Adoption and Foster Care Certificate Program

Competent clinical services for families and children require sophisticated, advanced level skills and knowledge. A certificate program, with CEU’s, is now available, providing advanced clinical training for working with families and children whose lives are touched by complex issues in foster care and adoption.

To earn an Adoption and Foster Care Certificate, a participant takes six core and three elective full-day workshops in any order and over any time period, as certificate program workshops are offered every year. People are welcome to take any workshop in the certificate program, including those who do not want to earn a certificate, and those who are not mental health professionals.

The certificate program is a collaborative effort of the RIC School of Social Work, DCYF Child Welfare Training Institute, and Adoption Rhode Island; the goal is to educate the human service community so foster and adoptive families and birth families have the access to skilled, informed clinical care.

Full-day workshops generally cost $90. For more information, contact Betsy Singer Cable, at (401) 456-4625 or You may also register for any workshop through

Fall 2009 Adoption and Foster Care Certificate workshops:

September 25
An Overview of Trans-racial Adoption

October 16
Clinical and Medical Implications of International Adoptions

November 6
Meeting the Needs and Addressing Service Gaps for LGBTQQ Youth and Families in Adoption and Foster Care

November 20
Ethical Issues in Adoption (Admission Free)