Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training
Foster parents are mandatory reporters of child abuse. As mandatory reporters, foster parents are required to take Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training. At least two hours of Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training must be taken within one year of initial licensing and every five years thereafter.
Foster Parent Approved Mandatory Reporter Trainings:
Option 1: IFAPA Mandatory Reporter Class
Cost: Free to all foster, adoptive and kinship families
This is the state approved Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training, required for foster parents to complete within the first year of licensure, and then every five years there after. The Foster Allegation Information Resource (FAIR) program will also be discussed. This IFAPA program provides information and support to foster parents who have had an allegation of abuse made against them.
For all Non IFAPA Members the cost is $15: Those that are not foster, adoptive or kinship parents may register for an IFAPA Mandatory Reporter class. The cost is $15 per person, and is non-refundable due to participant cancellations. Please check with the organization you are needing certification for, to make sure our class will work for your requirements. Our class does NOT cover Dependent Adult Abuse. To register and pay for one of IFAPA's Mandatory Reporter classes, click here.
|IFAPA's Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Trainings|
|Sat., Jan. 17, 2015||9am-12:15pm||ANKENY|
|Sat., Feb. 7, 2015||1:30pm-4:45pm||DAVENPORT|
|Sat., Feb. 21, 2015||9am-12:15pm||SIOUX CITY|
|Sat., Mar. 21, 2015||9am-12:15pm||COUNCIL BLUFFS|
To sign up for one of these classes, call IFAPA at 800-277-8145 ext. 1 or complete our online registration form.
Option 2: Support Groups Trainings
Support groups may also offer the approved Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training class. Visit the Support Group Training page to see if a class is being offered by a local support group. Be sure to follow their instructions to register for their class.
Option 3: CE Solutions Online Course (NOT connected with IFAPA)
Cost: $23.95 per person
The Iowa Department of Public Health has approved one online Mandatory Reporter Training class for foster parents offered through CE Solutions. IFAPA promotes this online class as an additional resource for foster parents; however, the online course is not connected to IFAPA.(PLEASE NOTE: IFAPA will NOT be able to help resolve any issues with this online course since it is not connected to or operated by IFAPA. Please be sure to contact CE Solutions at 866-650-3400 if you have any questions or issues.)
Online Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Course (http://shop.discovercesolutions.com)
CE Solutions offers several Mandatory Reporter training courses, but only one is approved for foster parents to take. The only course that foster parents can receive credit for is the course titled Child Abuse for Iowa Mandatory Reporters. Foster parents will receive 2 hours of foster parent credit for this course. The State of Iowa requires this course be timed; therefore the course will take a minimum of two hours to complete and a test and survey must be completed to generate a certificate of completion. Cost: $23.95 per person
|Instructions for the CE Solutions online course|
|Step 1||Visit www.abusetrainingia.com|
|Step 2||Add the Child Abuse for Iowa Mandatory Reporters course to your cart.|
|Step 3||You will need to create a customer profile in the online store to complete your purchase. After the purchase you will receive an email with a link to our website and login information to complete your course. They will be different than what you set up in the store.|
|Step 4||Begin the Child Abuse for Iowa Mandatory Reporters course. After completing all elements of the course you will be able to print your certificate from the My Status area in your profile.|
If you have any issues, please contact CE Solutions at 866-650-3400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. IFAPA will NOT be able to help resolve any issues with this online course since it is not connected to or operated by IFAPA. Please be sure to contact CE Solutions with any questions or issues you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions:
If I cannot take the online Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training, where else can I find this class?
There is no centralized list of when or where this course is being offered around the state. Sometimes local community colleges, hospitals, DHS or Area Education Agencies offer this course. Just make sure the course being offered is an “approved curriculum” by the Iowa Department of Public Health. (see last question for more on).
If a class is titled Mandatory Child Abuse and Adult Dependent Abuse Reporter Training, does that count toward my training requirement?
Not necessarily. Foster parent licensure requires that you have 2 hours of CHILD related content, and some classes that offer a mix of child/adult dependent only offer 1 hour of child related content (and 1 hour of adult dependent content), and therefore, would NOT qualify to meet your foster parent training requirements. If the title says “Mandatory CHILD ABUSE Reporter Training,” and is at least 2 hours long, it will meet the requirements for your licensure. (note – the course must be an approved curriculum by the Iowa Department of Public Health. See last question for more details).
Can I take this course online to meet my licensure requirements?
Yes, you can take this course online and meet your licensure requirements, however, it must be an approved curriculum by the Iowa Department of Public Health, and offering 2 hours of credit specific to CHILD abuse reporting. (See last question for more info).
How do I know if a class is “an approved curriculum” by the Iowa Department of Public Health?
The provider of the training should know this, when you register for the training. You can also check for the list of approved curriculum on the website of the Iowa Department of Public Health. Please log onto their website at www.idph.state.ia.us. Once there, click on “A-Z services” and then click on “Abuse Education Review Panel.” As you scroll down on this page, there is a link for “Approved Curricula” and this link specifies whether a course is Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training, or Mandatory Child/Dependent Adult Abuse Training, or Mandatory Adult Dependent Abuse Training. And remember, the only training you can take toward licensure requirements is a training that is 2 hours of Child Abuse content.