TIPS-MAPP Training

After you attend an information session, completing your TIPS-MAPP training classes will be the next important step in your journey as a foster and/or adoptive parent. TIPS-MAPP stands for Trauma Informed 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 people working together on behalf of each child.

Benefits of TIPS-MAPP

TIPS-MAPP is a 30-hour, interactive group format led by a team of two facilitators. The team includes an experienced foster or adoptive parent and an experienced social worker employed in the foster care or adoption field.

You’ll learn firsthand the challenges and rewards of becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent, and your TIPS-MAPP leaders will help you decide how your expectations and abilities match the realities of becoming a foster or adoptive family.

The benefits of TIPS-MAPP:

  • Learning how to build positive relationships with birth parents and families
  • Understanding the commitment it takes to ensure the well-being of children placed in your care
  • Learning the importance of keeping close connections between children and their birth families
  • Understanding behavioral problems a child may experience
  • Understanding the foster care system
  • Thinking about the impact fostering and adoption may have on your own family

Profile forms

As you probably know by now, this journey to become a foster or adoptive parent does require a lot of paperwork! One important set of forms you'll be filling out during your 10 weeks of required TIPS-MAPP training are the TIPS-MAPP profile forms.

The TIPS-MAPP Profiles are a tool for families to provide a detailed written description of themselves, in their own words. They are structured to help you focus on specific areas important to your fostering and/or adoption decision. They're also a tool for your licensing specialist to help you assess your strengths and needs. 

You'll receive these profiles at TIPS-MAPP meeting 1. If you'd rather complete them electronically then handwrite them, you can download them below.  A description of each profile will help you choose and complete the ones applicable to your family. Please print and bring your completed profiles to TIPS-MAPP meeting 3.

You may be thinking "I'd love to get a head start on these forms and get them done right away." We love your enthusiasm, but this will not speed up the process for you and actually makes it more challenging for us. Please wait until after you attend your first TIPS-MAPP training session to start this paperwork. Following these steps in order will make it a lot easier! 

Important Tip: First, download the file to your documents folder. Then open the file from your documents folder to fill out and save the form. If you are using a public computer, be sure to delete the file once you are complete. To download Adobe Reader for compatibility, click here.)

TIPS-MAPP General Family Profile
Each family completes one of these.
Prospective Parent Personal Profile
Each prospective parent applicant completes one of these individually.
Profile for Couples
Two parent households with or without children currently living at home complete one of these.
Profile for Single Persons
Single applicant households with or without children currently living at home complete one of these.
Profile for a Child over age 12
One profile for each child to complete currently living in the home over the age of 12.
Profile for a Child under age 12
One profile for each child to complete currently in the home under the age of 12.
My Child Now
Parent will complete one each for each child currently living at home.