ND Pre-Service Training
What is PRIDE?
The North Dakota foster care and adoption programs follow the PRIDE Model for the training and assessment of all individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive families. PRIDE is an acronym for Parents Resource for Information Development and Education.
This program offers a competency-based, integrated approach to recruitment, family assessment, and pre-service training. Through a series of 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 five (5) essential competencies listed below.
PRIDE Pre-Service Training
This training curriculum is designed as a nine (9) session course with each session being around three (3) hours in length. This twenty-seven (27) hour course of training is considered an introduction to the foster care and adoption programs. In the state of North Dakota it is a requirement that all licensed foster and adoptive parents will complete the PRIDE Pre-service Training program.
All nine modules of this training relate directly to the one of the five (5) PRIDE competencies which are identified as primary needs for a foster and/or adoptive family working with children and youth who enter into care. Those competencies include:
- 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
- Working as a Member of a Professional Team
Upon completion of this PRIDE pre-service training it is the expectation that all resource families working with children and youth who enter care will have the knowledge to better understand the behaviors and emotional issues those children entering care might exhibit.
UND CFSTC Training Coordinator