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.

Step 1:
Contact the DCYF Foster Care Unit OR Child Placing Agency:

Ascentria Care Alliance Waypoint NH
Easter Seals Society of NH
Independent Services Network (ISN)
Lakes Region Community Services
NFI North
Northern Human Services
Spaulding Youth Services

Step 2:
Sign-up for FACES classes by clicking here.


How can I become a foster parent?

Foster & Adoptive Care Essentials (FACES) is offered to those interested in providing foster/adoptive/relative care. It consists of 21 hours of classroom training, comprised of seven three-hour classes.

FACES training is required for licensing to become:

  • A general level foster or foster to adopt home or
  • An Individual Service Option (ISO) level home for a Child Placing Agency.

An ISO level care home provides an intensive level of child supervision and is part of the treatment team. At least one foster parent must always be available to the child at all times. Additional training is required to meet the standards of an ISO Level home prior to having a placement made in your home.

FACES training assists in preparing one to be a skilled caregiver and professional team member. FACES classes promote a better understanding of the foster care system and working with children and their families. Modules are primarily instructed by foster and adoptive parents.

Our other programs

Caregiver Ongoing Training
Relatively Speaking
Residential Counselor Core Training (RCCT)

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