How it Works
Once you've begun working with an agency and have had your initial home visit, you will be referred by your worker to attend GROW training.
GROW stands for:
Grow culturally responsive relationships
Recognize children’s developmental needs and the impact of trauma
Obtain information and resources
Work in partnership with families to support healthy relationships
While attending training, you will be able to enjoy the company of and build relationships with other individuals and families pursuing licensure with various agencies in your area. The focused foster, adoptive, and kinship/relative panels will also create further opportunity for asking questions directly related to your licensure track and to deepen those relationships you built during training to ensure a solid support system as you begin or continue welcoming youth into your home.
Training is held over the course of about 20-25 total hours and consists of a combination of lectures and group discussions on topics such as attachment and relationships, diversity, and the developmental needs of children in foster care. You will also receive a more in depth overview of the licensure process as well as relevant policies and procedures.
Training is also a great opportunity for learning about local resources and getting connected to them!