Foster Parent Resources

Helpful Foster Care Resources For You.

Wellspring Lutheran Services is one of many foster care agencies in Michigan. Over the years, we have answered hundreds of questions, and worked with thousands of families to guide them through becoming foster parents. These resources are for you. In addition to these resources, you can also contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help you. 

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Foster Parent FAQs
Adoption Information and Support

Childhood Wellness: Health, Development & Safety
Effective Parenting Skills, Strategies & Techniques
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Information
Online Training Resources for Foster Parents
What's Happening in Foster Care: Policy & Procedure Information


Adoption Information and Support

  • provides articles about transitioning (when a child goes home, becomes adopted, etc.), foster parent concerns, foster child concerns, money considerations and support.
  • A4everFamily is made up of a widely diverse group of adoptive parents and provides information about child/parent attachment, and offers tips on parenting after adoption.
  • Adoption Learning Partners: Adoption Learning Partners offers an array of interactive, e-learning courses that are designed to increase each person's understanding of the joys and challenges of adoption. 

Childhood Wellness: Health, Development & Safety

  • FirstAidWeb: FirstAidWeb offers self-guided CPR and First Aid courses for individuals who need to learn the fundamentals of Basic Life Support.
  • How Kids Develop How Kids Develop provides information regarding child development in children ages 0-5 years, helpful tips for enhancing your child's development and information on how to support the development of children involved with the foster care system.
  • Kids Health: KidsHealth is part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media and provides families with perspective, advice and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.
  • Safe Kids: Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States.
  • Tomorrow's Child of Michigan: Tomorrow's Child engages families, health professionals and caregivers to keep babies healthy and safe through its "infant safe sleep" initiative.

Effective Parenting Skills, Strategies & Techniques

  • Family Development Resources: The Nurturing Parenting Programs are a family-centered trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices.
  • Family Education: FamilyEducation brings together leading organizations from both the public and private sectors to help parents, teachers, schools, and community organizations use online tools and other media resources to positively affect children's education and overall development.
  • The Center for Effective Parenting: Through training, service and research, the Center for Effective Parenting helps parents and those who work with parents enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding parenting.
  • The Rehab Center: Learn ways to talk to your child about substance abuse.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Information

  • Bright Tomorrow: This is a support site for people who are caring for or working with children who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyper Activity Disorder: CHADD provides education and training, advocacy and support for people facing ADD and ADHD.
  • Child Trauma Academy: The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere through finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers.
  • Child Trauma Academy: CTA is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. We recognize the crucial importance of childhood experience in shaping the health of the individual, and ultimately, society.
  • The HelpingGuide provides access to unbiased, reliable information related to mental and emotional health websites.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
  • National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: NOFAS educates the public, practitioners and policymakers about the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy and FASD ,the leading known preventable cause of brain damage, developmental disabilities, and birth defects, and a leading known cause of learning disabilities and behavioral problems in children, adolescents and adults.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.
  • The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children: Our mission is to bring out the best in every traumatized child by training professionals to create environments where children can flourish.

Online Training Resources for Foster Parents

  • Foster Care & Adoptive Community: Foster Care & Adoptive Community provides online information and training to foster and adoptive families, social workers and others involved in the care of children.
  • Foster Parent College: Foster Parent College provides innovative, research-based, interactive online courses for foster, adoptive and kinship parents.
  • Foster Parent Training: is a membership-supported service provides comprehensive, ongoing training online for new and licensed foster parents. 

What's Happening in Foster Care: Policy & Procedure Information

  • This website is a clearinghouse for information related to child welfare supports by country.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway: Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. The site features topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption.
  • Child Welfare League of America: CWLA is a coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies focused on advancing policies, best practices and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and families.
  • Foster Club: FosterClub provides important resources to the supportive adults who care for foster children, including foster parents, caseworkers and mentors.
  • Washington State Department of Social and Human Services: The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services has a variety of training topics for parents who are involved in caring for children