Ongoing Foster Parent Training Opportunities

Throughout the year, KVC provides engaging trainings and support groups for foster and adoptive families. Review statewide resources as well resources specific to your area below.

Monthly Training Calendars

Please register for classes online at learn.childally.org using the passcode “learn.” All trainings are virtual unless otherwise noted. Childcare needs to be coordinated with your Family Support Coordinator (FSC) if you’re planning to attend an in-person training.

To find out more about these opportunities or additional training classes, please contact your area’s trainer.

May 2024 Training Calendar

June 2024 Training Calendar

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Online Training Recordings

To access KVC’s library of recorded trainings and receive CEUs, click here or on the image below. You must have a Google (Gmail or other account linked to Google) account to access these videos. Click here to access the book report to submit CEUs.

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Northeast Kansas Training Resources

Foster Parent Trainer: Jennifer Danford, jdanford@kvc.org

Counties include: Anderson, Brown, Clay, Cloud, Doniphan, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell, Marshall, Nemaha, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Washington 

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Kansas City Metro Training Resources

Foster Parent Trainer: Jamie Kelsey, jkelsey@kvc.org

Counties include: Atchison, Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte

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Southeast Kansas Training Resources

Foster Parent Trainer: Madison Beard, mbeard@kvc.org

Counties include: Allen, Barber, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Elk, Ellsworth, Greenwood, Kingman, Harper, Harvey, Labette, Lincoln, Linn, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Mitchell, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Rice, Reno, Saline, Sedgwick, Sumner, Wilson, Woodson 

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Additional Resources

Check out the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s website with information about the impact of trauma on families here.

For more information on adoptive family support groups, please contact adoptionspecialist@kvc.org.

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Resource Family Conference

Couple smiles as they decide to become foster parentsEvery other year, KVC dedicates an enriching weekend to its foster and adoptive parents by completely underwriting this fun and educational experience. The Resource Family Conference provides more than 1,000 parents and children with a series of events, inspiring speakers and parental networking opportunities. Through their attendance, parents obtain training hours that help them meet state licensing requirements and gain unique skillsets that are required when working with children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences.

On Friday night, families are treated to entertainment, dinner and complimentary hotel rooms.

The educational component of the conference begins on Saturday when nationally-known speakers address current issues facing foster families. While parents participate in numerous presentations and workshops, children enjoy fun activities such as laser tag, arcade games, and a trip to the movies.

Generous donations and fundraising events allow parents and children to share a bonding weekend filled with learning that will last a lifetime.

Click here to learn more about KVC’s Resource Family Conference.