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.
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).