To meet these challenges, foster parents know that better training is essential. Foster parents often complain about receiving inadequate training with veteran foster parents reporting a concern about feeling well prepared.
Today, House of New Hope is announcing a new plan with the ambition of rebuilding a training program that is responsive to the needs of our new and veteran foster parents.
· House of New Hope’s training program will now become a part of our Licensing Department.
· We will offer a completely revised Pre-Service curriculum with new state-of-the-art content that provides every foster parent applicant with many real-life practice opportunities.
· We have heard you and understand your need to maximize vacation time taken from work in order to complete your training hour requirements. Therefore, we will stop offering so many 3-hour trainings each month, and instead, offer full-day trainings each month and more multi-day training events each year. For those that don’t use vacation time, this new schedule will afford you the opportunity to get your training hours more quickly.
· We will ensure that your on-going trainings are facilitated by a licensed mental health professional who can answer your questions and apply the information to your unique circumstances.
· Within the next 12-months, House of New Hope will begin to train our families in an evidenced-based approach to foster parenting. An approach proven by research to maximize good outcomes for our foster children.
· House of New Hope is currently exploring the use of webinar trainings as an alternative to the traditional classroom approach.
These changes will allow us to increase our effectiveness and better meet your needs. This is also a great time to share your opinions in order to allow us to fine tune this program. All ideas will be appreciated. Just email them to Dr. Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
House of New Hope has been doing God’s work serving Ohio’s most vulnerable children, youth, adults and families since 1992. We know that changes cause some people to get anxious and fearful; inventing all sorts of motives and hidden agendas rather than accepting the simple fact that in order to stay in the front of the pack, we sometimes have to change with the times.
At the end of the day, however, we are the same people today that came to your home in the middle of the night to help with a crisis. The same people that stayed on the phone with you for an hour or so walking you through a difficult time in your life. The same people who you have trusted and who have never knowingly betrayed that trust.