We love equipping the Body of Christ to care for vulnerable families, whether it is preparing a new wave of foster parents to welcome a child into their home or training our incredible volunteers.
We are proud to offer state certified training for foster and respite care providers. We also offer a variety of classes for adoptive parents in every stage of the process, from discovering your options to monthly support groups.
Use the dropdowns to view our events and trainings by ministry or region.
*For a master list of all trainings and events please click here.
OCA Offers a few trainings beyond our core Foster and Adoptive trainings. We desire to partner with churches and organizations wishing to be better equipped in ministering to people with foster and adoptive experiences. If you’d like to learn more or explore hosting a training please contact Stacia Washausen.
Full TBRI Course:
This multiple day course is comprised of four 6-hour sessions and is designed for parents of adoptive and foster children. Those trained in TBRI can help children heal from past traumas and develop positive relationships and behaviors. Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI uses Empowering Principles to address physical and environmental needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs and engagement, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors.
This class is 6 hours in length and is designed for secondary caregivers to include childcare workers, children’s ministry workers, teachers and others. We discuss trauma and its effects on the brain, body and biology. In addition, tips and techniques to assist with difficult behaviors are covered.
This class is 2 hours in length and is designed for anyone interested in learning more about trauma. This would include ministry leaders, mentors, principals and others.
LIFE IN LIMBO
What’s it like to live in foster care? How does it feel when your child is taken from you? How do foster parents cope? Explore these and other questions as a participant of Life in Limbo. As a participant, you choose to be a child in care, a foster parent, or a birth parent. Emotions run high as the children feel anxiety, anger, and hope. Foster parents do all they can to provide a stable environment. Birth parents get real – how badly do they want their child back, and are they able to “get clean” and meet their treatment plan. Discussion is robust and follow-up is provided for those who want to do more.