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Want to become a foster parent in Arizona? Now it’s easier to do so

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PHOENIX — It’s now easier to get your foster-parent license in Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety now offers a streamlined pre-training program called “Foster Parent College.”

Under the new program, potential foster parents can complete the majority of the training via 11 online courses.

“Foster parents play an integral role in healing children who have experienced trauma,” DCS Director Greg McKay told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “We want to provide them with the tools to be successful, but we do not want the training to cause excessive disruptions to their lives.

“Our new training program accomplishes both of these goals.”

There are “Foster Parent College” apps so the program can be completed on tablets and smartphones. Licensing agencies can still offer a program where all of the classes are in-person for people uncomfortable with online courses.

Since the program began earlier this year, 3,580 people have enrolled in the program.

To get started with an orientation, visit dcs.az.gov.

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