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TIPS-MAPP - CT's new pre-licensing training

Mapp logoTrauma Informed Partnering For Safety and Permanence – Model Approach To Partnerships In Parenting

TIPS-MAPP is often viewed as a pre-service training, when in actuality it is a model program that utilizes 15 tools designed to help prospective adoptive/foster parents understand the difference between the desire to help and making the commitment to bring children into their home. Leader’s use the tools to help inform participants about the child welfare system and the role of foster parents, develop the necessary skills to become a successful foster/adoptive parent and assess families to determine if they are a positive fit for the role of a foster parent and for their agency.

-from the MAPP website

View PDF: TIPS-MAPP overview of the training curriculum.

**New** Parenting Your Adopted Teenager

parent_teenager_page_1cwig“During the teenage years, youth form an identity that is separate from their parents and begin to learn adult life skills. Adoption adds complexity to the normal developmental tasks of teenagers, regardless of the age they were adopted. This factsheet is designed to help you, the adoptive parent, understand your adopted teenager’s experiences and needs so you can respond with practical strategies that foster healthy development. These strategies include approaches that acknowledge trauma and loss, support effective communication, promote a teen’s independence, and address behavioral and mental health concerns.” from CWIG

Download PDF: Parenting Your Adopted Teenager

***New*** Brief on Brain Development

brain developmentApril 2015: Issue Brief from Child Welfare Information Gateway – “In recent years, there has been a surge of research into early brain development. Neuro-imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), provide increased insight about how the brain develops and how early experiences affect that development.One area that has been receiving increasing research attention involves the effects of abuse and neglect on the developing brain, especially during infancy and early childhood. Much of this research is providing biological explanations for what practitioners have long been describing in psychological, emotional, and behavioral terms. There is now scientific evidence of altered brain functioning as a result of early abuse and neglect. This emerging body of knowledge has many implications for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.”

Download and read the entire brief here: Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development

Learn more about Foster Care and Adoption Licensing

family matters

Kids in every Connecticut community need families to help them grow up.

Foster families are needed for sibling groups, teens, and children with complex medical issues. Become a foster or adoptive parent and help these children learn to hope….

Hope for stability…

Hope for a brighter future….

Hope for the love and support of a family…

You can bring hope to a child.

Learn more about foster care and adoption in Connecticut and how you can help by attending an information meeting (Open House). Pre-registration suggested but walk-ins always welcome!

Date: November 14, 2015

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Place: Annie C Courtney Foundation
211 Schraffts Dr., Waterbury

Ample parking available in lower lot.

Visit our calendar for more information meeting (open house) dates.


Relatives As Parents Support Group

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Please note: There are no evening support group during July and August. September’s special guest: Karen Annis from the Adoption Assistance Program, who will present on the supports and services available to kinship families.

Foster Care Alumni Meeting

Please contact Precious Price at the email above if you would be interested in hosting or attending a meeting local to you. We are working on forming groups in Hartford, and New Haven and would be open to adding other towns if the interest is strong enough.

Parenting Classes

ACCF Beyond Consequences brochure 0714_Page_1Based on the parenting model developed by Heather Forbes, LCSW, in her best-selling book, Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control, this trauma-informed parenting course, taught by Sue Plowman, “invites parents and caregivers to step into our child’s internal world, and demonstrates how to respond to them with love.”

Designed to assist parents of children who have experienced trauma and loss, this scientifically-based model relies on helping the child become self-regulated, and more cooperative. “Parenting a child with a traumatic history is about learning to interpret the child’s reactions to past experiences from a place of compassion, understanding and love. – Heather Forbes, LCSW

This opportunity can fundamentally change your relationship with your troubled child. A ground-breaking approach to parenting, Heather Forbes’ approach has helped many foster, adoptive and kinship families find stability and healing. You can take your family from a place of drama and chaos to a place of healing and peace.

Sue Plowman, M.S., is a clinician and a certified Beyond Consequences trainer. Sue specializes in providing individual and group services in a safe, non-judgmental, warm and supportive setting to families and individuals whose lives have been touched by foster care, kinship care and adoption. Click here to download spring brochure to learn more: ACCF Beyond Consequences brochure Fall 2015 amended Classes run 5 weeks and are offered once a week during the evening in our Waterbury office.
Sign up for fall classes now. Class begins on Tuesday, October 13 and continues weekly ending on November 17 (skipping Election Day). Questions? Call 475-235-2184 or email us: Payment for classes is due and payable prior to class. We offer three easy payment methods: check, cash or Paypal.

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