Ohio adoption agency, providing pregnancy support & adoption services in Toledo, Columbus and Cleveland

Adoption Training

for foster/adoptive families & professionals

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SOFA is an Ohio Licensed Training Provider

  • All Ohio Licensed Foster Parents Welcome to Attend

  • Adoptive Parents, Social Workers, Counselors, & Volunteers also Welcome! 

  • CEU Provider for the Ohio Social Worker and Counselor Board, # RCS111501

  • Eligible for Training Stipends for Foster Parents 

We Provide Live as well as Self-Directed Training Opportunities

 

 

Live Trainings: 

 

A schedule of live trainings can be found below and pre-registration is required.  All are welcome.  Ohio licensed foster parents need to obtain 18 live training hours within your two year homestudy certification period.

 

Self-Directed Trainings: 

 

Foster parents can also obtain up to (6) hours of self-directed training hours within your two year homestudy certification period.  Self-directed trainings are completed on your own timeframe. 

 

To Receive Training Credit:

 

An evaluation will be required at the conclusion of every training, whether live or self-directed, before training credit will be received.    

Upcoming Live Training Opportunities

Licensed foster parents need to obtain a total of 24 hours of training within your 2 year certification period. This summer, we are offering (2) options:

1. Book Club for Parents 

2. You are welcome to register and attend Pre-Service Training Courses again.  Most likely, the content has been modified and updated since you took originally took yours, and it can be very beneficial to hear the information again, now that you are further along in your adoption journey. 

If you miss them this summer, please know that these (4) Pre-Service courses are also offered again in September and December.  

Summer Book Club for Parents

 

 

book cover of Fireweed by Jennifer Mae. She has her arms reaching for the sky and she is standing in a field of weeds

Read Fireweed

Receive (6) hours self-directed Foster Parent Training credit

Buy the Book
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Discuss

After you read "Fireweed" on your own, register and join us on Zoom on this summer to discuss the book. (1) hour of Live Foster Parent Training credit available for each (1) hour of participation. 

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Learn More

Jennifer Mae's story started 18 years ago when she was pregnant at 16. Click below to read what inspired her to write her book.

Click to Read More

*Self-Directed Ohio Adoption/Foster Trainings*

book cover of smiling young black boy, Kevin Hofmann transracial adoptee

Read Kevin's Book + complete an evaluation. 

  • (6) hours self-directed Foster Parent Training credit available

 

Click to Submit Your Evaluation
book cover of Fireweed by Jennifer Mae. She has her arms reaching for the sky and she is standing in a field of weeds

Read Jennifer Mae's Book + complete an evaluation. 

  • (6) hours self-directed Foster Parent Training credit available
Click to Submit Your Evaluation
book cover of The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis.  The cover photo is a mom sitting a desk smiling with her young daughter sitting on her lap.

 

Read The Connected Child Book + complete an evaluation. 

  • (6) hours self-directed Foster Parent Training credit available
Click to Submit Your Evaluation

To Receive Credit for Self-Directed Trainings:

Ohio licensed pre-adoptive foster parents will need to:

1. Read the book or watch the video.

2. Complete an evaluation.

3. Notify Ellie Hartford that you completed the training.

4. Ohio licensed foster parents will receive a training stipend and certificate of completion for each hour of coursework completed. 

5. Questions: ellie@spiritoffaithadoptions.org 

*Please note that 6 of your 24 training hours in each renewal period (2 yrs.) are permitted to be self-directed/without a live trainer present.* 

 

Fall Pre-Service Sessions (September)

Session #1: Introduction to SOFA and the Homestudy Process

Session #2: Forming Healthy Attachments

Session #3: Cultural Awareness

Session #4: Infant CPR and First Aid

September Date TBD

Winter Pre-Service Sessions (December)

Session #1: Introduction to SOFA and the Homestudy Process

December Date TBD

Session #2: Forming Healthy Attachments

December Date TBD

Session #3: Cultural Awareness

December Date TBD

Session #4: Infant CPR and First Aid

December Date TBD

Coming Soon! More Live Training Opportunities

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