Resource/Adoptive Parent Training (RAPT)
RAPT I, II, and III are required for prospective foster and adoptive parents.
RAPT IV is only required for families interested in adoption.
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.
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.
Attachment, Discipline and Effects of Caregiving on the Family Overview
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.
Adoption (not required for foster care license)
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.