Foster Parents; P.R.I.D.E. or beyond?
Part 1 of 5.
By now, you know your Foster Families Examiner, you know the FPLS approach to any topic. Let us begin with a definition of P.R.I.D.E. What is it, what does the acronym stand for. It stands for Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education, it is designed to be a model for developing and supporting foster & adoptive families.
- Question; who designs programs like MAPP and PRIDE? Allow us to present an explanation we found on line.
The PRIDE program is designed to strengthen the quality of family foster care and adoption services by providing a standardized, consistent, structured framework for the competency-based recruitment, preparation, and selection of foster and adoptive parents, and for foster parent in-service training and continuing professional development.
- We see other programs designed to assist American citizens are called ASFA, CAPTA all acronyms, all created by bureaucrats, all equally incompetent and ineffective. Guess these are someone’s idea of assisting us, or in this case training us.
Our concern is any of these various programs preparing us, or even assisting us for the real fostering world. Let us find out, together.
How well does this program progress in preparing foster parents for the many different aspects we will fact in our fostering experience? From the same source, listed above.
The program was developed through a multiyear project initiated by the Illinois Department of Family and Children’s Services and CWLA. The project involved the collaboration of 14 state child welfare agencies, one private family foster care agency operating in several states, two national resource centers, one foundation, and several universities and colleges.
PRIDE represents the state of the art in foster and adoptive parent preparation, development, and support. The content of the products is consistent with the CWLA Standards of Excellence for Family Foster Care, which describe the competencies and training approach provided by the PRIDE program. Here is the link.
We read on this website the following statement.
Integral to all three components is the belief that protecting and nurturing children at risk and strengthening all their families (birth, foster, or adoptive) requires teamwork among individuals with diverse knowledge and skills, but all working from a shared vision and toward a common goal. Foster and adoptive parents are vital members of this team. They, like caseworkers, require preparation and training to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be effective members of the professional team.
- Question; foster parents do you feel like part of a team? That is, do you feel that your caseworker treats you like a team member?
Suggested reading; MAPP & Beyond. Part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5 / part 6 / part 7 / part 8 / part 9 /part 10.
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