Becoming a Foster Parent

You have the ability to forever shape a child’s life and to provide them with a future filled with opportunity. Embrace TFC has worked with countless individuals and families to provide them with the best tools and expertise to support our communities most vulnerable children. Join our family today! 

 
 

As an Embrace Foster Parent, you will be a vital part of our statewide effort to protect and care for children in need.  
 

  • Connect with us at Embrace TFC.
     

  • Review the information packet that we send to you once we connect.
     

  • Come in for an Information Session, where you learn more details, ask questions, and get connected with one of our recruiters.
     

  • Submit the application.
     

  • Begin state required curriculum training (PRIDE Training).
     

  • Complete a Home Study.
     

  • Complete additional classroom training (CPR, CPI, and Love and Logic training).

Information Session

  • Your first step in the fostering process.
     

  • Introduction and one-on-one face time with the Embrace TFC team.
     

  • A place to ask questions and get answers.
     

  • Where you’ll learn the basics of foster family requirements, and the detailed steps to move forward towards your first placement!

 
 

Application

  • After you connect with us, we will promptly send you a welcome packet and application.
     

  • Complete the pre-screen form and application.
     

  • Have yourself and any family members in your home complete a criminal background check. *It's important to be honest and careful when completing your applications so that questions don't come up that might delay or prevent your goal of becoming a foster family.

 

Trainings - PRIDE® 

  • PRIDE® is a curriculum developed and approved by the Child Welfare League of America.
     

  • Taught to all prospective families.
     

  • 24 hours of training, taught over a combination of weeknights and weekends over about a two-week period.
     

  • Contact us to see when PRIDE classes are being taught in an office near you.
     

  • Details about training can be found below.

All future families of Embrace are required to complete 24 hours of Pre-Service Training, also called PRIDE. This 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 training is broken down into nine sessions designed to strengthen the quality of family foster parenting and adoption services:

  • Session 1: Connecting with PRIDE
     

  • Session 2: Teamwork Towards Permanency
     

  • Session 3: Meeting Developmental Needs: Attachment
     

  • Session 4: Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss
     

  • Session 5: Strengthening Family Relationships
     

  • Session 6: Meeting Developmental Needs: Discipline
     

  • Session 7: Continuing Family Relationships
     

  • Session 8: Planning for Change

  • Session 9: Making an Informed Decision: Taking PRIDE
     

PRIDE's goals are to help:

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

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

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

Home Study

  • An Embrace representative meets with you and your family in your home.
     

  • We learn more about you, and review whether your home and lifestyle fit the needs of our children.
     

  • The goal of the home study is to learn more about you and establish transparency, trust, and understanding between foster parents and the Embrace TFC agency.

 
 

Trainings

 

CPR/First Aid

In partnership with the American Red Cross, all our foster parents receive CPR/First aid training and certification, allowing them to respond to cardiac, breathing, and common first aid emergencies.

 

CPI

All foster parents will go through Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training designed by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). The standard for crisis prevention and intervention training for over 35 years, the CPI equips our parents with proven strategies for safely defusing any anxious or hostile behavior in their foster children at the earliest possible stage.

 

LOVE AND LOGIC®

Love and Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. The Becoming a Love & Logic Parent® program is guided by five basic principles, each firmly grounded in research:

  1. Preserve and enhance the youth's self-concept.

  2. Teach youth how to own and solve the problems they create.

  3. Share the control and decision-making.

  4. Combine consequences with high levels of empathy and warmth.

  5. Build the adult-youth relationship.

A key component of the program involves giving parents and professionals a firm rationale for each of the above principles, as well as practical tools for following them.

 

Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages:
 

  • Raise responsible kids.
     

  • Have more fun in their role.
     

  • Easily and immediately (first use) change their children's behavior.

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