Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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July 27, 2017

Foster Parent Training to Begin in September

PIERRE, S.D. – Foster families of every culture are needed to keep sibling groups together, to keep children and youth in their own communities and to support the well-being of children in need of a home while their birth family heals.

Prospective foster families are encouraged to attend the upcoming Parent’s Resource for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) training in Brookings for families in Brookings, Kingsbury, Lake, Miner and Moody counties beginning Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Blended PRIDE training is now available and consists of a combination of classroom training and online training. The training is free and participants must complete 30 hours of training by attending four classroom sessions and six online sessions. Class sizes are limited and an initial inquiry process must be completed prior to registration.

Participants must be 21 years of age, financially stable and have no convictions of crimes involving harm to children, sex crimes or crimes of violence.

If you are interested in opening your home to children in foster care, please contact Deb Riley, family services, specialist at 605-688-4330, ext. 213. To learn more about becoming a foster parent, please visit or