The first step to becoming a foster parent is to attend the orientation meeting prior to participating in the 6-10 week (differs by state) foster parent training course. Here you will learn more about Lifeline’s foster care program and the various requirements for licensure, including state-mandated training, the home study process, and Minimum Standards for Foster Homes. Orientation does not commit you to fostering but is a great place to simply learn more. Please register for the appropriate orientation meeting.

Alabama

Alabama’s licensing classes are called Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety (TIPS). These classes include an orientation followed by 10 weeks of class. Lifeline partners with the Department of Human Resources (DHR) to help equip families for licensure. Lifeline provides the training classes, discipleship through the home study process, and the completed home study. DHR then receives the home study portfolio, licenses the family, and follows them throughout the fostering journey. If you are interested in becoming a licensed foster parent, please plan to attend an Orientation Meeting. Your presence at this meeting is required prior to beginning the TIPS course and is a great way to decide if becoming a foster family is right for you!

TUSCALOOSA, AL

Alberta Baptist Church
This class is open to Tuscaloosa County families.

(February 2018- May 2018)

*Please note registration for this class is closed and is not accepting new applicants*

 

SPRING 2018 CLASSES (BIRMINGHAM)

NorthPark Baptist Church
This class is open to Jefferson County, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, and Blount County families.

(March 2018-June 2018)

*Please note registration for this class is closed and is not accepting new applicants*

Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church

This class is open to Shelby County, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, and Blount County families.
Address: 4660 Caldwell Mill Rd, Birmingham, AL 35243
Orientation: June 4, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Class: June 182018, and continues for 10 weeks. The classes will be held from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm.
There will be no childcare provided for this class

**Register for this orientation by clicking here

FALL 2018 CLASS

Shades Mountain Baptist Church
This class is open to Jefferson County, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, and Blount County families.
Address: 2017 Columbiana Rd, Birmingham, AL 35216
Orientation: August 14, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Class: August 282018, and continues for 10 weeks. The classes will be held from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm.
There will be childcare provided for this class

**Registration for this class is coming soon*

The Church at Brook Hills

This class is open to Shelby and smaller surrounding county families.
Address: 3145 Brook Highland Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35242
Orientation: August 23, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Class: September 62018, and continues for 10 weeks. The classes will be held from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm.
There will be no childcare provided for this class

**Registration for this class is coming soon**

 

MOBILE, AL
We are in the process of scheduling TIPS classes for 2018. Please continue to check this page for updates! For questions & to register, call 205-967-0811.

South Carolina

South Carolina licensing classes include an orientation followed by 6 weeks of class.  If you are interested in becoming a licensed foster parent, please plan to attend an Orientation Meeting.  Your presence at this meeting is required prior to beginning the course and is a great way to decide if becoming a foster family is right for you!

CHARLESTON, SC

SPRING 2018 CLASS

Faith Assembly
Address: 337 Farmington Rd, Summerville, SC 29483
1st Orientation: March 19, from 6:00-8:30 pm
2nd Orientation: March 26, from 6:00-8:30 pm

Class will run for 6 weeks consecutively, from April 9-May 14, from 6:00-8:30 pm,
Both orientations and classes will be held in Building 5, Room 529

If you have any questions contact Becca at Becca.Holmes@LifelineChild.org 

Register Here

 

FALL 2018 CLASSES

Church of the Holy Cross
Address: 299 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, SC 29492
1st Orientation: August 9, from 6:00-8:30 pm, in classroom 3
2nd Orientation: August 16, from 6:00-8:30 pm, in classroom 3

Class will run for 6 weeks consecutively, from August 30 to October 11 from 6:00-8:30 pm, in classroom 3
Free childcare will be provided for orientations and all classes.

If you have any questions contact Becca at Becca.Holmes@LifelineChild.org 

**Registration for this class is coming soon**

East Cooper Baptist Church
Address: 361 Egypt Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
1st Orientation: September 24, from 6:00-8:30 pm, in classroom B214

Class will run from October 1 to November 5, from 6:00-8:30 pm, in the Annex
Free childcare will be provided for orientations and all classes.

If you have any questions contact Becca at Becca.Holmes@LifelineChild.org 

**Registration for this class is coming soon**

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Church Partners

Lifeline is excited to be partnering with churches who are providing opportunities to serve in foster care.

(A special thanks to the Video Production Team at Church of the Highlands for producing this video.)