Strong Families -Foster Care
Fostering is taking on a challenge heart first!

Forestdale’s Strong Families – Foster Care program provides nurturing homes to help more than 500 youth achieve their personal, academic and professional goals.

Like all kids, children in foster care need guidance, patience, love and a strong education. If you chose to become a foster parent, your role is to parent children who face adversity, helping them heal and thrive.  Forestdale supports foster and birth parents so they and their children, birth to 21 years, are successful. We provide training and counseling so the children, birth parents, and foster parent can thrive.

Forestdale has a strong track record of success in helping families succeed:  we have pioneered a parental attachment model for system-involved families that has become a citywide foster care standard (i.e. the University of Delaware’s evidence-based Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up model); we partnered with New York University’s Child Study Center to pilot the evidence-informed model of Trauma Systems Therapy to help families heal; and we have received good reviews for our work, including a Safety score from the City of 94 (on a scale of 100),

Parenting is not easy. In fact, you’ve never done anything so challenging. But the rewards are immense. You’re volunteering to save a life, and hopefully help a family reunify. And Forestdale will be with you every step of the way.

November & December Foster Parent Trainings

Wednesday 11/8/17 10-12 pm PTSD (Special)
Thursday 11/9/17 6-8 pm PTSD (Special)
Wednesday 11/15/17 6-8 pm Understanding & Enhancing the child’s self-concept
Friday 11/17/17 6-8 pm Understanding & Enhancing the child’s self-concept
Wednesday 12/6/17 10-12 pm Combatting Stress in Foster Parenting (Special)
Wednesday 12/13/17 6-8 pm Combatting Stress in Foster Parenting (Special)
Friday 12/15/17 10-12 pm Bridging Loss: Separation & Placement


MAPP Training  

January 6th 2018          10am- 4pm

January 13th 2018       10am- 4pm

January 20th 2018       10am- 4pm

January 27th 2018       10am- 4pm

February 3rd 2018       10am- 4pm


 **Please don’t bring any children (your biological children or foster children) to the trainings.

The materials presented are not suitable for them and we have no one to watch them.

  1. Please RSVP at least two days prior to the training you are planning to attend
  2. Your home will not be recertified if you don’t have enough training hours
  3. Most of your trainings hours must be completed at Forestdale
  4. Keep track of the trainings you’ve already attended.


If you would like to complete some foster parent trainings online use the following link.


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