"P.R.I.D.E." stands for "Parent Resource for Information, Development, Education" and is required training (by most states) for both Foster Parents and Adoptive Parents before being permitted to become a licensed or adoptive home. The training is to help educate parents about the needs of children in the foster care system, including developmental, behavioral and emotional issues. It also teaches appropriate disciplinary actions and communication with the biological family.
Anywho, the informational session went well. We basically learned about the program and what they offer for support in the way of fostering and adoption (all adoptions through the program are children from the foster care system).
Now comes the decision making:
- Do we do foster parenting?
- Do we choose adoption?
- What age group do we think we can handle?
- Are there specific behavioral, emotional, or development problems we'll be better able to cope with?