PRIDE Training

PRIDE Training



Developed by the Child Welfare League of AmericaParent Resources for Information, Development and Education (“PRIDE”) is Orange County's standardized training curriculum for prospective foster and adoptive parents.


  • Strengthens the quality of family foster care and adoption services.
  • Provides a standardized, consistent, structured curriculum and support for prospective foster and adoptive families.
  • Is taught by a team of experienced foster and adoptive parents and social workers.
  • Fulfills applicants' licensing requirement to attend 18 hours of specialized training.
  • Consists of six classes, taken one class per week for a total of six weeks, and covers the following sessions:
    • Class 1: Sessions one and two
    • Class 2: Sessions three and four
    • Class 3: Session five
    • Class 4: Session six
    • Class 5: Sessions seven and eight
    • Class 6: Session nine

PRIDE schedule

Nine PRIDE Sessions

Session One: Connecting with PRIDE

  • Learn about the world of foster care and adoption.
  • Hear stories of children receiving child welfare services.
  • See how foster and adoptive families work as part of the team in providing for the needs of foster and adoptive children.

Session Two: Teamwork Toward Permanence

  • Develop a foundation for understanding birth family issues
  • Learn to support foster children's family relationships

Session Three: Meeting Developmental Needs – Attachment

  • Review the basics of children's growth and development
  • Explore how abuse, neglect, and trauma impact children's attachments, development, and behaviors

Session Four: Meeting Developmental Needs – Loss

  • Understand that loss is something everyone must face
  • Consider your responses to loss
  • Learn the types of losses foster children have experienced before they enter foster care
  • Explore how placement can deepen a child's sense of loss

Session Five: Strengthening Family Relationships

  • Explore family identity, cultural heritage, and self-esteem in children
  • Discover new ways to help children develop positive cultural identities
  • Learn about the importance of family and sibling connections

Session Six: Meeting Developmental Needs: Discipline

  • Discover the difference between discipline and punishment
  • Explore the challenge of discipline
  • Learn ways foster and adoptive parents can meet the goal of providing discipline that works

Session Seven: Continuing Family Relationships

  • learn about permanency timelines and the importance of the “child's clock” in determining permanency decisions

Session Eight: Planning Change

  • Gain insights into what to expect during the first hours, days, and weeks of a child's placement
  • Learn what to ask a child's social worker
  • Discover how to talk with your foster child
  • Explore how foster children might impact your own children and families

Session Nine: Taking PRIDE: Making an Informed Decision

  • Hear from a panel of experienced members of the child welfare team, including foster parents, adoptive parents, social workers, relatives and non-related extended family members, and foster care youth and alumni.

Five PRIDE Core Competencies

Selection of foster and adoptive families will be based on five PRIDE core competencies. All foster and adoptive children will:

  • Be protected and nurtured;
  • Have their developmental needs met and their developmental delays addressed;
  • Be given support for their relationships with their families;
  • Be connected to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime;
  • Have their needs met by foster and adoptive parents, social workers, and others who work together as a professional team.

Contact Us

For more information or to register for the classes, please call (888) 871-KIDS (1-888-871-5437).