Foster Parents; P.R.I.D.E. or beyond?
Part 5 of 5.
In this series, we explore the definition and components of a program called P.R.I.D.E. we discovered what the acronym stands for, and that it is designed to be a model for developing and supporting foster & adoptive families. This program specializes in advanced training all designed to demonstrate knowledge and skills in five essential competency categories for foster parents and adoptive parents.
- Question; Are PRIDE/MAPP adequate trainings designed to prepare you for fostering. You are the only ones that can decide.
- Suggested reading What is MAPP.
We have one more exploration to take, some states have started to develop their own trainings. One of the foster parents that we are assisting brought this situation to our attention.
- Let us take a look at one state in particular, Tennessee. This states training is called PATH. What does it include, let us explore. Here is the link, for inquisitive minds.
- Helping Children Make Transitions.
- Managing Crisis.
- Child Development.
- Kinship Family Dynamics.
- Kinship Family Role Conflict.
- Culture Awareness.
- Positive Discipline 1.
- Parenting Sex Abused Child.
- Working w/Birth Parents.
- Fostering Positive Behavior.
- Engaging and Parenting Teens.
- Positive Discipline 3.
- Ethics and Professionalism.
- Partnership in Action.
Did you read the titles? Again the children are the most important, our focus as foster parents. We have a question to ask of those who designed this training, if the foster parents exit then what has all this child development training done for you agency, or more importantly the children who depend on you to place them into an appropriate home?
Retention should be a key focus, retention takes truth in training, again you cannot establish a relationship and/or trainings on fantasy that will eventually lead to emotional, financial devastation to the foster parents for which you are responsible. You must present not only the pleasing portions of the fostering experience, but also the pitfalls. Warn us, prepare us for the ditch that is in front of them….before we fall into it.
- We implore those who intend to create any program designed for foster parents to place a foster parent on this committee to inform you as to what we need. Do not allow someone to develop a program who has never experienced, up front and personal, the challenges of fostering.
We want facts in our trainings, and need someone to hear our needs. Any training for foster parents must include,
- survival techniques,
- practical approaches to documentation methods,
- basic knowledge of Administrative Law, and how to protect themselves.
- Legal & liability packages designed by and for us, both coverage’s made available to us upon completing the training courses.
- It is time for Foster Parenting training to be welcomed into the 21st century. We, tired of being scapegoats, sent into battle without insurance, air support we are sick of entering a war zone without boot camp not only on the child’s side but on our side, the practical/truthful side of fostering.
We are in the middle of a war to save children, although, it is good to study who are you serving in that battle (the children), would it not be a good idea to know who your enemies are, and what methods may be utilized in a plan of attack?
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