Indigenous Caregivers of BC training follows the Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) model of practice implemented by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This program is located with the Learning and Development Branch and is responsible for ongoing management of the PRIDE Pre-Service training for prospective and existing caregivers. PRIDE Pre-Service and In-Service training programs are designed to teach knowledge and skills in five (5) competency areas:
- Protecting and nurturing children
- Meeting children’s developmental needs and addressing developmental delays
- Supporting relationships between children and their families
- Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime
- Participating as a member of a professional team
Caregiver PRIDE Pre-Service Orientation
The Caregiver Training Program has collaborated with Indigenous Perspectives Society to offer online and face-to-face PRIDE Pre-Service Training. The PRIDE program introduces essential information required to become a foster caregiver of children and youth in British Columbia. Some of the topics include Teamwork towards Permanency, Strengthening Family Relationships and Caring for Aboriginal Children.
On average online training takes approximately 35 hours
Caregiver PRIDE In-Service Training, BC Caregiver Education Program
The Caregiver Education In-Service Training provides ongoing learning and information for caregivers already caregiving children and youth in care. Participants will learn strategies for caregiving children with FASD, coping with grief and loss, attachment issues, and other circumstance that arise caregiving children and youth in care.
This training takes approximately 53 hours – To Be Announced
Caregiver Training Needs Survey
The recently conducted Caregiver Training Needs Survey was designed to gain an understanding of caregiver training needs in each of the Delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAAs) in British Columbia. The survey included questions that covered a number of domains including the characteristics of their DAA, training completed, training needed, and the training delivery preferences. In addition, the survey also sought to identify barriers to training completion and supports available for caregivers to attend training. The survey has informed the creation of our training programs and schedule.