Blinn’s Emergency Medical Services Student Association will host free first aid and CPR training for individuals applying to foster or adopt children on Saturday, October 24. The free training, led by Blinn Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Director Zach Varner, will take place from 9am to 2pm in Room 3541 in Clinical Building 1 of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, 8441 Highway 47 in Bryan.
Seats for the training are limited. RSVP by Wednesday, October 21, to Benjamin Glade at Benjamin.email@example.com or (979) 774-6776 to reserve a spot.
Foster and adoptive parents are required by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to attend Parent Resource Information Development Education (PRIDE) courses before taking a child into their home. PRIDE provides prospective parents with foundational knowledge on caring for children in the child welfare system and covers topics such as child attachment, loss and grief, discipline and behavior intervention, effects of abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and the effects of fostering and adopting on a family.
In addition to PRIDE, families must also obtain universal precautions training, psychotropic medication training, and certification in both first aid and CPR.
The opportunity to offer free first aid and CPR training is close to Varner’s heart, as he is working through the process to adopt a child his family is fostering.
“Having this training and involving Blinn’s EMS students means a lot to me,” Varner says. “This is a small way the EMS Program can help individuals looking to foster or adopt so that more people are able to open their homes to children in need.”
Glade, a representative with the DFPS, says free training can be monumental to parents working through the foster and adoption processes.
“Becoming a foster or adoptive parent is a long, drawn out process,” he says. “Parents usually have to foot the bill for this kind of certification, which can cost anywhere from $30 to $150 per parent. Any offset cost really works for their benefit. And not only that, but parents get to connect with other adoptive parents and form really important relationships.”