About FPT

Who we are:

FosterParentTraining.com (FPT) is a membership-supported service.  This site evolved from the need to make foster parent training more widely available at a time when agency training budgets are shrinking, while demand for more foster parents & continued training is increasing.

Site Manager for FPT is Serwind Netzler.  Serwind and his wife The Rev. Sherryl Netzler have been licensed therapeutic foster parents since 1987.  In the mid-70’s, the Netzler’s were volunteers in one of the nation’s first “latch key” programs offered in Oakland County, Michigan.  They’ve been involved with foster care in four different states.

The Netzler’s have worked for both state and private agencies in community group homes, residential mental health facilities, and as private residential foster parents.  They have two children of their own, plus they adopted three special needs children (one of whom is now an Army Medic!).

In addition to being a foster parent, Serwind has recruited and trained foster parents & group home staff in the United States & New Zealand, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children-Boulder City Campus located in Boulder City, Nevada.

Sherryl has served as a Certified Surrogate Parent and a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).  The Netzler’s have both been honored for their foster care work.

In addition to his work in foster care, Serwind is also an Internet Webmaster and Film Director.

Site Objective: To provide comprehensive, ongoing training online for new and licensed foster parents.

For States and Agencies: FosterParentTraining.com is a convenient, cost-effective alternative to live training for new and licensed foster parents.  Using FPT.com cuts back on the number of personnel required for training and recruitment.

FPT.com offers free placement of training programs & materials on our site.  All materials are converted to an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) which allows access downloading and printing by any computer system.  Because PDF prevents the viewer from making any text changes, application and license forms can be securely downloaded from our site. (Adobe PDF is used by the U.S. Government for the downloading of documents such as IRS forms.)

FPT.com’s online training increases recruitment and helps retain more foster families.  Couples who otherwise find it difficult or impossible to take the required training together, will welcome the convenience of online training accessibility.

Existing foster families will find it easier to take their required yearly training online.  No arranging to have someone look after their foster kids (or having to bring them to training)!

Recruitment of foster families in outlying areas will be easier with online training.

FPT.com is ready, willing and able to work with all foster care agencies.  For further information about posting your agency’s training on our site, go to Contact in the Main Menu or email us at:  AgencyTraining@FosterParentTraining.com.