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 1/9/19 10-12 pm Anxiety Disorder (special)
Thursday 1/10/19 6-8 pm Anxiety Disorder (special)
Friday 1/18/19 10-12 pm Forestdale Clinic, what is it? How can it help you?
Tuesday 1/22/19 6-8 pm OSI
Saturday 1/26/19 10-1:30 pm ACS-Sexual Reproductive Health (Special)


Friday 2/1/19 10-12 pm Discipline and Behavior Modifications
Tuesday 2/12/19 6-8 pm Forestdale Clinic, what is it? How can it help you?
Wednesday 2/13/19 10-12 pm Recovery: Trauma and IDD (Special)
Saturday 2/23/19 10-1:30 pm ACS-Sexual Reproductive Health (Special)
Thursday 2/28/19 6-8 pm Recovery: Trauma and IDD (Special)


Wednesday 3/6/19 10-12 pm Parenting a Special Need Child (Special)
Tuesday 3/12/19 6-8 pm Discipline and Behavior Modifications
Thursday 3/21/19 6-8 pm Parenting a Special Need Child (Special)
Friday 3/22/19 10-12 pm Fostering to Achieve Outcomes


  1. Please RSVP in advance for the “ACS –Sexual Reproductive Health” training on 1/26 and 2/23 from 10:00-1:30 you have to attend one session. This training is available on a first come first serve basis. 
  1. Please RSVP for the trainings you are planning to attend. Confirm before coming to the agency especially during the winter months. For inclement weather call first before coming to the agency.
  1. By not attending training, you are out of compliance. Your home will not be recertified if you don’t have enough training hours in 2019. We will send letters to those who have not been attending trainings as per ACS to inform them of their status.
  1. Also, please keep track of the training you’ve already attended. You will know how many hours you have already completed.

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