Kansas Foster Adopt Care Training

As the needs of children in foster care and adoptive placement continually grow more challenging, persons wishing to become adoptive or foster parents need a complete understanding of their roles along with the rights and obligations that accompany the delivery of foster care services. For foster parents this partnership requires fulfilling tasks as diverse as helping a child go home or becoming that child’s adoptive parent.

Both Kansas and Missouri licensure requires:

  1. Background and financial checks on every adult living in your home.
  2. Your home to meet minimum size and safety considerations.
  3. A home study that includes extensive information about your family.

TIPS – MAPP Training

TIPS – MAPP stands for Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting Program. This training consists of:

  1. Ten 3 hour sessions (called meetings) held weekly.
  2. Each session includes a couple of hours of homework.
  3. Only two sessions total (1 each by a two-parent home) can be missed.
  4. At least two 2+ hour home consultations with your trainers (2 trainers)
  5. Each component is designed to enable participants to develop ability and skills to be effective and satisfied foster parents or adoptive parents, as well as to assess their willingness and readiness to assume the roles. Additionally, the components provide the agency with information for the family’s decision-making.

Classes are scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 15, with an orientation/informational session. These classes are mandatory and must be completed before you may be considered for placement of children through foster care or adoption, or to participate in Respite Care. The training is provided by KVC Behavioral HealthCare at no cost to participants and classes will be offered at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 12501 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS.

Class Schedule

June 15
June 22
June 27
July 3
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 3
August 10

If you have questions or wish to enroll, please contact Hannah Mabie.

Deciding Together

Deciding Together is a part of Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) and promotes teamwork among foster parents, adoptive parents and agency staff. Deciding Together can be used with families who cannot participate in a group process because of their schedules. Deciding Together is flexible enough to meet the needs of the family and the agency.

  1. Accommodate 1-3 families at a time (up to 6 people, if all 3 are 2-parent homes).
  2. Is a self-study course with a couple completing a workbook (6 total) together between sessions.
  3. Seven (2-3 hour) sessions held, at a minimum, 7 days apart with a single trainer to go over the material and family’s responses together.
  4. All participants must be prepared before each session.
  5. At least one of the sessions must be held in each family’s home.

Frequently Asked Questions about Foster Care in Kansas

Visit the Children’s Alliance for an overview of fostering and adopting in Kansas.

Want to learn more about Kansas Foster Adopt?

Email Colonial’s Foster Adopt Coordinator, Hannah Mabie, HERE