This class fulfills the current 9-hour requirement for relative and kinship providers to become a licensed relative provider.  You must attend all 9 hours to receive credit.  This training is an adaptation of the Foster STARS/Adopt STARS resource training curriculum published by the Child Welfare League of America.  The guide is used as pre-service training for caretakers who already have a meaningful relationship with the child to be placed.  The relationship can be a connection by family or by association (a teacher, neighbor, etc.).  If you are interested in taking this course, you need to have your licensing worker register you.


Director of Training

Joe Yearns

Joe Yearns is the Director of Training at FosterAdopt Connect. Joe spent ten years in the finance industry, building training and quality assurance measures for corporations, he and his husband, Clayton, fostered and eventually adopted four children. Clayton and Joe were one of the first same-sex couples in Jackson County, Missouri, to have a single adoption from foster care. In addition to raising their youngest boys, Joe is actively involved in foster care advocacy and working with their local school district to ensure the voices of children impacted by foster care are being heard. Currently, Joe and his family reside in Raymore, MO, where they actively contribute to the development of their community.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Caregiver

  2. 2
    • Learning Guide for the Caregiver who Knows the Child

    • Power Point

  3. 3
    • Survey