The first step to becoming a licensed Partner Family is to complete the online orientation and quiz. Then our Recruitment Specialist will call you to discuss your interest and readiness to begin the licensing process. If you believe at that time you and your family are able to meet the needs of this sensitive dynamic, the background screening process will begin.
Upon meeting the requirements to become licensed, prospective parents will begin a Partner Family training called Parent Resources for Information Development and Education (P.R.I.D.E.). P.R.I.D.E. equips the individual(s) or couple with an understanding of the issues facing children in care. The course also helps the parent(s) learn more about their readiness to foster or adopt and about tools that may be helpful should they proceed in the process. The topics involved in training include, but are not limited to, protecting and nurturing children, meeting children’s development needs and addressing development delays, supporting children’s relationships with their birth families, connecting children to safe nurturing relationships and working as a member of a professional team.
P.R.I.D.E. courses are available on both weekdays and some weekends. Upon completion of P.R.I.D.E. training, a home study process will begin followed by a thorough background check of the individual(s) and the individual’s family at no cost.
The following is the process to become a Partner Family:
- Complete online orientation and quiz
- Initial inquiry phone call with member of Recruitment and Retention team
- Background screening process
- Complete first consultation meeting at onset of P.R.I.D.E. course
- P.R.I.D.E. Training
- Second family consultation meeting within the first 3 weeks of P.R.I.D.E. course
- Third family consultation meeting within 6 weeks of P.R.I.D.E. class
- Final family consultation meeting prior to last P.R.I.D.E. class
- Upon completion of P.R.I.D.E. course and home study, a recommendation will be made to the State to issue your license.
Once you are licensed as a Partner Family, a child can come to live with you. Each year that you continue as a Partner Parent, you will need to attend 8 hours of recertification training on issues such as child development, attachment disorders and how to support relationships between children and their families. You will also have to renew your license at regular intervals.