Licensed Foster Parents

Fostering Fridays

 Join a CaRES team member and your fellow caregivers for an informal discussion of foster care-related topics. There will be weekly themes and exercises, but no formal content or training hours. You do not need to register, only drop-in any Friday you like!
We hope to see you Fridays 12:00—1:00 pm at Click here to join the Zoom session.  

Resource Library

CaRES Recommendation for Continuing Education

Licensed caregivers are required to complete continuing education per licensing standards. Use this menu of our Top Training picks to find a training that is right for you!

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Sign up to receive monthly schedules and highlights of upcoming trainings you might be interested in!

Foster Parenting and Kinship Care Newsletter

News, information and updates from The Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

The FIRST Program

Investigations can be stressful times. The FIRST Program is here to help! Get Support through an allegation. Call 866-393-6186 toll-free.

After a Challenging Placement

Challenging placements or transitions are often a part of the fostering journey. This resource gives a few things you can do to prepare for what comes next.

Foster Parent and Kinship Caregiver FAQs

More helpful information on being a foster parent.

Commonly Used Acronyms

A guide to help you understand commonly used acronyms in Children’s Services.

The Child Welfare Team

A guide to the different roles of people associated with a child welfare case.

Caregiver Continuing Education Courses

Search the Alliance Course Catalog for continuing education courses needed to comply with licensing standards.

Guide to Free and Discounts for Foster & Kinship Caregivers

Your best resource for community programs is your local CaRES Mentor. The Alliance CaRES program does not support or endorse any of the listed items; they are compiled for your convenience.

Wellness Resource Wednesday ADHD

Dive into health topics with local experts to best support children in care. In partnership with UW Harborview and Coordinated Care, these sessions will offer opportunities to learn directly from expert doctors and connect with caregivers sharing your experiences. Training credit is not offered for viewing the recording.

Foster Care Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence are recognized as multidisciplinary medical centers where youth in the child welfare system can receive coordinated healthcare services. Children and youth in foster care and adoption support can see high quality, trauma-informed primary care providers. These providers understand the needs of child welfare involved families.

Within the First 30 Days of Placement

This hand out provides lots of information on how to make the 30 days after placement a smooth transition.

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