A8-S: Cultural Issues in Permanency Planning (12 Hours)

This workshop will identify the role culture can play in permanency planning and will enhance the worker's cultural competence in serving both children and prospective families. Finally, the workshop will outline the tenets of both the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Multiethnic Placement Act, assuring workers can make placement decisions that meet the needs of children while complying with federal and State administrative rules.

E-Track Tip
Did you know that you can quickly search and enroll in available sessions of these courses inside E-Track? Simply log into E-Track, and enter the appropriate learning number (e.g., 201-A8-S) into the "What Would You Like to Learn Today" box, check the "code" button beneath that, and click "Find It." Then click "Enroll or view available dates for this learning" on the resulting screen's left-side menu to find the date and location that best meets your needs. For more information, view the E-Track Quick-Start Guide.

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ASSESSOR REFRESHER

201-A11-S: Assessor Refresher (12 Hours)

This 12-hour Refresher course is designed for those assessors who have assessors who have not maintained their assessor status per OAC rule 5101:2-48-06.  A prerequisite for the course is completion of all six workshops in Tier I and all four workshops in Tier II Adoption Assessor training in compliance with rule 5101:20 48-06.  The Refresher workshop will:

  • Update “rusty” assessors on changes in practice and policies
  • Reinforce learning that occurred during the Assessor series
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice
E-Track Tip
Did you know that you can quickly search and enroll in available sessions of this course inside E-Track? Simply log into E-Track, and enter the learning number (201-A11-S) into the "What Would You Like to Learn Today" box, check the "code" button beneath that, and click "Find It." Then click "Enroll or view available dates for this learning" on the resulting screen's left-side menu to find the date and location that best meets your needs. For more information, view the E-Track Quick-Start Guide.

 

 

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