FosterParentCollege.com® (FPC) provides innovative, research-based, interactive online courses for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents. Our self-paced training is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From the comfort of home, parents can enroll, complete a course, and receive a certificate of completion in a single session. The content is developed by nationally recognized experts in the fields of parenting, social work, pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, and education. FPC courses are valued by foster care agencies and praised by caregivers.
We strive to give foster, adoptive, and kinship parents the knowledge and tools they need to raise children who will thrive in today's world.
FosterParentCollege.com® launched in 2004. It is an operating division of Northwest Media, Inc. of Eugene, OR, a publisher of training materials for social services agencies. All courses for FPC are conceived and developed in-house by the Northwest Media team of researchers, educators, writers, artists, animators, and programmers, in collaboration with outside experts and consultants.Northwest Media
also produces Vstreet.com
, an online resource for teaching independent living skills to youth, and SocialLearning.com
, a clearinghouse for books, DVDs, and games for social service professionals and caregivers.
Northwest Media, Inc. has been the recipient of many Small Business Innovation Research grants from the National Institutes of Health. With funding from these grants, it has developed and evaluated innovative approaches to social welfare challenges.
- FPC's online training is accepted by hundreds of public and private, faith-based and secular agencies in nearly all 50 states and in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
- The only online resource parent training program to be rated by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). learn more »
- Endorsed by the National Foster Parent Association, the Family Focused Treatment Association, and the Canadian Foster Family Association. learn more »
- Approved by CASA and the National Adoption Center. learn more »
I'm thinking of becoming a foster parent, how do I go about it?
Who is on the faculty?
Our courses are developed and taught by nationally recognized experts in child health, psychology, and development, with the input of educators and social science researchers. To visit our faculty page, click here
In the workshops, are the panelists real foster parents?
No, to protect the privacy of foster parents we hire actors. Client confidentiality requires we create fictional scenarios to discuss, but scenarios are amalgams of real cases and situations our faculty face in their practices.
How often are new courses offered?
We produce several new courses each year.
How do you decide what courses to develop?
We research and address the challenges which are of greatest concern to caregivers and agencies.
How is FPC different from other online training sites?
FPC’s research-based courses are interactive and incorporate both visual and written components to enhance learning and retention. Parents can study at their convenience and work at their own pace to complete a course; however, while viewing a course for the first time, they cannot advance without actually viewing the course and completing the embedded interactive exercises. Our online management system allows caseworkers the option to assign courses and monitor their clients’ progress. We strive to ensure that real learning happens.
What is the structure of FPC courses?
FPC courses are built using audio, visual, and interactive elements to engage parents and ensure that real learning happens. Users cannot jump ahead in a course – they must view it to get credit for completing it. Each course includes a printable viewer guide and most include printable handouts and interactive exercises. At the end of each course (except Advanced Parenting Workshops) there is a review questionnaire that uses a pass-only approach and provides feedback. Once the course is complete, a printable Certificate of Completion is provided.
Whose idea was FPC?
FosterParentCollege.com® is the brainchild of Lee White, president and co- founder of Northwest Media, Inc., Dr. Richard Delaney, and Dr. Caesar Pacifici.
For more information about Mr. White, click here
For more information about Dr. Delaney, click here
For more information about Dr. Pacifici, click here