Local foster parents help each other with training, mentoring and support. They get together to discuss concerns and feedback about caring for their foster children.
Monthly trainings help foster parents continue to develop their skills in caring for foster children and youth.
Attendance at foster parent trainings and support groups go toward meeting the annual eight hours of training required by the state.
Members of the local nonprofit, the Redwood Empire Foster Parent Association (REFPA) provide mentoring and support for members and advocates in support of foster parents and the children in their care. Foster parents who join are eligible for additional respite care funds.