PLAINVILLE- Wheeler Clinic is offering a 10-week virtual course called TIPS-MAPP to prepare prospective foster parents and families who decide to make a lasting contribution in the life of a child or youth through foster care.
Classes for the TIPS-MAPP, Trauma-Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, will run Monday evenings from September 14 through November 16 from 6-8 p.m.
“TIPS-MAPP is a journey where participants explore their values and personal connection to children. It’s a place where people learn more about the foster care system in Connecticut and gain insight into the roles, challenges and experiences of social workers, foster parents and, most importantly, the hundreds of children in Connecticut who need loving homes and families,” said Sharon Pendleton-Ponzani, LCSW, director, Wheeler Community-based Family Services.
Wheeler’s team of specialists, social workers and clinicians will work closely with the foster families from the start and continue as supportive teammates throughout the fostering process.
“TIPS-MAPP participants explore loss, grief and forms of attachment, as well as how foster and adoptive families can help a child to not only heal from abuse, neglect, trauma and loss, but to grow and thrive,” Pendleton-Ponzani said.
Participants can be married, single or part of a domestic partnership. They can own or rent their homes. Parenting experience is a plus, but not required.
To register for Wheeler’s TIPS-MAPP course, contact Michelle Martins, Wheeler’s Foster Care Specialists at 860-707-5068, Allison Casinghino at 860-637-5586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by August 24.