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In October, 2022 we released this new Training Institute website.

Some students may need to find trainings from our legacy (older) system. We have you covered!

Click the button, below, to search for your name to see the certificates that you earned in our legacy system.

Note that you just need to visit My Profile to find certificates that you earned on this website.

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First, create a new account for our NFPATI website. This profile is where you’ll find all of your training activity and earned certificates.

Then, browse our training offerings, and ENROLL for those that are most helpful for you.

You’ll receive a certificate for every completed course!

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Centene Corporation and The National Foster Parent Association would like to welcome you to our partnership to bring online training to caregivers nationwide via the NFPA Training Institute.

Combining our child welfare expertise will allow us to disseminate training to caregivers more broadly, which will further support and empower them in providing the best possible care to our children and youth.

Centene and the NFPA have committed to collaborate to create new curriculums and trainings that will give caregivers quick and easy access to education that addresses targeted issues they commonly encounter.


Browse Some Of Our Recent & Featured Courses

Ensuring Safety & Equity for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning/Queer Intersex Ally (LGBTQIA+) Youth (1.5 Hours)

During this training, participants will explore terms, developmental challenges, and stigma as they relate to LGBTQIA+ youth.

Introduction to Complex Trauma Part 1 (.75 Hour)

In Part 1 of this 3-part series, we’ll discuss what Complex Trauma is, with the ultimate goal of learning tips, tricks and strategies that can help Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents to discover the best treatment approach.

Historical and InterGenerational Trauma Part 2 (35 Minutes)

In Part 2 of this 3-part series, we’ll dive into the topic of Historical/Intergenerational Trauma, with the ultimate goal of learning tips, tricks and strategies that can help Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents identify treatment options.

Complex Trauma Treatment Options Part 3 (40 Minutes)

In Part 3 of this 3-part series, we’ll review our sessions on Complex and Historical Trauma, and discuss Treatment Options.

The Good News: What You Do Matters, A Discussion with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (.75 Hour)

This discussion was first published as part of the NFPA 2021 Education Conference, entitled ‘Forward: Hope. Care. Change’, and will center around Dr. van der Kolk’s book, ‘The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma‘.

Building Relationships Filled w/ Hope with Amanda Cruce, Tecoria Jones, Jennifer Rhodes, & Kara Georgi (50 Minutes)

It is always better for children and youth to remain with their birth families if it is safe to do so. When foster care is necessary, the goal is to provide a temporary safe, stable, and nurturing environment for children and adolescents while actively seeking and supporting reunification with their families.


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Dozens of Online Courses

Choose from multiple courses in the areas that impact you and your family.

Instructor Expertise

Our instructors are experts in their respective fields or parents just like you.

Always Free. Always Accessible.

Sign up for a course and you’ll be able to complete it for free when it’s convenient for you.

Training Certificates for Each Completed Course

Receive certificates to show training completion; great for meeting your State’s annual training-hour requirement.

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Foster Care Tax Credit Act SURVEY: Your Response is Requested by 9/7

Foster Care Tax Credit Act SURVEY: Your Response is Requested by 9/7

The National Foster Parent Association has partnered with the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and Upbring, a child welfare service provider in Texas, to advocate for the Foster Care Tax Credit Act.

This proposed bill would provide a one-time per year tax credit to families that provide short-term care for foster children.

As you know, there is a nationwide shortage of foster families, especially those providing short-term or emergency care (6 months or less). Additionally, while there are some benefits in place for foster families, those providing short-term care are not able to claim the child as a dependent and, therefore, cannot take advantage of certain tax benefits for caring for the child, such as the Child Tax Credit, that are available for long-term foster families. A Foster Care Tax Credit for short-term foster families would provide additional support for foster children and these families that are otherwise left out when it comes to federal tax benefits and would help states to recruit and retain foster parents.

We are distributing this short survey because we are seeking data and input from foster parents around the nation to help us demonstrate the need for this tax credit. The information collected will remain confidential and no identifying information will be shared. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@nfpaonline.org.

Thank you for your time and help in this effort! Be sure to respond by 9/7.

Take the survey HERE.

Notice of a Policy Briefing on Foster Parenting hosted by the CHAMPS Campaign

You’ve signed up to receive notifications about trainings posted to the NFPATI website. While this won’t be posted here, it’s a unique networking opportunity that we wanted to let you know about!

Join this online briefing to learn about state and federal policy reforms to strengthen family-based foster care. Advocates will highlight policy priorities and share examples of policy wins and lessons learned on efforts to strengthen kin and non-kin foster parenting.

Speakers include:

State advocates from West Virginia, Colorado, New York and Vermont and representatives from these national organizations:

  • National Foster Parent Association
  • Generations United
  • Youth Law Center’s Quality Parenting Initiative
  • Children’s Village and
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children

Date: December 15, 2022

Time: 2-3:30 ET

Briefing by Zoom

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpdeGpqzooH9JhiPYnbFkgosk9AJv6ON9o

For policy advocacy tools, see the policy hub on the CHAMPS website

Be sure to check out this brief, Winning Approaches to Strengthening Family-Based Care

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