Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

  • PRIDE Pre-service Trainer

    Job Locations CA-ON-Toronto
    Posted Date 3 years ago(9/9/2016 10:50 AM)
  • Overview

    Developed in Illinois in 1993, Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) is a competency-based model for the development and support of resource (foster, kin, customary care and adoption) families. The Ontario curriculum was last revised in 2010, with a minor video update in 2015. It is designed to strengthen the quality of resource care by providing a standardized, structured framework for recruiting, preparing and selecting foster, kin, customary care and adoptive parents. The sessions provide content in the areas of teamwork, attachment, child development, maltreatment, trauma, abuse, family relationships, adoption issues, placement challenges, loss, discipline, and the impact of care giving on the family. The nine-session, 27-hour Pre-service training program is co-delivered by a team comprised of a staff member and foster or adoptive parent.


    OACAS is seeking energetic, passionate and resource family-focused trainers to facilitate the PRIDE Pre-Service Training for Prospective Resource Families curriculum. Successful candidates will be requested to train on as as-needed basis, and therefore may continue their current employment. Please note, training requests are occasional and may be infrequent.


    Training involves teaching new skills through such means as short lectures, observation, practice, and group activities, as well as the application of adult learning principles, online technology and/or virtual training.



    1. A minimum of three (3) years of direct experience caring for children as a Resource Parent (Foster, Adoptive, Customary Care and Kinship) is strongly recommended.
    2. Subject matter expertise on current research, legislation, policy and practice.
    3. High level of comfort using the necessary training delivery technology and media, such as projectors, computers, etc.
    4. Strong knowledge base in, and ability to apply, adult learning principles.
    5. Ability to create and consistently maintain a comfortable, learner-centred training environment. 
    6. Proficient and effective at keeping the learners focused, on task and within established time frames while remaining responsive to group needs and concerns.
    7. Strong understanding how the candidate’s own cultural background can impact communication style, values, attitudes and beliefs; ability to recognize ways in which an ethnocentric perspective may affect the ability to train and relate to participants from different cultural groups.
    8. High comfort with, and ability to effectively demonstrate, a variety of training activities – including, but not limited to lecture, small group work, large group discussion and experiential exercises.
    9. Superior ability to effectively manage candidate’s own verbal/nonverbal communications to minimize any distractions and maximize training delivery impact.
    10. Ability to deliver training without reading directly from a script.


    For Agency-Based and Sessional Trainers 

    It is strongly recommended that candidates have at least five (5) years of child welfare and/or management experience directly related to the course(s) chosen to facilitate.


    For Agency-Based and Private Resource Parent Trainers

    It is strongly recommended that candidates have at least three (3) years of direct experience caring for children as a Resource Parent (Foster, Adoptive, Customary Care and Kinship). 







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