is a model for the development and support of resource families.
It is designed to strengthen the quality of family foster care
and adoption services by providing a standardized, structured
framework for recruiting, preparing, and selecting foster
parents and adoptive parents. It also provides foster parent
in-service training and ongoing professional development.
PRIDE is the result of a national cooperative
effort. The program was developed through a multi-year project
initiated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family
Services and the Child Welfare League of America. The project
involved the collaboration of 14 state child welfare agencies,
one private family foster care agency operating in several
states, one foster parent association, two national resource
centers, one foundation, and several universities and colleges.
The name was selected by foster parents and adoptive parents in
Illinois. It stands for Parent Resources for Information,
Development, and Education.
The program is based on the philosophy that
the value of family life for children, however family is
defined, is compelling. Because of this, knowledgeable and
skilled foster parents and adoptive parents are integral to
providing quality services. They, like social workers, should be
qualified, prepared, developed, selected, and licensed or
certified to work as members of a professional team equipped to
protect and nurture children and strengthen families.
PRIDE is a twenty-seven hour comprehensive
pre-service training for foster/pre-adoption services. This
training is required statewide for all adults (18 years of age
or older) residing at the same residence.
Idaho Child Welfare Research & Training
Center (ICWRTC) partnered with Idaho Universities to execute The
Foster Parent Initiative originated by the Idaho Department of
Health & Welfare. This project is funded by Title IV-E Funds and
modeled after the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA).