Foster Families; Did you know?
The importance of Trust
Part 2 of 9
In the series we are looking at the importance of trust. How such a simple word is a basic need in building a solid foundation in any relationship. We were talking about receiving information regarding becoming a foster parent and a website that explains this process. However, the website continues to describe how potential foster parents will have the opportunity to get to know the agency; they will get to know you.
Training; while the home study is underway, you will attend an 8-10 week Model Approach to Parenting Preparation (MAPP) training. Through MAPP you will improve your parenting skills and assess your own strengths as a foster parent. You will learn how to work with birth parents and how to help children adjust to their temporary home. You will also learn about the subsidies you will receive for the care of the child and you will find out about your rights and responsibilities as a foster parent.
Doe this not sound like a great idea? Of course it does. Now lets take a look at the training offered.
Many counties and agencies use the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting/Group Preparation and Selection (MAPP/GPS) Pre-Certification Training Program. Although it is not required by the Office of Children and Family Services, it is the recommended selection and preparation program.
The MAPP approach to foster parenting encourages open communication and trust among foster families, adoptive families, birth families and casework staff.
The MAPP program examines 12 criteria or skills necessary for successful foster/adoptive parenting. Through role-playing, personal profiles, and other techniques, the homefinder and the applicant make mutual decisions about foster parenting.
For inquisitve minds Link
Note; let us look clsely at the objectives of the MAPP training? We will cover this a little bit later on in this series.
Objectives of the training for prospective foster and adoptive parents are:
- Learning what to expect and what services are available.
- Looking at one’s own strengths and needs
- Developing skills in giving love and attention to a troubled child.
- Learning about stages of child development
- Helping children manage behavior.
- Understanding the roles and responsibilities of teamwork
- Helping foster parents develop a good understanding of the child’s parents.
In addition to the MAPP/GPS training provided to new and prospective foster parents, in some agencies, a Mini-MAPP training program is available to existing foster parents so that they too can learn the approach. Link