Foster parent training now registering prospects

Foster parent training now registering prospects
Each year, hundreds of South Dakota children find safety and stability with foster families while their own families work to overcome chemical dependency, domestic violence or other challenges.

Most need foster care only temporarily. The simple truth is that the more foster families there are in our communities, the easier it will be for children to remain in their own neighborhoods and schools, keep siblings together and reduce or eliminate multiple moves.

Foster Parent with PRIDE training will begin Thursday, Oct. 19 in Elk Point. The classes are free and meet on Oct. 19 and 26, and Nov. 2, 16 and 30, from 3 to 9 p.m. PRIDE offers 30 hours of training to prospective foster parents living in and around the Elk Point community.

PRIDE is the foster parent training and licensing process required by Child Protection Services, South Dakota Department of Social Services. Classes in Elk Point will be taught by Pete Montagne. Foster parents need to be at least 21 years of age, financially stable and have no convictions for crimes involving harm to children, sex crimes or crimes of violence.

If you can provide a child with a safe, caring family while his or her birth family mends, please call Kyla at 668-3030.

Did you know?

  • Children in foster care will have their own medical, prescription, dental & vision insurance.
  • Working families will receive financial assistance for childcare expenses for their foster child.
  • Foster families receive a monthly payment to help with the cost of clothing, feeding and caring for their foster child.
  • Foster parents can be single, married or divorced; parents, grandparents or have no parenting experience.
  • Foster parents can be renters or homeowners; dual wage earners or have one stay-at-home parent.
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