Foster Parent Training Classes

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!

 

 

This class is open to Shelby, Tuscaloosa, Blount, and St. Clair Counties.

Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church

Address:  4660 Caldwell Mill Rd, Birmingham, AL 35243
Orientation: August 13, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
First Class:  August 27, 2019, for 10 consecutive weeks ending on October 29th 

Contact Kimberly Williams with any questions at Kimberly.Williams@lifelinechild.org

* All Altadena Valley classes will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm each week.

There will NOT be childcare provided for this class.

To register for an Alabama training: Register here

Christ Fellowship Church

This class is open to Shelby, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, and St. Clair County families.
Registration is now Closed for this class. Please check this webpage for future classes.
First Class: June 25, 2019, and continues for 10 consecutive weeks.

 

Summit Crossing Community Church

This class is open to Madison County Families

Address: 7200 Governors W, Huntsville, AL 35806
Orientation: August 8, 2019, 6:00 pm
First Class: August 22, 2019

No Childcare

Class is 10 weeks straight except 9/26/19 and 10/31/19 for Lifeline and Church events.

Contact Laura Haymon with any questions at Laura.Haymon@lifelinechild.org

To register for an Alabama training: Register here

 

Shades Mountain Baptist Church

This class is open to Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, and St. Clair County families.

Address: 2017 Columbiana Road, Birmingham, AL 35216
Orientation: August 13, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Class: August 27, 2019, and continues for 10 consecutive weeks.

There will be childcare provided for this class by the church.

Contact Cara Loy with any questions at Cara.Loy@lifelinechild.org

* All Shades Mountain classes will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm each week.

 

To register for an Alabama training: Register here

NorthPark Baptist Church

This class is open to Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, and St. Clair County families.

Address: 5700 Deerfoot Pkwy, Trussville, AL 35173
Orientation: August 22, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Class: September 5, 2019, and continues for ten weeks except for 10/31/19.

There will be no childcare for this class.

Contact Grace Crabtree with any questions at grace.crabtree@lifelinechild.org

* All NorthPark classes will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm each week.

To register for an Alabama training: Register here

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!

Foster Care Orientation Webinar (online)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Join us for a foster care orientation webinar! This orientation is a requirement to attend a foster care training class.

Speakers: Kristen Robinson – SC Foster Care Social Worker; Cathy Leeke – SC State Director

Register Online

Faith Assembly Church

Address: 337 Farmington Road, Summerville SC 29486
Orientation: July 8th, 2019 6:00PM-7:30PM
Classes:  Classes begin July 22, 2019- August 26, 2019 @ 6:00PM-8:30PM

Contact Kristen Robinson with any questions at kristen.robinson@lifelinechild.org

Register Online

 

Foster Care Orientation Webinar (online)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Join us for a foster care orientation webinar! This orientation is a requirement to attend a foster care training class.

Speakers: Kristen Robinson – SC Foster Care Social Worker; Cathy Leeke – SC State Director

Register Online

East Cooper Baptist Church

Address:361 Egypt Road, Mount Pleasant SC 29464
Orientation: September 9, 2019 @ 6:00PM-7:30PM
Classes: Classes begin September 23, 2019- October 28, 2019 @ 6:00PM- 8:30PM

Contact Kristen Robinson with any questions at kristen.robinson@lifelinechild.org

Register Online

Foster Care Orientation Webinar (online)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Speakers: Kristen Robinson – SC Foster Care Social Worker; Cathy Leeke – SC State Director

Register Online

Foster Care Orientation Webinar (online)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Join us for a foster care orientation webinar! This orientation is a requirement to attend a foster care training class.

Speakers: Kristen Robinson – SC Foster Care Social Worker; Cathy Leeke – SC State Director

Register Online

 

To register for the South Carlina online webinars: Register Here

 

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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.)