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Welcome to FCAC - Home to the #1 Online Training Program related to working with at risk children


FCAC Online Training offers 149 courses with new topics added continuously. Complete mandated training hours from the comfort of your home. Training online offers flexible hours.....train around your schedule. No need for baby sitters.

Courses are developed by professionals with extensive experience, and most hold a Masters or Ph.D.

Certificates are immediately generated with the passing of course test. Certificates may be emailed or downloaded directly to your computer and printed out. Certificates contain your name, course title, hours credited, and date.

Testimonials from Foster/Adoptive Families

  • "I love this site! The classes are wonderful and your customer service is incredible! " - Stacy
  • "I am a former DSHS employee who taught foster parents, wrote curriculum, and worked with foster/adopt/relative placement families. I find myself now wearing the shoes of an adoptive parent of 9 and still required to meet the training requirements for foster care. I have taken just about every class the planet can offer, and I STILL enjoy the quality, quantity, and profession information and presentation of your Online Training Program. You have saved my sanity on training. I find myself giggling with you, hoping with you, and learning with you. Thanksabunch!!" - MaryJo
  • "I just finished the course on Anger Management. My goal was to do the reading, take the test and be done with it. Well, surprise, surprise. I loved it!!! The lesson had so much more information in it than just about anger management. It touched on different ways we see the acting out of children (and adults) who are experiencing episodes of unresolved anger. I am a believer in your site and will be visiting often and telling all of my friends. Thanks." Jocelyn
  • "I am in the process of adopting a child born to a mother who was both drug and alcohol dependent. It was necessary for me to get 6 credits to maintain my foster/adoption parent status, but none of the programs offered in my area seemed to relate to my child. I found your site by accident, and not only did I find the credits, but very useful information to help me deal with this wonderful challenge I have been entrusted with. Although I have the credits I need, I will continue taking the training you offer, it is just what the Dr ordered." Marian
  • "I have read many books, literature and websites but never have I felt someone hit the nail on the head until now. This is exactly what it is like and every word is in layman's terms and easy to understand and easy to take a medical jargon and make it real and apply to ones life and child. I feel at times like she must be looking at us through a two way mirror because she has this down to a fine art. I wish i could have people in my life who understand what it is I go through and what it is she goes through and why she does what she does. Now I feel as if I do have that type of support. I couldn't do this without programs like this and people like all of you, that care enough to start a website like this." -- Sheralyn
  • "I will add that these trainings are not only of incredible value and taught by some wonderful and experienced professionals, but are very convenient to take. No farming out the children and using valuable respite hours to go do a training. No driving, parking, uncomfortable chair to sit in for hours, interruptions and hoping for a little something to come home with. I have printed out each training and saved it in a notebook for future reference. After having close to 80 babies and over 200 older foster children in my home, and with still much more to learn, I want to thank you so much for these excellent training's." -- Dr. Heidi McLain, foster Mom!
  • "I truly enjoy the courses and find them much more informative than other sites and many reference materials. Besides being written where they are easily understood, I have found them to be very comprehensive. I have shared articles with psychologists and therapists who also found them to be truly worthwhile and have recommended the site to other patients." -- Vickie
  • "Your training is the only approved training our families are allowed to get credit from. I appreciate your service!" -- Ruth
  • "I cannot thank you enough for this affordable convenient training. I've studied five courses so far and have learned more in the last week than in months of dealing with caseworkers and other DFS personnel. I needed a lifeline and have found a fine one with your service. I have all the credit hours required but I wont stop now! Thank you thank you thank you! " -- Susan
  • "The "Aspergers, Autism & Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders' course was outstanding. You get such a wealth of knowledge from your courses, we love them." -- Jackie
  • "This site is easy to follow, very convenient for a busy foster parent of 7 little ones; thanks for making my mandatory training hours so informative and enjoyable!" -- Keecia
  • "Your classes inform me more than my child's therapist about how to help him." -- Mariana

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In addition to serving foster parents, FCAC is now approved for Social Worker/MFT CEU credits by:

  • Alabama State Board of Social Work (#0076) (more info)
  • Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (Social Workers & MFT) (more info)
  • Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (Social Workers) (more info)
  • Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists (social workers - 10 hours) (more info)
  • Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (#159.001046) (social workers) (more info)
  • Indiana Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist, & Mental Health Counselor Board (social workers) (more info)
  • Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (20 hours of Category II -- 15 for LSWAs) (more info)
  • Michigan Bureau of Health Professions(social workers - 10 hrs) (more info)
  • Missouri Divison of Professional Registration, Committee for Social Workers (15 hours) (more info)
  • New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners (more info)
  • Oklahoma Board of Licensed Social Workers (CEP#20140187) (more info)
  • Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers (more info)
  • Rhode Island Dept. Of Health, Office of Professional Regulation (Social Workers) (more info)
  • Vermont Office of the Secretary of State, Lic.&Reg (SW- 5 hrs) (more info)
  • Virginia Board of Social Work (more info)
  • West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners (20 hours of Category II) (more info)
  • Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing Office of Education & Examinations (Social Workers) (more info)
  • For more info about using our training to fulfill social worker continuing education, please click on your state name:Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming

