PRIDE PRE-SERVICE TRAINING
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337-4470 to RSVP
SORRY… NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MAY ATTEND
Por favor no niños menores de 16 años
The goal of Pre-Service training is used to prepare families to make an informed decision as to their abilities to foster or adopt to meet the needs of children in custody.
Informational Meeting on Foster Care and Adoption
An overview of foster care, kinship care and special needs adoption is discussed. A parenting attitude inventory survey and personal questionnaire are administered and collected.
Welcomes participants to Foster PRIDE program. Participants are provided the unique opportunity to learn about foster care and adoptions through the stories of children receiving child welfare services. You will learn how foster and adoptive families work as part of the team to provide for the challenging needs of children in their care. Session 1 spells out the knowledge and skills that successful foster & adoptive families need.
Session 2: Teamwork Toward Permanence
One of the most challenging tasks that foster and adoptive families face involves developing and understanding of birth family issues—knowing how to talk with children about their families and being able to support their family relationships. This session lays the foundation for this learning by exploring the ways in which a family supports a child’s identity, cultural heritage and self-esteem. The session explores permanency, why teamwork is essential to a child, and the important role that foster and adoptive parents play in the professional team.
Session 3: Meeting Developmental Needs: Attachment
This session reviews some of the basics of child growth and development. Stressing the importance of children forming deep and lasting attachments. Participants explore how abuse, neglect, and trauma impact a child’s attachments, development and behavior. Participants discuss and learn methods of building positive attachments with children so their developmental needs may be met.
Session 4: Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss
This session covers the type of losses that children have before they enter foster care and how loss can impact a child’s development and growth. Participants learn how a child’s separation from their parents through foster placement can deepen the sense of loss. The sessions provide techniques and responses to help a child cope with their losses.
Session 5: Strengthening Family Relationships
Class discussion will focus around how families instill identity, cultural heritage and self-esteem in children. Opportunity will be provided to learn ways to help children develop positive cultural identity at different developmental stages. The session stresses the importance of family connections and continuity. Specific skills are offered relating to planning and handling visits between children and their birth parents.
Session 6: Meeting Developmental Needs: Discipline
Focusing on the challenges of discipline this session provides information about how discipline is different from punishment. You will receive information on what forms of discipline are allowed by the agency and why physical punishment is not permitted. Session six covers the knowledge, skills, and personal qualities that adults need to instill discipline. You will be provided an outline of the ways foster and adoptive parents can best meet the goal of providing discipline that works, and strategies for managing the behavior of children that have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma.
Session 7: Continuing Family Relationships
The session promotes and understanding of permanency timeframes, and importance of the “child’s clock” in making permanency decisions. You will learn about “concurrent planning” as a strategy for achieving permanency in a more timely fashion. Session seven presents ways to promote a child’s life long connectedness to their family when reunification to their birth family is not in the child’s future.
Session 8: Planning for Change
The class focuses on a practical view of how your family will be affected by having a child placed into your home. You will learn what to expect during the first hours, days and weeks of child’s placement. Skills and suggestions will be offered in how to make sure your home is a safe and healing home environment for children who have experienced sexual abuse, and strategies for handling the behaviors of these children. The session provides a look at how foster & adoptive families can build and maintain support from other team members.
Session 9: Taking PRIDE…Making an Informed Decision
In this closing session, the group hears from a panel of experienced members of the Child Welfare Team. Foster parents, adoptive parents, workers, and family members present their views and answer participant’s questions. Participants will be able to make a final decision about making a commitment to become a foster or adoptive parent.