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Foster Parent In-Service Trainings

NFAPA In-Service Trainings-2024:

Mark you calendars!  We have set-up several in-service trainings, both virtual and in-person.

June 29, 2024       VIRTUAL
The Impact of Brain Injury on System-Involved Youth
by Peggy Reisher, ED of the Brain Injury Alliance of NE

A lifetime history of brain injury can result in impairments in physical, emotional, and/or
cognitive functioning. This session will discuss the impact of brain injury on system-involved youth.

The presenter will provide an overview of brain injury signs and symptoms, the prevalence of brain injury in high-risk populations, and simple tools and strategies to help minimize the effects of brain injury once it is identified through a screening process.


July 20, 2024       VIRTUAL
Child Abuse Hotline and Reporting Abuse & Neglect
by Susan Ward, Hotline Deputy Administrator

This training will be a great opportunity to learn the basics of reporting concerns for abuse and neglect.  There will be a discussion on reporting abuse and neglect to the Hotline and a chance to ask questions and become familiar with what is reportable and what happens after a report is filed.  


August 10, 2024     VIRTUAL
Strategies for Advocating for Children’s Needs and Recognition and Intervention for Bullying
by Cami Bergman, PTI School-Age Information Specialist

During this training, you will learn about strategies for effective communication and collaboration with schools and biological parents of children, how to navigate conflict, and the responsibilities of a surrogate parent. You will also learn how to recognize bullying behavior as well as interventions and response strategies.


SPAULDING In-Service Training Opportunities

Spaulding/In-service Training:   Virtual
June 7, 2024   6pm-9:30pm &
June 8, 2024   8am-5:30pm


September 13, 2024   6pm-9:30pm &
September 14, 2024   8am-5:30pm


The Spaulding program is offered to prospective adoptive families and you will earn 12 CEU’s by completing the training.  Spaulding training offers families the tools and information that they need to:

Explain how adoptive families are different
Importance of separation, loss, and grief in adoption
Understand attachment and its importance in adoption
Anticipate challenges and be able to identify strategies for managing challenges as an adoptive family
Explore the lifelong commitment to a child that adoption bring


When registering, please know this virtual 12-hour training is conducted over two days. 

Friday Evening
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  

Exploring Expectations—Defining adoption, the process, and the key players.  Participant’s hopes and fears about the adoption process are recognized and empowerment strategies are identified to assist them in the process.  Participant’s explore their fantasies about children they might adopt to become aware of the possible influence on their decision about adoption. 

Meeting the Needs of Waiting ChildrenAssist prospective adoptive parents in focusing on the needs of children awaiting adoption.  Explore the issues of separation, loss, grief and attachment. Plus the unique issues related to parenting a child who has been sexually abused.

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  (Lunch on your own)

Exploring Adoption Issues—Identify supports within their family and introduce them to common issues that all adoptive families face.  Help develop strategies for dealing with these issues; explore crisis periods in adoption; explore their own strengths, needs and challenges as they consider adoption.

Making the CommitmentAssist prospective adoptive parents in considering resources they may need, what they need to know, what they need to do, and what they need to explore about themselves as they consider adopting a particular child or children.

Register online at:

The Nebraska Children's Home Society offers training.  Check out their website for future training events.


NFPA Training Institute

The Nebraska Foster & Adoptive Parent Association is excited to announce a partnership with the National Foster Parent Association's Training Institute to bring you FREE training opportunities.  Combining the child welfare expertise of the NFPA and Centene allows the NFPAti to disseminate training to caregivers more broadly, which will further support and empower caregivers in providing the best possible care to children and youth.  


C.A.S.E. offers educational webinar options for families and professionals:

  • Live Stream: The first 600 registrations are FREE each month thanks to Jockey Being Family and Jockey International. Extended access is included. Certificates of Attendance and CEUs are available.
  • In-Demand: They have 20+ in-demand webinars available when it's most convenient for you! Topics include emotional regulation, trauma, loss & grief, transracial families and more.  Note:  They only process CEs for the live-stream webinar series.  

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