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.

 Foster Parent Trainings



Wednesday 5/23/18 10-12 pm Cultural Responsiveness
Thursday 5/24/18 6-8 pm Cultural Responsiveness
Thursday 5/31/18 6-8 pm Helping Children Heal 


Wednesday 6/6/18 10-12 pm Trauma and PTSD (Special)
Thursday 6/14/18 6-8 pm Tired of Talking: my kids don’t listen
Friday 6/15/18 10-12 pm Tired of Talking: my kids don’t listen
Thursday 6/28/18 6-8 pm Trauma and PTSD (Special)


Thursday 7/12/18 6-8 pm Road to Recovery: Supporting children with IDD (special)
Sunday 7/15/18 10 am – 3 pm Special Sunday  
Wednesday 7/25/18 10-12 pm Road to Recovery: Supporting children with IDD (special)


**Please be advised children (biological or foster children) will not be able to attend. The materials presented are not suitable for them nor is child care available.

  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 foster parent trainings online use the following link.

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