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October 2004Vol. 5, No. 8Foster Parent College

The Foster Parent College series offers interactive, multimedia training courses online and on DVD for adoptive, kinship, and foster parents.

In each course, Dr. Rick Delaney, a well-known psychologist and foster parenting expert, talks with parents about specific challenges many foster and adoptive parents face. Dramatizations of fictionalized cases are used to illustrate each point. Each course helps the viewer:

  • Develop an understanding of the problem
  • Recognize early warning signs
  • Gain insights
  • Discover possible steps to take in solving these problems

Courses available now include:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Lying
  • Sexualized Behavior
  • Anger Outbursts
  • Fire-Setting
  • Sleep Problems
  • Soiling and Wetting

Titles coming soon include stealing, running away, self-harm, and reactive attachment disorder.

Each course is approximately 30 to 45 minutes long, but the interactive format allows parents to proceed at their own pace and review chapters at any time. Each course concludes with an interactive question and answer section. Parents then have an opportunity to earn 2 hours of foster parent training credit.

All courses are available on DVD for $15 for parent use, or online for $8 per course per person. Online accounts allow registered users to keep track of their progress in each course they have purchased and access discussion boards about the courses they have completed. Groups may purchase courses on DVDs or in bulk for online access.

Foster Parent College is produced by Northwest Media, Inc., through a grant from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Visit to watch free previews of each course, or call (800) 777-6636 for more information.