Child Welfare Education Partnership
Granite State College has contracted with the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) to provide education and training to foster and adoptive parents, residential child care staff, non-licensed relative caregivers, and other eligible community members. DCYF staff members are encouraged to join caregivers as a matter of best practice.
The Child Welfare Education Partnership strives to enhance the quality of care for children in placement by providing competency based, accessible, and local training. Curricula is developed responsively, collaboratively, and in a manner designed to maximize adult learning. Whether classroom based, workbook based or online; courses are delivered in a supportive atmosphere that recognizes participants’ level of experience. The Child Welfare Education Partnership embraces a system of quality improvement and program evaluation that is both proactive and comprehensive.
Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials (FACES)
Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials (FACES) is offered to individuals interested in pursuing a license to provide foster/ adoptive care. It consists of a minimum of 21 hours of training that promotes a better understanding of working with children, families and the child welfare system. This training assists in preparing the applicant to be a skilled caregiver, birth parent role model and a professional team member. Courses are primarily instructed by foster and adoptive parents. The training consists of seven three- hour modules.
Caregiver Ongoing Education (COT)
The goal of Caregiver Ongoing Training(COT) is to enhance the quality of care for children living outside of their own homes and to provide the skills and mutual support necessary to address the daily issues that confront substitute caregivers. It is the mission of the Child Welfare Education Partnership to help children and strengthen families through well trained and supported caregivers. Courses are offered for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and are designed to meet the requirements for:
- Foster parent re-licensure
- Emergency Foster Care
- Specialized Care
- Staff development
Residential Counselor Core Training (RCCT)
Residential Counselor Core Training (RCCT) is offered to residential counselors in preparation for their work with children and youth in care in any eligible New Hampshire residential facility. The intent of the RCCT program is to ensure that participants receive peer support and high quality, transferable training that addresses the universal knowledge and skills applicable to the position of residential counselor in any facility throughout the State.
The 30-hour competency-based series consists of five modules – each six hours in length. The program provides generalized training that addresses the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to the position of residential counselor. Participants are introduced to the spectrum of out-of-home care options, the basic principles of child growth and development, abuse and neglect, and the need for cultural competence in working with children and families. Course content also focuses on the influence of trauma on youth while addressing the variety of roles and responsibilities residential care providers may assume as counselors.
A wide range of adult learning modalities are used to provide over 200 hours of pre service training to Child Protection, Juvenile Justice, Nurses, Parent Partners, and Legal staff employed by DCYF in partnership with coaching from an Instructor Coach and a trained DCYF mentor.
DCYF Advanced Training
On-going learning is offered to all DCYF staff to provide enhanced skill development, address DCYF quality improvement priorities, refresh key skills and knowledge of staff, and include needs assessment data from the field. On-going training is offered to be accessible, needs-based, outcomes-focused, and provided virtually or in local District Offices.
A supervisory pre-service training incorporating DCYF supervisory standards and best practices and in conjunction with DHHS supervisory expectations is provided to the field. This 6-day training was piloted and is now in the process of being updated and finalized this fiscal year for delivery to all new DCYF supervisors.
Through an intensive two-day workshop facilitated by one birth parent/foster parent and/or one staff/ally, Better Together with Foster and Birth Parents adheres to a guiding set of principles that includes honoring parent voices and promoting parent leadership; shared decision-making; acknowledging shared purposes and common values; engaging extended family members and other supporters within the community; understanding and then overcoming the disparity in power between parents, staff and allies; and providing parents with a forum in which they can express what they need.
An online curriculum designed to respond to the needs of relative caregivers. Relatively Speaking classes may be substituted for specific FACES modules. Substitution of courses for required licensing hours is determined by an individual’s DCYF resource worker. Relative caregivers need not be licensed or intend to be licensed to be eligible to take classes.
An annual conference planned and facilitated by young people who have in the past or currently are in the custody of DCYF. The conference is geared toward youth development and learning.
An annual conference for caregivers around the state to increase their skill levels in working with children and young people in the custody of DCYF, as well as make connections and build a supportive network with each other.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
OLLI at Granite State College is a “learning for the fun of it,” member-driven, volunteer-based, educational program for lifelong learners, age 50 and better. Members explore ideas and interests with their peers in traditional classrooms, on-line, and out in the community. Social events, travel, special interest groups (SIGS) and a wide array of volunteer opportunities enhance member benefits. Volunteers develop our non-credit programs in response to member interests. There are never any tests, grades, or prerequisites.
OLLI programs are offered via Zoom on Granite State College campuses and in accessible community locations. Courses are facilitated by volunteers who enjoy sharing their specific expertise with learners whose life experiences enrich an open exchange of ideas.
OLLI values include high standards of program excellence with an emphasis on educational and social enrichment, volunteerism, fiscal sustainability, a diverse membership, mutual respect and member safety.
OLLI at Granite State College is one of 124 OLLIs at colleges and universities nationwide, representing more than 170,339 members, serving 394 cities and towns.