Orientation & Training

One of the most important parts of becoming a Wellspring foster parent is to participate in orientation and training. It’s in these moments that you will learn the ins and outs of what it means to foster a child.


Your foster parent team will help you schedule your orientation, so please contact your regional foster care office to reserve your spot. Based on years of working with families, we have identified an orientation schedule that seems to work well in each region. It’s important to note that in all regions, one-on-one orientations are available

For orientation dates that fall on a holiday, the orientation will occur the following week.


If you’re a prospective foster parent, you’ll hear the phrase “GROW Training.” GROW Training is a specialized competency-based program administered in partnership with the State of Michigan. It provides training to prepare you for becoming a foster parent, explains the responsibilities of foster parents and provides greater detail about the foster care system. The training ranges between 20-25 hours of content. Complete training is a requirement prior to licensure.

Foster parents in all counties except Kent County receive GROW Training, conducted by a trainer who is approved by the State of Michigan. To view the training dates in your area, please visit the Foster Care Navigator website.

Foster parents in Kent County receive Pressley Ridge training in place of GROW Training. This training is scheduled through your assigned licensing workers. Pressley Ridge is nationally recognized and evidence-based with a total of 36 hours that must be completed in full prior to licensure.

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