New foster parent applications are on pause from Nov. 1, 2022 - Mar. 1, 2023.
This does not apply to kinship applications, license renewals, and those getting licensed through a child placing agency. 

Caregiver Training and Alliance CaRES

The Alliance and DCYF partner to provide all caregiver training and support for current foster parents and kinship caregivers.

Caregiver Training at the Alliance

All trainings are free and available to current and future foster parents and kinship caregivers. Visit the Rise with the Alliance website to create an account and register for classes.

Alliance Caregiver Retention, Education, and Support Program (CaRES)

The CaRES program supports all current foster parents and kinship caregivers by providing the following:

  • Support through the licensing process
  • Support at key points, such as when a foster parent welcomes their first placement or when a kinship caregiver steps forward to care for a relative or child of a family friend
  • Online and local support groups in different formats
  • Supportive and helpful resources
  • Peer mentors who are current or former foster parents and kinship caregivers