Resource Family Training Schedule

Registration is required to attend training series. To register, first sign up to be a resource family. Instructions on how to register will be in the application.

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.

Date Course Time Hours Location
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.


Advanced Trainings

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.