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 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI) 

​Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI) focuses on prevention by helping deescalate the situation through recognizing the early stages. During the training participants will be presented with skills and will have time in class to practice together. During the training participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize behaviour that may be the beginning of a crisis.
  • Respond to different behaviour to deescalate a situation.
  • Use verbal and nonverbal communication to resolve a crisis before the situation becomes violent.
  • Cope with own fears and anxieties.
  • Find the appropriate time to physically intervene.
  • Use the progression of a holding technique to help handle aggressive behaviour in the least restrictive and safest approach.
  • Properly document the incident.


 Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education  (PRIDE) 


Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) educates potential foster families and adopted parents on how to meet the needs of the child. PRIDE teaches parents how to take care of a child using therapeutic techniques. Some topics that PRIDE goes over with potential foster families and adopted parents are attachment, loss, child development, neglect, abuse, the importance of connections, cultural and racial awareness. PRIDE is designed to be interactive, where participants share skills and experiences to benefit each other. This is commonly where most potential foster families and adopted parents realize how it may be like to raise a child who has been through abuse or trauma. We have gotten great feed back from people who have finished PRIDE. 

Home Study Interview

There are many different interviews during this portion. There are several interviews where the potential foster parents will meet together (if applicable) with the professional team. There will also be one on one interviews and interviews with children (3 years or older) who already live in the home. In some cases, family and friends will be interview if they are frequently in the household. In the past, people have expressed that they think this portion is very hard and can feel like they are on trial. The professional team is trying to get to know you and see what type of child/youth will benefit from your household.

“We really believe that to make a difference in a child or youths life is to be your real authentic self” Scott Heggie
We are hoping that new foster parents will use this time to reflect, will be willing to grow, and be ready to make mistakes. These interviews can become personal extremely quickly. There are very few deal breakers. The professional team is committed to your growth in training and will always be there to support you along the way.  

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Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE)

Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) is an effective and systematic way to evaluate the potential foster families and adopted parents home. The evaluation is a walk through check of the inside and outside of the house. The inspector is not there to judge your way of living. During the evaluation the inspector is looking for the home to be clean, medication is locked up, that there are smoke detectors on every floor and work, the house has a fire evacuation plan, the potential foster child has a bedroom to themselves with a working window and a proper bed, etc. This evaluation can feel intrusive. The professional team is here to help you prepared for the structured analysis family evaluation (SAFE) before it happens.