Laurie Gill
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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 is facilitated through a combination of online and classroom sessions to provide added flexibility for families.

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

Extending Our Families Though UNITY

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

Contact information is listed below to learn more about the upcoming training classes in your area.

Region 1 
Counties:  Pennington
Contact: Kelly Turman at 605.343.2598 or toll-free 855.830.5062. Email: PRIDE@chssd.org

Region 2 
Counties:  Lawrence, Butte , Harding, Meade, Custer, Fall River, Bennett, Jackson
Contact: Kelly Turman at 605.343.2598 or toll-free 855.830.5062. Email: PRIDE@chssd.org

Region 3 
Counties:  Haakon, Hughes, Hyde, Jones, Stanley, Sully, Campbell, Corson, Perkins, Potter, Walworth, Dewey, Ziebach
Contact: Kelly Turman at 605.343.2598 or toll-free 855.830.5062. Email: PRIDE@chssd.org

Region 4    
Counties:   Mellette, Todd
Contact:   Stana Green at 605.856.4489   Email: stana.green@state.sd.us
Counties:    Gregory, Tripp, Brule, Buffalo, Lyman
Contact:  Theresa Harris at 605.842.0400  Email: theresa.harris@state.sd.us 

Region 5
Counties:  Beadle, Faulk, Hand, Jerauld, Sanborn, Spink,   Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Roberts, Brown, Edmunds, Marshall, McPherson,  Brookings, Kingsbury, Lake, Miner, Moody
Contact: Jessica Tribble at 605.965.3189 or toll-free 844.344.9482. Email: prideeast@chssd.org

Region 6
Counties:  Minnehaha and Lincoln     
Contact: Jessica Tribble at 605.965.3189 or toll-free 844.344.9482.Email: prideeast@chssd.org

Region 7
Counties:  Aurora, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, McCook, Charles Mix, Bon Homme, Hutchinson, Yankton, Clay, Southern Lincoln, Turner, Union
Contact: Jessica Tribble at 605.965.3189 or toll-free 844.344.9482.Email: prideeast@chssd.org

Sicangu Child and Family Services, Mission
Contact: Kathy Black Bear at 605.856.4855. Email: kblackbear@rstscfs.org