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Foster Care Training

Prospective foster parents are required to attend PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) trainings prior to receiving a foster care license.  Please contact the Foster Care Department at (616) 224-7550 or Refugee Foster Care at (616) 224-7540 if you would like to RSVP to attend training.  

For more information see Refugee Foster Care

Conference Center - Bethany Christian Services
901 Eastern Ave NE
Grand Rapids MI 49501

PRIDE Schedule 2015

Parent Resource for Information Development and Education (PRIDE)
Kids in Crisis (KIC)

  • Orientations are held the first Friday morning of each month and the third Wednesday evening of each month.
  • Light refreshments are served for each Session.
  • In the case of inclement weather, trainings will be cancelled if Grand Rapids Public Schools are closed.
Session 1:   Connecting with PRIDE
Session 2:   Teamwork toward Permanence
Session 3:  Meeting Developmental Needs: Attachment
Session 4:   Meeting Developmental Needs: Grief & Loss
Session 5 & 7:   Strengthening Family Relationships/ Continuing Family Relationships
Session 6:  Meeting Development Needs-Discipline
Session 8:   Planning for Change
Session 9 Taking PRIDE: Making an Informed Decision
(Panel Discussion) Offered in Spring & Fall after license complete

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