Lynne A. Valenti
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PRIDE & Unity Training

PRIDE

Parent Resource for Information, Development and Education

PRIDE is a model for the development and support of resource families. It is designed to strengthen the quality of family foster parenting and adoption services by providing a standardized structured framework for recruiting, preparing and selecting foster and adoptive parents.

PRIDE is 30 hours of training for all prospective foster and adoptive families in the State of South Dakota. Through this process, the adoption home study is also completed (at no cost) for families interested in adopting children through the Department of Social Services.

PRIDE training is based on the philosophy that the value of family life for children, however family is defined, is compelling. Because of this, knowledgeable and skilled foster and adoptive parents are integral to providing quality services.

PRIDE's goals are to help:

  1. Meet the protective, developmental, cultural and permanency needs of children placed with foster and adoptive families.

  2. Strengthen families, whether they are families of origin, blended families, extended or kinship families, foster families, adoptive families, or tribal members.

  3. Strengthen the quality of family foster parenting and adoption services by providing a standardized, structured framework for pre-service training and mutual assessment.

UNITY Training

Extending Our Families Though UNITY
“Extending our Families through Unity” is a curriculum based on traditions and cultures of Indian people. It is designed to address issues Native American foster parents have identified as important and prepare current and potential foster parents for their critical role as care giver for Indian children.

Unity is a 30 hour training curriculum with the following components:

  • Foster Parent Orientation
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Attachment and Loss
  • Protecting, Nurturing and Meeting Needs through Discipline
  • Historical Trauma and Intergenerational Grief
  • Effects of Addiction on Children
  • Child Abuse/Neglect and Sexual Abuse
  • Promoting Permanency Outcomes
  • Kinship Care and Self-Esteem

Upcoming PRIDE/UNITY Training Classes for 2017:

(Regions 1 & 2) Black Hills & Western SD: **Classes will be held in Rapid City, SD
Thursdays 1/12, 2/16, 3/9, & 3/16: Classes held from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturdays 2/4, 3/11 & 4/8: Classes held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4/8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m./1 to 4 p.m.
Tuesdays 4/25, 5/30, 6/20, 6/27: Classes held from 6 to 9 p.m.
Thursdays 5/11, 6/15, 7/6, 7/13: Classes held from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturdays 8/26, 9/30 & 10/28: Classes held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 10/28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m./1 to 4 p.m.
Tuesdays 9/19, 10/24, 11/14, 11/21: Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.
Contact: Kelly Turman at 605.343.2598 or toll-free 855.830.5062. Email: PRIDE@chssd.org

(Region 3) Central & North Central SD:  **Classes are set up and held based on interest and demand.
Mobridge/ Eagle Butte Area Contact:  Jenny Larson at 1.877.431.3978 jenny.larson@state.sd.us
Pierre Area Contact: McKenzie Waugh at 605.773.3612 Ext. 213 megan.reindl@state.sd.us

(Region 4) South Central SD: **Classes are set up and held based on interest and demand.
Mission Area Contact:  Stana Green at 605.856.4489 ext. 214 stana.green@state.sd.us
Winner/ Chamberlain Area Contact:  Desiree Gunnare at 605.734.4500 ext. 240 desiree.gunnare@state.sd.us

(Region 5) Eastern and North Eastern SD **Classes are set up and held based on interest and demand. Brookings, Huron, Watertown and Aberdeen
Classes will start on 1/10 in Watertown and 1/12 in Aberdeen
Contact: Jessica Tribble at 605.965.3189 or toll-free 844.344.9482. Email: PRIDE@chssd.org

(Region 6) Minnehaha & North Lincoln Counties:  **Classes will be held in Sioux Falls, SD
Thursdays 1/5, 2/9, *3/2 & *3/9:  Classes from 6 to 9 pm.
Saturdays 1/14 & 2/11: Classes held from 9 am to 12 pm. *Thursdays 3/2 & 3/9: Classes held from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Thursdays 3/23, 4/27, *5/18, *5/25: Classes held from 6 to 9 pm.
Saturdays 3/25 & 4/22: Classes held from 9 am to 12 pm. *Thursdays 5/18 & 5/25: Classes held from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Tuesdays 6/20, 7/25, 8/15, 8/22: Classes held from 6 to 9 pm.
Thursdays 9/14, 10/19, *11/9, & *11/16: Classes held from 6 to 9 pm.
Saturdays 10/14 & 11/4: Classes held from 9 am to 12 pm. *Thursdays 11/9 & 11/16: Classes held from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Contact: Jessica Tribble at 605.965.3189 or toll-free 844.344.9482. Email: PRIDE@chssd.org

(Region 7) South Eastern SD:
Mitchell, SD
**Classes are set up and held based on interest and demand.

Contact:Kelly Turman at 605.343.2598 or toll-free 855.830.5062. Email: PRIDE@chssd.org

Vermillion/Yankton, SD
**Classes are set up and held based on interest and demand.

Contact: Kelly Turman at 605.343.2598 or toll-free 855.830.5062. Email: PRIDE@chssd.org

Sicangu Child and Family Services, Mission
Unity classes are set up and held based on interest and demand.
Contact: Kathy Black Bear at kblackbear@rstscfs.org or 605.856.4855