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Proposed Bill Requires Training For Arizona Foster Parents

More training could be required for foster parents in Arizona and foster care trainers if a new bill moves forward in the Legislature.

House Bill 2476 requires more intensive trauma education. The bill, requires three hours of trauma-care training for every foster parent and employee of a child-welfare agency who has contact with a child placed by the agency.

Also included in the bill are education requirements for foster care trainers. Training would need to be given by someone with a master’s in a behavioral health discipline and training in infant mental health.

The bill is scheduled to be read in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday.

Heather van Blokland was a host at KJZZ from 2016 to 2021.