Adoption Training

for foster/adoptive families & professionals

Upcoming Live Support Sessions

Spirit of Faith Adoptions' offers support of families always, and we invite you to register and attend our upcoming Support Sessions. Thes are designed by NiCole Thomas, LPCC-S, who is a clinical counselor, to offer support and encouragement to foster and adoptive parents, adoption assessors and therapists who support the adoption triad.     

SOFA Families and Staff - Free; 1.5 hours of Ohio Foster Parent Training available for all Ohio Foster Parents, 1.5 CEUS will be available for Ohio Counselors and Social Workers - $25; Adoptive Parents - $10   

How to Thrive While Waiting for Adoption Foster Parent Training Support Session on April 6th, 2023 on Zoom from 6-7:30pm EST

4/6/23 6-7:30pm EST

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Upcoming Live Trainings

Implementing a Nursing Care Plan for Adoption 1 Hr Virtual Seminar

Implementing a Nursing Care Plan Training Session for Nurses, PRCs and Social Workers

April 21st Noon-1pm EST

SOFA presents an adoption education course for nurses, social workers and pregnancy care centers: "Implementing a Nursing Care Plan for Adoption"    

This one-hour course is available via Zoom to local hospitals and pregnancy centers to provide convenient access for nurses and social workers in a medical setting who might have contact with adoptive families and/or expectant parents considering adoption. Participants will gain an understanding of the adoption process, and how to provide appropriate care to a patient considering making an adoption plan. 

1 CE/CEU for only $15!   Or group registration (without CE/CEU credit) is $50 

SOFA is an approved CEU provider for the Ohio Social Worker, Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, #RCS111501. This CE activity, OLN-S-3107-2022, offered by Spirit of Faith Adoptions, has been approved for 1.0 contact hours by the Ohio Board of Nursing through the approver unit at the Ohio League for Nursing (OBN-006-92) and the program is approved to be offered through September 1, 2024. 

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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

  • CE Provider for the Ohio Board of Nursing OLN-S-3107-2022 for Ohio League for Nursing (OBN-006-92) through September 1, 2024


We Provide Live as well as Self-Directed Training Opportunities



Live Trainings: 


A schedule of live trainings for foster and adoptive parents and for professionals can be found on this page 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.    


*Our next Pre-Service Training Series (Sessions #1-4) will be offered again in June.  Those dates will be posted soon. 

Pre-Service Training

Session #1: Introduction to SOFA and the Homestudy Process

occurred on Thursday, March 2, 2023 

Session #2: Forming Healthy Attachments

Monday, March 27, 2023 6-9pm EST

Session #3: Culture and the Adoption Journey

occurred on Thursday, March 16, 2023 6-9pm EST

Session #4: Infant CPR and First Aid

Thursday, March 30th, 2023 6-9pm EST

Other Live Foster Parent Training Opportunities (Outside SOFA)

 Click to view training courses through the Ohio Regional Training Center for Foster Parents


*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: 

*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.* 


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