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Resource and Adoptive Parent Training

What is RAPT?

RAPT stands for Resource and Adoptive Parent Training, and consists of 4 parts. RAPT I, II, and III are required for prospective foster and adoptive parents. RAPT IV is only required for families interested in adoption.

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RAPT I

Introduction to DCS

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RAPT II

Child Abuse and Neglect

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RAPT III

Attachment, Discipline & Effects of Caregiving on the Family

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RAPT IV

Adoption

Introduction to the mission, vision, and values of the Indiana Department of Child Services and the basic structure of the department. Explanation of the licensing process to become a resource and adoptive parent. Discussion of the role of resource parents as a member of the service team. Review of some potential impacts of fostering and adoption on children. (3 hours)

Learn the definitions of abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. Learn the characteristics of maltreating families and recognize predisposing attitudes and behavior in a maltreating family. Have increased recognition of the different indicators, signs, and effects of abuse and neglect in children. Learn when and how to report suspected abuse. (4 hours)

Know how a child’s developmental level affects his/her understanding and reactions to out-of-home placement. Be aware of a variety of effective strategies that promote healthy development, attachment, and self-esteem, while managing children’s behaviors. Recognize the potential effects on the resource family of providing care. (3 hours)

Understand the Indiana Adoption Program (IAP) in the State of Indiana. Recognize common adoption issues for children, parent, and families. Be aware of resources in the community. (6 hours)

RAPT I: Introduction to DCS

Introduction to the mission, vision, and values of the Indiana Department of Child Services and the basic structure of the department. Explanation of the licensing process to become a resource and adoptive parent. Discussion of the role of resource parents as a member of the service team. Review of some potential impacts of fostering and adoption on children. (3 hours)

RAPT II: Child Abuse and Neglect

Learn the definitions of abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. Learn the characteristics of maltreating families and recognize predisposing attitudes and behavior in a maltreating family. Have increased recognition of the different indicators, signs, and effects of abuse and neglect in children. Learn when and how to report suspected abuse. (4 hours)

RAPT III: Attachment, Discipline and Effects of Caregiving on the Family

Know how a child’s developmental level affects his/her understanding and reactions to out-of-home placement. Be aware of a variety of effective strategies that promote healthy development, attachment, and self-esteem, while managing children’s behaviors. Recognize the potential effects on the resource family of providing care. (3 hours)

RAPT IV: Adoption

Understand the Indiana Adoption Program (IAP) in the State of Indiana. Recognize common adoption issues for children, parent, and families. Be aware of resources in the community. (6 hours)

Interested in Attending RAPT?

RAPT is not open to the public, and requires registration through your adoption consultant. If you are interested in attending classes, please contact your adoption consultant for a current schedule of trainings in your area. 

Not sure who your local adoption consultant is? Check our Local Adoption Contacts page for their contact information.

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