Pre-service Training

"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."       -Nelson Mandela

As a prospective foster family, you are required to attend 30 hours of Pre-Service Training provided by the Collaborative Foster Care Program.

The Collaborative Foster Care Program will provide you with 30 hours of required CORE Training prior to certification. Training series are 5 weeks long, two nights per week (Tuesday and Thursday), from 6 to 9 p.m. We have training series scheduled throughout the year.

Our training will strengthen your ability to care for youth who have experienced significant trauma. The better prepared you are to handle challenging behaviors, mental health, or special needs, the more stability you will be able to provide for youth in foster care. Training topics include trauma, cultural needs, impacts of abuse, child development, attachment, grief and loss, discipline techniques, reunification, preparing for placement, and the importance of a support team.

Pre-Service Training Dates for 2019

  • Series 1: January 8 to February 7 in Aurora
  • Series 2: February 12 to March 14 in Golden
  • Series 3: March 19 to April 18 in Highlands Ranch
  • Series 4: April 23 to May 23 in Littleton
  • Series 5: May 28 to June 27 in Golden
  • Series 6: July 9 to August 8 in Highlands Ranch
  • Series 7: August 13 to September 12 in Aurora
  • Series 8: September 17 to October 17 in Golden
  • Series 9: October 22 to November 21 in Highlands Ranch

Note: Dinner is provided for pre-service training. Child care is not provided; please make arrangements if necessary. We schedule CPR/First Aid training through Front Range CPR as a convenience to those in our pre-service training series. The class is held at 6pm on the Tuesday following the training series. This particular class is optional, although being CPR and First Aid Certified is a mandatory requirement to becoming a certified foster family. You are required to pay a small fee (approx. $60) for this class and it is paid directly to Front Range CPR.  


Attendance at Information Night and a completed pre-application packet and meeting are required before you may register to attend training.