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National Resource Center for Youth Services: Resource Family Training & Support


The University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services considers the health and safety of our participants, community, and staff are of the utmost importance. With the everchanging conditions with COVID-19 it is difficult to schedule in-person training very far in advance. We will continue to utilize virtual training as a primary delivery method with limited in-person training when it can be offered safely. Please check our website regularly or join our mailing list for updates on our event schedules.

RFT Training Services

The Resource Family Training and Support team provides pre-service training and in-service training for Oklahoma DHS kinship, foster, and adoptive families.

Pre-Service Training

Potential kinship, foster, and adoptive families in Oklahoma are required to have 27 hours of pre-service training prior to approval as a resource home. This training is provided in a variety of formats to meet the needs of families utilizing the Guiding Principles for Oklahoma Resource Families curriculum. The training is provided statewide.


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In-Service Training

Oklahoma resource families are required to earn 12 credit hours of ongoing education each year, called in-service training. Each of the following resources offers a variety of courses developed by professionals with expertise in foster care, kinship, and adoption. Training hours must be pre-approved by your worker.

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Online In-Service Training

DHS has authorized 12 prepaid online in-service credits through Foster Parent College and Foster Care and Adoptive Community training sites. Each of these resources offers training courses developed by professionals with expertise in foster care, kinship, and adoption. 

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Foster Parent College

Foster Care and Adoptive Community

RFT Contract Trainers

The RFT program contracts with trainers statewide to present pre-service workshops for resource parents. 


Resources for current contract trainers

Contact us to apply as a trainer 

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