Parenting Resources Information Development Education (PRIDE)

The Parenting Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) program is designed to strengthen the quality of family foster care and adoption services.

This is accomplished by providing a standardized, consistent, structured framework for the competency-based recruitment, preparation, and selection of foster parents and adoptive parents, and for foster parent in-service training and ongoing professional development.

The program was developed through a project initiated and developed over several years by the Illinois Department of Family and Children's Services and the Child Welfare League of America. The project involved the collaboration of child welfare agencies in 14 states, one private family foster care agency operating in several states, two national resource centres, one foundation, and several universities and colleges.

The PRIDE program represents the state of the art in foster and adoptive parent preparation, development and support. Content of the materials used is consistent with the CWLA Standards of Excellence for Family Foster Care, which specifies the competencies and training approach offered in the PRIDE program.

The Model

PRIDE is a 14-step process to develop and support resource families. It has two major training components: 

  1. Foster PRIDE/Adopt PRIDE, the pre-service component of PRIDE, is a program for the recruitment, preparation, assessment, and selection of prospective foster parents and adoptive parents.

  2. Foster PRIDE Core is an in-service training program for new and experienced foster parents, much of which may also be of interest to adoptive parents.

Integral to both components is the belief that protecting and nurturing children at risk and strengthening all their families (birth, foster, adoptive) requires teamwork among individuals with diverse knowledge and skills -- all working with a shared vision and toward a common goal. 

Foster parents and adoptive parents are essential members of this team. Like caseworkers, they require preparation and training to acquire the competencies (knowledge and skills) they need to be effective members of the team.

Foster PRIDE/Adopt PRIDE and Foster PRIDE Core are designed to teach knowledge and skills in five essential categories of competence for foster parents and adoptive parents:

  • Protecting and nurturing children
  • Meeting children's developmental needs, and addressing developmental delays
  • Supporting relationships between children and their families
  • Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime
  • Working as a member of a professional team.

This program offers an integrated approach -- based on competency -- to recruitment, family assessment, and pre-service training. Through a series of at-home consultations and competency-based training sessions, prospective families are given the opportunity to learn and practice the knowledge and skills they will need as new foster parents or adoptive parents. The readiness of families to foster or adopt is assessed in the context of their ability and willingness to meet the essential competencies.

Foster PRIDE/Adopt PRIDE resources

Foster PRIDE/Adopt PRIDE offers the following resources:

The Practice Handbook addresses the 14-step process. This includes planning and implementing recruitment strategies, responding to telephone inquiries, and conducting at-home family consultations using eco-maps, genograms, and other assessment tools to identify strengths and address areas of concern.

Central to this process is the assessment of prospective parents. That assessment must be culturally sensitive. It must carefully measure families’ competencies at the pre-service level and it must determine the willingness of each family to become part of the child protection team.

he Practice Handbook includes The Family Development Plan (FDP), a written plan describing a foster family's competencies, annual training goals, methods for reaching those goals, and how to determine if goals have been met. The family and the agency develop the FDP together. It guides the ongoing process of developing and supporting individual foster families and can direct the agency's overall system for enhancing the collective competencies of its foster parents. The FDP helps foster parents and agencies determine how to get "the right training to the right foster parents”.

The Trainer's Guide provides content and direction for conducting nine three-hour pre-service sessions.

Session One: Connecting with PRIDE

Session Two: Teamwork towards permanency

Session Three: Meeting developmental needs: Attachment

Session Four: Meeting developmental needs: Loss

Session Five: Strengthening family relationships

Session Six: Meeting developmental needs: Discipline

Session Seven: Continuing family relationships

Session Eight: Planning for change

Session Nine: Making an informed decision: Taking PRIDE.

Foster PRIDE Core training and resources

Foster PRIDE Core consists of 10 modules of competency based on in-service training. Totaling 84 hours, the modules range in duration from three to 15 hours each.

Resources include The Trainer's Guide that provides content and direction for conducting the modules. Subjects and durations of each module are as follows:

Module 1: The foundation for meeting the developmental needs of children at risk (12 hours)

Module 2: Using discipline to protect, nurture and meet developmental needs (9 hours)

Module 3: Addressing developmental issues related to sexuality (3 hours)

Module 4: Responding to the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse (6 hours)

Module 5: Supporting relationships between children and their families (9 hours)

Module 6: Working as a professional team member (9 hours)

Module 7: Promoting children's personal and cultural identity (6 hours)

Module 8: Promoting permanency outcomes (9 hours)

Module 9: Managing the fostering experience (6 hours)

Module 10: Understanding the effects of chemical dependency on children and families (15 hours).

There is a Pridebook included with each module. It contains all the resource materials participants will use in the sessions and for reference at home. The materials include worksheets for use during the session, a summary of session content, and resource reading for the home.

Implementing the PRIDE Program

Through its work with the state agencies that collaborated in the development of the PRIDE program, the Training Institute of the CWLA has gained experience helping agencies design and carry out an agency-wide plan for implementing the PRIDE training program. The Institute's training staff can provide consultation and technical assistance to agency training units and management and planning groups interested in improving the quality of family foster care and adoption services. 

Depending on an agency’s specific needs, Institute staff can provide a variety of training services, including:

  • Half-day and full-day workshops to inform agency staff, foster parents, and adoptive parents about the program
  • On-site intensive training for family development specialists and trainers on conducting the Foster PRIDE/Adopt PRIDE sessions and conducting family assessments
  • Training for agency trainers on how to teach the PRIDE program on an ongoing basis to trainers and family development specialists.

For more information
E-mail: info@cwlc.ca

**Please note** CWLC does not offer PRIDE training. However, if you are interested in attending PRIDE classes, please contact your local Children's Aid Society or local child protection authorities. A list of provincial/territorial authorities are available here.

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