AUSTIN, TX [October 13, 2011] – Foster In Texas (FIT), a program of Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. (LSS), has announced that online training is now available for all Texas foster families in need of mandatory training hours. Training is open to all foster parents regardless of their child placing agency, as well as state child placement staff members and social workers in need of CEUs and training hours. Live training classes via interactive webinar are provided on a variety of pertinent subjects and are taught by subject matter experts in each field. The cost of each session is $6.00 per hour per person outside of the LSS FIT network. Training is free to current LSS FIT foster parents and staff.
“All Texas foster families with a broadband internet connection can now take advantage of low-cost training from the convenience of their own home,” said Betsy Guthrie, chief operating officer and president of LSS. “Receiving training at home saves people time and money on gas and babysitting costs, and the webinars are scheduled during convenient day and evening times. This service has been available to our current foster families for over a year. The training covers the most requested subjects, and the feedback has been very positive.”
Interested parties can go online to www.fosterintexas.org/trainingto see a menu and calendar of upcoming classes and instructions for registering and paying. Training topics are divided into four categories: Children’s Health, General Parenting, Minimum Standards and Best Practices, and Trauma-Informed Care. After each session, trainees are able to download and print a certificate of completion for their records.
Texas foster families are required to complete anywhere between 20-60 hours of training per year per home. Child placement staff, managers, and social workers are required to complete between 15 and 30 hours of training annually.
About Foster In Texas
Foster In Texas, a program of Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. (LSS), has a longstanding, award-winning history of success serving vulnerable children and families, with offices in 16 communities throughout Texas. The mission of Foster In Texas is to improve the lives of children who have been removed from their families due to neglect and/or sexual, physical, or psychological abuse, by placing them in stable loving homes and providing therapeutic care as needed. FIT families are actively recruited and trained to foster basic needs children as well as large sibling groups, troubled teens, and children with special medical needs.