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September 2005Vol. 6, No. 7Training on Legal Issues for Foster Parents

The National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP) offers a curriculum on the legal issues faced by foster parents. The four-module training curriculum was developed by R. Deihl, J.D., C. Fiermonte, J.D., and by D. Kocer and K. Jorgenson of the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA). Each module includes an instructor's guide with handouts and a PowerPoint presentation. The topics covered include:

  • Permanency, foster parents, and the law
  • Dependency court and removal of children
  • Court participation by foster parents
  • Allegations of maltreatment

The curriculum is available online from the NRCFCPPP website at

The curriculum is based on the Legal Resource Manual for Foster Parents developed for the NFPA by Deihl and Fiermonte. The manual for foster parents is available at