Resource Family Approval Unit

Caregivers must receive a minimum of 12 hours of Pre-Approval Training (not including CPR/First Aid) to successfully complete the Resource Family Approval (RFA) Process. Once approved, caregivers must receive a minimum of 8 hours of Post-Approval Training (also known as annual training) and maintain their CPR / First Aid certification. Training topics shall include, for example:

  • Birth Parent Relationships
  • Child / Adolescent Development
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Cultural Competency
  • Education Advocacy
  • Health Issues of Foster/Probation Youth and NMDs
  • Independent Living
  • Overview of Foster Care and Probation Systems
  • Permanency
  • Personal Rights of Foster / Probation Youth
  • Positive Discipline
  • Psychotropic Medication
  • Role of Resource Family
  • Trauma Informed Care and Attachment Resource Family Orientation

Training Schedule and Log

2021 Training Calendar-Winter and Spring (PDF)

Revised July Training Calendar (PDF)

2020 Training Calendar - Winter and Spring (PDF)

2020 Training Support Flyer (PDF)

Annual Training Log for Resource Families (PDF)

Zoom Trainings will continue until further notice.
All classes are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at:
Napa County Health and Human Services
2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive
Building B
Napa, CA 94559

Dinner is provided. All interested applicants must attend the Foster / Resource Parent Orientation prior to starting training. Please call 707-253-4765 to RSVP.

Training Topics

Three Hour Modules:

  • Orientation & Child Welfare Overview
  • Understanding Your Role
  • Developmental Needs
  • Loss and Transitions
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Positive Parenting & Graduation
  • ABCs of Baby (as needed for care of 0-1 y/o)

Resource Family Approval Licensing Unit

  • Maria G. Fernandez, SW III 707-253-4761
  • Diana Rosales, SW III 707-253-4894
  • Supervisor: Nancy Lefler-Panela 707-299-2135