Courses are available to foster and eligible adoptive parents, DCYF staff, residential childcare staff, designated private providers and non-licensed relative caregivers. Instructors have been selected based on experience and expertise in their field and are able to respond to learners’ individual needs.

Relatively Speaking

Relatively Speaking is offered to relative caregivers of children in care. The eligible relative caregiver is, or will be, taking care of, on a temporary or permanent basis, a child under the age of 18 who is related by blood, marriage, or adoption. The classes are designed to further the understanding of the relative caregiver’s role in the child’s life. The training also seeks to enhance skills to strengthen and manage relationships with all involved. Relative caregivers learn about the impact and effect of this relationship on the child, the birth parent(s), and the relative’s family. The training consists of three, one-week distance learning classes: About You, About the Child, and About the Birth Parent. Each training module is three hours in length. These classes are completed with the instructor’s guidance in an e-workbook format.

What you will need:

  • Three hours to complete each module
  • Writing instruments to complete the activities and charts and access to a computer to:
    • Open the workbook, which is delivered by email as a pdf document
    • Link to websites
    • Join an email discussion
    • Print out worksheets
    • Email the worksheet at the end of the class to the instructor.

Our other programs

Residential Counselor Core Training (RCCT)
Caregiver Ongoing Training

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