Kansas Foster and Adopt Parent Training Classes Posted Date:  03/23/15

Newly scheduled classes for the Kansas program licensing caregivers
interested in foster parenting called "TIPS-MAPP" in many
Saint Francis service areas across the state.

These classes prepare you to make an informed decision about becoming
a resource for children in foster care or our adoption program.
You'll develop skills necessary to stabilize a kid who has seen
challenging situations within their homes, possibly abuse and often neglect.

Be a model to the parents of these children by showing
effective parenting and discipline.
Be a model of communication, self esteem, health, and well-being
to children in the foster system so they know they can
be successful emotionally, behaviorally, professionally- actually, in... every way.

MAPP classes are the first step to becoming a Saint Francis Community Services
Foster Parent. Below is a list of dates on which the 1st of each 10 week course is held.
Must attend all classes. Call your worker for details and registration information - 866-999-1599

March 24, Wichita office 4155 E. Harry
March 31, Hays First United Methodist Church 305 W 7th
April 9, Hutchinson 501N. Monroe
April 16, Wichita 4155 E. Harry
April 23, Salina 1813 S. Ohio
May 4, Wichita 4155 E. Harry
May 5, Junction City 1013A West 8th
May 7, Wellington 1421 W. 8th
June 1, Great Bend 1508 Main
June 10, Manhattan 222 Southwind Place
All classes are from 6-9 p.m.



Oklahoma Parent Support Group Schedule Posted Date:  01/27/15
Christian Chapel Church
7807 E. 76th Street
Tulsa, OK
is kind enough to open their doors in 2015
Our Bridge Family Support Groups
meet once each month and start at 6:30
(come early for meet and greet at 6!)
Here's the dates and topics:

February 24 - Life Books
March 24 - Bridge, with a presentation from a current Saint Francis family
April 28 - Siblings
May 26 - Foster Parent Appreciation!
June 23 - Survival Behaviors
July 28 - Visitation Behaviors
August 25 - Bridge Back To School
September 22 - Trauma
October 27 - Policy and Procedures

Each adult household member that attends receives 
1 credit hour towards the annual training requirement
and a certificate of completion

Child care and food provided

Plan to attend and see you there!

New dates added - Oklahoma Bridge Family Training Posted Date:  01/18/15

#Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services' pre-service resource parent training, Guiding Principles for Oklahoma Bridge Resource Families teaches foster and adoptive parents to understand how to work with the child’s birth family towards the goal of reunification; and, if reunification fails, Bridge is committed to raising/parenting the child.

This approach views foster care as a service provided to the child’s entire family. The resource families will meet both foster and adoptive program criteria; come from the same community as the child; and be willing to accept and agree to visitation and other types of contact with siblings, extended family and other important people in the child’s life.

Register today and call 918-488-0163
all classes at our Tulsa office:
7320 Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK 74136

Sat., Jan 24, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and again Thurs., Feb. 19
Session 1 "Children in Care"
Session 2 "Bridge Practice"
Session 3 "Culture and Connections"

Sat., Feb. 7 and Feb. 20
Session 4 "Understanding Development and Trauma"
Session 5 "Becoming More Trauma-Informed"
Session 6 "Positive Discipline"

Sat., Feb 21 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Session 7 "Crisis Intervention"
Session 8 "Characteristics of Successful Families"
Session 9 "Tying It All Together: Safety, Permanence, and Well-Being"

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