Foster Parents; P.R.I.D.E. or beyond?
Part 2 of 5.
In part one, we started this series with a definition of what is P.R.I.D.E. what does the acronym stand for. We reiterate that definition; it stands for Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education, it is designed to be a model for developing and supporting foster & adoptive families.
We explored various aspects of this initial training designed to prepare foster parents for the task before them. That said, let us continuing with our examination, This program specializes in advanced training all designed to impart knowledge and skills in five essential competency categories 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, and
- working as a member of a professional team.
The pre-service program offers a competency-based, integrated approach to recruitment, family assessment. Through at-home consultations and competency-based training sessions, prospective families have an opportunity to learn and practice the knowledge and skills they will need as new foster parents and 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.
This is a excellent beginning, but it is not enough.
Obviously we do not have the time to go through the entire program or all of the trainings provided. Therefore, let us do a quick rundown of the basics.
We picked one portion of this incredible program, Pre-service. Under this heading, we find the following portions listed. Understand this is the trainers side of the equation, these are just a few of the manuals each instructor must acquire in order to teach the classes, to you our foster parents.
- The Process to Develop and Support Resource Families Practice Handbook Price $159. Trainers Guide $199.
- The P.R.I.D.E. Book is priced at $169.
- Making a Difference $95.00.
- Developing Family Resources is priced $95.
The beat goes on, every one of the recommended courses have similar prices attached to them. This training, is much the same as we discovered in the MAPP trainings, both have a price tag on them, understandable, however, my question is how much is reasonable?
Trainers, Foster Parents Associations, places you attend your trainings have shelled out enormous amounts of grant monies to facilitate your trainings. The biggest surprise was when we tapped into the one below, $1380. for this package.
Next up in part 3; we begin exploring Module 1, a logical place to start. Surprise, the Modules have equally outrageous prices on them. Someone is making significant bucks on your trainings. Let us look at some of those mightily impressive titles; Modules listed by number.
- Questions so far, who designs these trainings, why such an outlandish charge for them? Because they are government designed, government paying government?
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Suggested reading; Foster Parents; MAPP & Beyond. Our ten part series.