Testimonials from Social Workers & MFTs

  • "I have been blessed with your online training and literature; I am also a ABC Model Trainer, Social worker, Counselor, teacher for the gifted and formal University Instructor, and I am so pleased and feel rewarded! because, I am learning skills that no one previously mentioned to me...." - Yolanda, NY
  • "The best course I've taken. Easy to follow, well written." - Texas
  • "Over the past 4 days I've completed a total of 30 CEUs from various sites. The content of your courses was the best, and the price was the least! AMAZING!" - Virginia
  • "Content was really great as always and the price is awesome. Thanks again." - Texas
  • "Thanks VERY much for providing excellent, accessible training at a VERY reasonable price!" - Oregon
  • "Very informative in easy to understand terms. I can use this information to help those I manage better understand the children in which they work." Jada - Alabama
  • "Your courses are an excellent source of information and reasonably priced CEU's." - Oklahoma
  • "I am thrilled with your website. Your information was very thorough and I am looking forward to getting the maximum number of CEU hours from the comfort of my own home using your website." - West Virginia
  • "This was such a thorough online training course that I found it to be helpful for keeping up with my Master's level social work skills as well as professionals who have worked their way through the ranks."
  • "The course was great...but the price was unbeatable for ceu!!!" Alabama
  • "Thank you for a very inexpensive CEU that was just as complete and even more direct than the expensive ones. It helped me on a tight budget. Keep up the good work."
  • "This was one of the best trainings I have had recently and was very well-written. The author was not only very knowledgeable on the subject, but she brought in personal experiences and gave a lot of practical examples and suggestions of how to help children with this disorder. I will definitely continue to use your program for training for myself and for my foster parents I supervise."
  • "Beyond the excellent quality of the trainings, the customer service is exemplary. I called on two occasions and spoke with friendly and helpful individuals. It was refreshing. I would definitely use their continuing education again." - Maine
  • "Thank you for offering these courses, which are very relevant and interesting at a very reasonable price." - Alabama

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A Guide to Foster Parenting - EVERYTHING BUT THE KIDS! By Mary Ann Goodearle, MS

If you enjoy her courses you will love the book! "A Guide to Foster Parenting: Everything But The Kids!" is a journey you will travel alongside Mary as she writes about ways to make your vocation as a foster parent a long and rewarding experience.

"My primary goal and theme throughout the book is to help foster parents improve the climate in which they work and live. Children need loving and dedicated foster parents. My hope is that you will stick around and be there for them for a long time." Mary Goodearle

Mary is a foster parent trainer, consultant and author. Mary and her husband, Allen, fostered over 40 children, and are the parents of seven adopted children and two biological children. Mary is a former Child Protection Social Worker, Foster Care Coordinator, and State Adoption Social Worker. She taught classes in Foster Care and Adoption at a community college for nine years and trained in partnership with the University of Wisconsin providing workshops and seminars for both foster parents and social workers. Mary holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Psychology, and a Master's Degree in Human Services Management and Public Administration. 

Liz Randolph, MSN, Ph.D works as a family therapist with traumatized children and adolescents. Her training, research and experience with Attachment Disorder (AD), traumatized children is offered online and we highly recommend it. These courses are getting excellent reviews from those who have taken them.

Learn how to have more fun when parenting traumatized children.

Dr. Randolph has written several books - LizRandolph.com

Click here to order:

Parenting Traumatized Children Series 3.0 hours credit

Dr. Laws, is a parent by adoption and birth and previously a foster parent. Her 12 children range in age from 11 to 26 years old. Rita, who has a doctorate in psychology, is the co-author of several books about adoption: "Adoption and Financial Assistance," "Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child," "Adoption Digest: Stories of Joy, Loss and the Journey". She lives and writes and spoils her grandchildren in rural Oklahoma.
Dr. Laws has written and had published over 600 articles and is no stranger to the Foster Care & Adoptive Community website.

FCAC Welcomes Dr. Karyn Purvis & Dr. David Cross to Our Training Staff

"Creating A Healing Environment for Children” is a course which has grown out of many years of research by Karyn Purvis, Ph.D. and David Cross, Ph.D. Karyn and David are co-founders of the Adoption Project, which is an outreach program of the Developmental Research Lab at TCU, directed by David. The Adoption Project consists of research and intervention; student, parent, and professional training; as well as advocacy in the greater child-welfare community. The Hope Connection is the centerpiece of the Adoption Project and consists of a five-week summer day camp for at-risk adopted children and their parents. The camp program is unique in that it is a research-based intervention and has gathered dynamic data for six years, which have been used to empower adoptive parents and their children. David was a foster child himself, and Karyn served as foster parent to many children in addition to having two adopted grandchildren of her own. In addition to working in the Adoption Project and Hope Connection, David and Karyn work actively in child advocacy and speak frequently at parent and professional meetings.

Click here to order: Creating A Healing Environment for Children 3.0 hours credit


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