PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a nationally recognized training model used for families who are interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system. Classes are held at Barker over a period of 4 Saturday's from 10 am to 4pm. Families have the opportunity to learn about adoption from the foster care system and to better understand the needs of children who are being placed through Project Wait No Longer (PWNL). Training is a requirement for all families pursuing adoption through the foster care system but it is also a learning experience so you can have a better understanding of what your new child has been through and how to best meet their needs. 

Many families use the training experience to confirm their commitment to adopting a child with a history of trauma. It is also provides the opportunity to build relationships with other families who are adopting from the foster care system and to build relationships with PWNL staff. Two highlights from the training include hearing from a family who has adopted through PWNL and a presentation from PWNL's Placement Coordinator on the matching process. 

The training addresses topics such as:

  1. Attachment & bonding
  2. The impact of abuse & neglect
  3. Transitioning of the child into your home
  4. Educational advocacy
  5. Grief & loss
  6. Behavioral challenges
  7. Transcultural/transracial adoption. 

The next session starts on October 21st, 2017 You can register by visiting the following link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eddfxfa162e1fb69&llr=6cymg5cab 

For questions regarding PRIDE training or general information about Project Wait No Longer - contact  Alex Williams, Outreach and Program Support Specialist for PWNL.