The third component of NTDC is right-time training. This component provides on–going learning and skill development for participants by providing additional themes that are not covered in the classroom-based training. These trainings can help to prepare families for experiences they may face when a child is placed in their home, or they can support families after placement when they are dealing with the day-to-day challenges. Right-time training is designed to allow parents to guide their own continued learning and to obtain parenting information at the time it is needed. Resources such as videos and written materials will be easily available to parents through a Web-based platform, enabling parents to continue building their skills over time and access age-specific information as their children transition through different developmental stages.
Each right-time theme is approximately 1 hour and contains the following elements:
- Key points of the video
- Discussion guide
- Questions and answers
- My story podcast
- Resources on the topic
These trainings can be viewed by the parents on their own, used as discussion pieces in support groups, or as an engagement tool for caseworkers during a home visit. There are 15 themes covered in right-time training. Click here to see the list of themes.
These courses were very helpful and educational! Overall I loved the videos and my story podcasts. Being able to hear from parents or kids who have lived through certain experiences and what helped or didn’t was so very helpful and encouraging.
I have to tell you, that was one of the most helpful and insightful trainings I have ever seen – simply amazing.
These trainings are so vital! I especially appreciate the consideration of former foster youth and hearing their voices.
I loved hearing straight from the family living through these experiences and sharing their story.