Thursday, July 01, 2010

(Parent Resources for Information Development and Education)

Michigan collaborated with the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and more than 25 other states with approximately 154 representatives to develop the PRIDE curriculum. Michigan has taught the curriculum since 1993 and the curriculum was last revised by CWLA in 2009. In 2006, the PRIDE curriculum became the required training for new foster and adoptive parents and relative caregivers (collectively known as “resource families”) who wish to be licensed in or adopt children from Michigan’s foster care system.

CWTI conducts a four-day “train-the-trainer” session to teach others how to train prospective caregivers. The training is geared toward DHS and private agency staff who will be responsible for training their new foster, adoptive and relative caregivers. This pre-service training for prospective caregivers is conducted prior to placement, and now also includes relatives who may already have children placed in their homes and need to be licensed. Experienced foster/adoptive parents who want to become co-trainers with staff must also enroll in the PRIDE “train-the-trainer” session. After successfully completing the four-day training, trainers are observed by a Master PRIDE trainer. Trainers will be evaluated by training an actual session of foster/adopt PRIDE and upon a satisfactory rating, receive the status of an approved PRIDE trainer for the state of Michigan. Presently, there are nearly 400 approved PRIDE trainers in Michigan.

Approved trainers teach the PRIDE curriculum using a 27-hour competency-based training engaging all resource families. The curriculum includes the following sessions: Connecting PRIDE, Teamwork towards Permanence, Meeting Developmental Needs, Attachment, Addressing Developmental Delays, Loss, Strengthening Family Relationships, Discipline, Permanency, and Planning for Change, and Making Informed Decision.

If you have questions about CWTI PRIDE training, please contact Kathleen Polidore by email at or by phone at 313-456-1374.