Your PS-MAPP Journey
Completing your PS-MAPP training classes will be an important step in your journey as a foster and/or adoptive parent. PS-MAPP stands for Partnering for Permanence and Safety: Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting.
Your training classes will prepare you to make an informed decision about becoming a foster or adoptive family. Families who make informed decisions and grow in their new roles work best with agencies, birth families and others. This teamwork and partnership is what helps children and youth have stability and permanence within a family. You will be part of a team of many individuals working together to create solutions based on the unique needs of each child.
Benefits of PS-MAPP
You will learn firsthand the challenges and rewards of becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent, and your PS-MAPP leaders will help you decide how your expectations and abilities match the realities of becoming a foster or adoptive family. Here are some of the benefits of PS-MAPP:
Helping resource parents build positive relationships with birth parents and families.
Supporting resource families' understanding of the commitment necessary to ensure the well-being of children placed in their care.
Emphasizing the importance of maintaining close connections between children and their birth families.
Providing understanding of behavioral problems the child may experience.
Helping resource families understand the dynamics of the foster care system.
Help parents assess the impact fostering and adoption may have on their own families.
PS-MAPP is a 30-hour, interactive group format led by a team of two facilitators. The team includes an experienced resource parent and an experienced foster/adoptive licensing home study worker.
Classes are completed in 3-hour sessions, one session each week. Each meeting is geared toward a specific topic that helps prepare participants for foster care and adoption. These topics include the following:
- Welcome to the PS-MAPP Group Preparation and Selection Program
- Where the MAPP Leads: A Foster Care and Adoption Experience
- Losses and Gains: The Need To Be A Loss Expert
- Helping Children With Attachments
- Helping Children Learn to Manage Their Behaviors
- Helping Children with Birth Family Connections
- Gains and Losses: Helping Children Leave Foster Care
- Understanding the Impact of Fostering and Adopting
- Perspectives in Fostering and Adopting-Teamwork and Partnership
- Endings and Beginnings
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