Classes offered to prospective foster parents

December 30, 2008 1:19:57 PM PST
Prospective foster and adoptive parents in Santa Clara County can learn some of the skills they will need in a series of classes offered by the Social Services Agency, county officials said.

The Parent Resource for Information Development and Education, or PRIDE, will offer classes on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Enrolled residents must complete five six-and-a-half-hour Saturday classes or 10 three-hour Tuesday classes to finish the program.

With nearly 1,900 local children dependent on the county for care - more than 600 of whom are living in foster care - the PRIDE training workshops offer an opportunity for prospective foster and adoptive parents to learn about the child welfare system, child attachment, child development and the adoption process, county officials said.

The classes fulfill Santa Clara County's pre-licensing requirement for residents exploring foster care and adoption, the first in several steps residents and families must take to become eligible.

Information about enrolling in PRIDE workshop classes, including class times and locations, is available by calling (408) 299-5437.


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