RFA Orientation Sessions
Resource Family Approvals — Also known as RFA — is a method of certifying care providers for the care and supervision of children, youth, and non-minor dependents (NMD) in the foster care system. Attend an Orientation Session to learn more. Classes are held the following times:
- The First and Third Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30pm
- The Second and Fourth Saturday of each month at 9:30am
See here for more information on our 2019 Orientation Schedule.
The orientation on Tuesday February 12th is canceled due to the holiday.
Pre-Approval Training – English
Every applicant and co-applicant applying to be a resource family must complete the required pre-service trainings before being approved.
|3/3/18||RFA Pre-Service: Child Welfare Overview||9:00am – 12:00pm||3||3801 3rd St San Francisco|
|3/3/18||RFA Pre-Service: Understanding Your Role||12:30pm – 3:30pm||3||3801 3rd St San Francisco|
|3/10/18||RFA Pre-Service: Developmental Needs||9:00am – 12:00pm||3||3801 3rd St San Francisco|
|3/10/18||RFA Pre-Service: Positive Parenting & Psych Meds||12:30pm – 3:30 pm||3||3801 3rd St San Francisco|
- Car Seat Training
- Parenting and Pride Training – Foster/Adopt Pride
Parenting Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) Training – The PRIDE program is designed to strengthen the quality of family foster care and adoption services. This is accomplished by providing a standardized, consistent, structured framework for the competency-based recruitment, preparation, and selection of foster parents and adoptive parents, and for foster parent in-service training and ongoing professional development.
Pre-Approval Training – Spanish
|July 2017||July 29th||9AM-3:30PM|
|August 2017||August 5th||9AM-3:30PM|
|September 2017||September 9th, 16th||9AM-3:30PM|
|November 2017||November 4th, 11th||9AM-3:30PM|
CPR/ First Aid Training
First Aid and CPR Classes for prospective and currently licensed Merced County Foster Parents are held on Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm on the following dates:
- July 14, 2018
- July 28, 2018
- August 11, 2018
- August 25, 2018
- September 8, 2018
- September 22, 2018
- October 13, 2018
- October 27, 2018
- November 10, 2018
- December 8, 2018
- December 29, 2018
See here for more information on our 2018 First Aid and CPR Training Schedule.
Trainings for Caregivers of Children Aged 0-3
If you intend to care for a child aged 0-3, you will need the following additional training before you are approved.
The following are advanced trainings that resource families can attend to continue their learning and to earn training hours for their annual renewal.
- Caring for Children Who Have Experience Trauma
When children or youth cannot remain safely at home with their birth families, they are most often placed temporarily in the homes of relatives—kin—or licensed foster parents. Many of these children have lived through traumatic experiences. Understanding how trauma affects children can help you make sense of your child’s sometimes baffling behavior, feelings, and attitudes. In this workshop, you’ll improve your ability to communicate with your child, learn skills and techniques to influence your child’s behavior and attitudes, and learn ways to reduce the stress of parenting a traumatized child.