The Child Welfare Partnership Training Program delivers comprehensive child welfare training that enhances outcomes and services to the most vulnerable and at risk children and families. The Partnership's professional training staff provides ongoing basic and advanced training for Department of Human Services child welfare workers and foster, kinship, and adoptive parents.

Located at the Partnership's Salem Center office on the campus of ChemeketaCommunity College, the Training Program offers a full slate of state-of-the-art instructional opportunities.

Core training for new child welfare staff employed by Oregon's Department of Human Services includes:

  • Basic Casework Practice (two weeks)
  • CORE CPS training (six weeks)
  • Systematic Risk Assessment (three days)

Training more specific to work environment and assignment includes modules in the following:

  • Certifier Training
  • Adoption Worker Training
  • Social Service Assistants' Training
  • Freeing and Placing Children for Adoption
  • T itle IV-E Eligibility Worker Training
  • Supervisor Training
  • Legal Issues Training

Advanced and specialized training, including offerings utilizing distance delivery, such as:

  • Permanency Conference: "Kids Can't Wait"
  • Family-Based Services Training, including elements of

Strengths/Needs Based Services and Planning, Beginning and AdvancedInterviewing, and Use of Family Decision Meetings

  • Matching Family Strengths to Childrens' Needs in Selection of Adoptive Famillies

In addition to training child welfare staff, the Training Program provides extensive educational opportunities for foster, relative and adoptive parents. Four trainers are located throughout the state, and work extensively with Foster Care Certifiers and Adoption Workers as well as with foster parent associations to identify needs related to ongoing training for resource families.

General Program Information: Mark Hingdon higm@chemeketa.edu

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Profiles of Child Welfare Trainers

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