Foster Care and Adoptive Care Pre-Service Training and Resources Region III
P.R.I.D.E. was initiated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Child Welfare League of America. The Pre-service component of the Foster and Adoptive Care training consists of 27 hours of training, generally done over a nine week time period (or 4.5 weeks when done on Saturdays).
The goals of the PRIDE program are:
- To meet the multiple needs of children placed in foster and adoptive families.
- To strengthen families (whether they be biological, foster, adopted, blended or members of a tribe or clan).
- Strengthen the quality of family foster care and adoptive services through standardization of training, assessment and on-going professional development.
- To share resources among public and voluntary child welfare agencies, universities, foster parent associations, and national child welfare organizations.
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being uwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” • Mother Teresa