Training & Resources for Adoptive Parents

These resources will be added ad hoc.  It’s not easy to find and get resources consistently. Also, when you find a resource, the organization might not update, post or send their information consistently.

After you’ve been going to classes for a while, generic parenting classes may have you rolling your eyes. You may need more advanced professional training than what is regularly available. Remember: You are likely to be considered an eligible Caregiver of an Extra/High/Special Needs child from the system so you are often “entitled” to these training. For the best trainings: Look for very specific topics like for complex trauma, post traumatic stress syndrome, and attachment disorders.

There is no clearing house for training that I could locate. You must keep asking and checking websites. Also these places don’t usually keep mailing lists or proactively send information to parents.  You have to just keep looking, calling, emailing and asking for information. Don’t stop.

Remember these listed here are mostly centered around or near Santa Clara County.

  1. A Better Way Alameda County
  2. Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) Website.
  3. California Adoption Conference (CAC)
  4. California Alliance of Children and Family Services (CACFS)
  5. California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
  6. California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC) for Child Welfare:
    1. National Registry for Evidence Based Programs
  7. California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) eLearning
  8. Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE)
  9. Center for Adolescent Studies (CAS)
    1. Mindfulness as an Intervention for Adolescents
    2. Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth 
    3. What is Bars Online? The Building Authentic Relationships (BARS) online (video-based) training
  10. Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS)
  11. Families Adopting In Response (FAIR)
  12. Hand in Hand Parenting
  13. Help One Child
  14. Kinship Adoptive Foster Parenting Association (KAFPA)  
  15. Kinship Center
  16. North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
  17. PACT, An adoption alliance
  18. Parents Helping Parents
  19. Podcasts: So many great FREE podcast resources
  20. Post Adoption Services For Education and Resources
  21. Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI)
  22. Santa Clara County Behavioral Health
    1.  Training Handouts
  23. Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice
  24. Tapestry Books
  25. Title IV-E Collaborative (West Valley College and Santa Clara County Social Services Agency partners with Uplift Family Services, Seneca, Bill Wilson Center, Unity Care Services and many other community based organizations)
    1. Also called West Valley College Foster Kinship Childhood Education
    2. Bill Wilson Center
    3. Rebecca’s Child Services
    4. Santa Clara County Social Services
    5. Uplift Family Services
    6. Unity Care Services

Hartnell/Monterey County



Agencies near Santa Clara County (Choose Eligible Participant)
Online Training:


To look into: