S.T.A.R.S. & Upcoming Trainings

Interested in Becoming a Foster Parent? Learn more about our fostering program here

Upcoming Trainings:

Please see our events calendar for upcoming events and trainings, which also includes our Foster Care, Adoption and Mentoring Info Sessions.

Contact our Resource Department to find out when BFT starts the next S.T.A.R.S., Foster Parent Orientation and Spaulding trainings!


  • S.T.A.R.S. stands for Specialized Training Assessments Resources.
  • Please read further below for more details.

Foster Parent Orientation


Contact our Resource Department for more information on our programs and trainings!


Foster family


S.T.A.R.S / Specialized Training Assessments Resources

S.T.A.R.S. is a foster parent training program developed by the Child Welfare League of America and used by Missouri Department of Social Services-Children’s Division for preparing families for the challenges of fostering.

S.T.A.R.S. training includes:

  • Intensive nine-session program
  • One, three-hour session per week for nine consecutive weeks
  • Five in-home visits by the Family Development Specialist to assess:
    • Family Life
    • Home
    • Training Progress

All training and assessments are provided at no charge to the family.