PRIDE Pre-service Orientation
This is an 30 hour online training that must be completed by Foster Parent applicants. The aim of this orientation is to prepare applicants with basic knowledge about fostering and caring for children and youth in care. While learning the PRIDE model of practice, we hope that families will be assisted in making an informed decision about whether fostering a child or youth is the right fit for them and their families.
If you’re interested in learning more about applying and registering for this course, contact your nearest Ministry of Children and Families office, or contact the Community Bridge Foster Parent Recruitment, Retention and Support program.
BC Foster Care Education Program
Children who are in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development require caring and skilled caregivers to meet their unique needs. Therefore, the province of British Columbia has created the Foster Care Education Program to provide caregivers with the support and knowledge they need to create a solid foundation as foster parents in BC.
The course is a mandatory training that has been designed to be completed in a classroom setting and is standardized for caregivers across BC. The Series consists of 14 modules presented over 53 hours of material and is offered at no cost.
The course content includes the following topics:
Caring for Children: Overview (3 hours)
Communication Skills & Self-Awareness (3 hours)
Effects of Care giving (3 hours)
The Child’s Family (3 hours )
Observing, Recording, and Reporting (3 hours)
Child and Youth Development (3 hours )
Attachment, Separation, and Loss (6 hours)
When Children Experience Abuse & Neglect (6 hours )
Guiding Behaviour of Children and Youth (6 hours )
Cultural Responsiveness (3 hour)
Aboriginal Children in Care (3 hours )
Substance Misuse Awareness (3 hours)
An Introduction to Fetal Alcohol and Neonatal Abstinence Syndromes (3 hours)
Suicide Awareness (5 hours)
Still need to complete this?
If you are currently a Foster Parent and would like more information about this training in Fort. St. John, Dawson Creek or Fort Nelson please contact Community Bridge or speak to your resource social worker
Support and Service Meetings
The topics offered will be a variety that Caregivers will find helpful in providing care i.e.: reducing family stress, ADHD, FASD, self harm, sleep disorders, managing schedules, attachment, etc.
Visit the events page for upcoming meetings in your area.