Free Foster and Kinship Parent Training

embrella’s foster and kinship parent training is available to all licensed foster and kinship parents through our contract with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

Primary Foster and Kinship Parents must complete 21 in-service training hours and Secondary Parents must complete 15 in-service training hours for your license renewal inspection every 3 years. To stay on track, we recommend all parents complete hours annually. Primary Foster and Kinship Parents should complete 7 in-service training hours and Secondary Parents should complete 5 in-service training hours annually. This is to ensure all hours will be met at the time of your renewal inspection.


Bridging time and distance, you will be able to take courses online at a time that is convenient for you. At this time, this service is ONLY available to licensed foster and kinship parents in NJ. Click here to see embrella’s E-Learning courses. Haga clic aquí para nuestros cursos de Aprender Online en español.

Home Correspondence Courses

These educational booklets address issues you may encounter as a foster parent. Completion of these courses will give you in-service training hours which can be used towards maintaining your home license. Si prefiere tomar cursos en español, por favor, contáctenos por correo electrónico a con su nombre y número de teléfono.


In these highly interactive classes, you’ll share and learn from a wide diversity of foster and kinship parents from across the state of NJ. Webinars are conducted in real time by a live instructor. When you take a webinar, your in-service training hours will be added to your transcript within 48 hours of completion. Check out our webinar schedule.

Support Groups, Meetings, and Presentations

Our local Connecting Families Community-Based meetings regularly offer in service training hours for New Jersey foster parents and kinship parents through presentations by experts in various fields. Find embrella’s Foster and Kinship Parent Support Group in your county or contact your area Family Support Advocate for more information.

Our Course Catalog

Catálogo de Cursos

Request Your Transcript

DCF Transcript Request


Founded in 1972 and incorporated in 1974, embrella, formerly Foster and Adoptive Family Services, serves foster, adoptive and kinship parents in communities throughout NJ. We provide services, support and training opportunities for foster, adoptive and kinship families. We help foster children by offering programs to support them from childhood to young adulthood.