Foster and adoptive parents training

About GIMK programme

GIMK programme is a training and consultancy programme for foster parents (guardians), carers on call, adoptive parents, the staff members of the Community Foster Home approved by the Order No BV-66 of the Director of the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of 1 June 2018. The programme consists of:

1. The Underlying training and consultancy programme for foster parents (guardians), carers on call, adoptive parents, the staff members of the Community Foster Home.

2. A Specialized training and consultancy programme for the individuals who seek to provide social care services and for the staff members of the Community Foster Home.

3. A programme of the preparation of close relatives for child custody.

4. A rolling training and consultancy programme for foster parents (guardians), carers on call, adoptive parents, the staff members of the Community Foster Home.

5. Questionnaire.

6. Additional measure about children with disabilities.

The individuals (staff members) certificated by the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour have the right to implement the programme. The programme for preparing foster parents and adoptive parents “Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education“ (PRIDE) has been implemented in Lithuania during the period from 2008 to 2018 as per the Contract entered into on 24 July 2007 by the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour with the US association Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) for the license of the PRIDE programme. From 2012 the PRIDE programme in Lithuania was renamed “Training and consultancy of foster parents (guardians) and adoptive parents” (GIMK).

The training of GIMK programme

1. The training as per the Underlying training and consultancy programme for foster parents (guardians), carers on call, adoptive parents, the staff members of the Community Foster Home (hereinafter referred to as the Basic training)
2. The training as per a Specialized training and consultancy programme for the individuals who seek to provide social care services and for the staff members of the Community Foster Home (hereinafter referred to as the Specialized training)
3. The training as per a programme of the preparation of close relatives for child custody.

4. The training as per a Rolling training and consultancy programme for foster parents (guardians), carers on call, adoptive parents, the staff members of the Community Foster Home (hereinafter referred to as the Further training).

An important principle of GIMK programme: everything starts with yourself. The individuals can talk openly during the training about their feelings during any particular practical task, find answers to many questions they have, evaluate whether they can become foster parents (guardians), carers on call or adoptive parents, and whether they have knowledge and skills necessary for this purpose.

The training of GIMK programme are for the individuals who intend to foster (take care for), adopt a child, to provide childcare services, for adoptive parents, foster parents (guardians), carers on call and the individuals who work in the Community Foster Home.

Further training of GIMK programme

For foster parents (guardians), carers on call, adoptive parents, the staff members of the Community Foster Home.

The Further training for carers on call, foster parents (guardians), adoptive parents and the individuals who work with children in the Community Foster Home. The main idea of this programme: encouraging continuous development and learning as well as sharing of common experiences among individuals in order to meet the needs of the children who are looked after, children in foster care (children under guardianship) or adopted children by giving as much attention to quality as possible. This programme aims to help individuals overcome difficulties and to support them.

The Further training programme consists of nine parts. Individuals are not obliged to attend all of the further training sessions. The individuals certificated by the Service organise the groups of the further training in a way which best suits the wishes and needs of the participants.

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