Mapp logo foster care trainingTrauma Informed Partnering For Safety and Permanence – Model Approach To Partnerships In Parenting – Foster Care Training

Foster care training is a necessary step to caring for children in CT.
“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.

Resources for Families Caring for Older Youth

Resources and Information for Families with Older Youth

Adolescents in Care Bill of Rights and ExpectationsThe Department of Children and Families (DCF) recognizes the importance of honoring and upholding the rights of youth in the foster care system. This Bill of Rights and Expectations is intended to guide the Department, foster parents and care providers as well as ensure that the permanency, safety, well-being and basic needs of adolescent youth in the foster care system are consistently met… Click here to Download PDF

Parenting Your Adopted Teen –  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 fact sheet 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… Click here to Download PDF

Supporting LGBT YouthLike all young people, LGBTQ youth in foster care need the support of a nurturing family to help them negotiate Teens Matter Foster Careadolescence and grow into healthy adults. However, LGBTQ youth in foster care face additional challenges. These include the losses that brought them into care in the first place, as well as traumas they may have suffered while in foster care. They also include stressors unique to LGBTQ youth…. Click here to Download PDF

Ten Things Youth Want Child Welfare Professionals To Know – …adopted youth and youth in foster care shared their experiences and developed their ideas into tips for child welfare workers. This NRCPFC resource highlights their recommendations for workers when engaging youth in foster care. Click here to Download PDF

Help Me to Succeed – A Guide for Supporting Youth In Foster Care to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Youth in foster care, in particular, are at a significant risk of teen pregnancy. For instance, a teen girl in foster care is 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant by age 19 than her adolescent peers not in foster care. Also, approximately half of 21-year-old males transitioning out of foster care reported getting a partner pregnant compared to 19 percent of their non-foster care peers… Download Help Me to Succeed here.


The Dignity Project

familyLearn more about Foster Care & Adoption Licensing

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 a two-hour information meeting. Pre-registration suggested but walk-ins always welcome!
Adults only, please.

Date: December 3, 2016

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.

Groups and Events

Adoption Fair – November 5


Foster Care Alumni Meeting

Please contact Deb Kelleher 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.

At this time monthly meetings are being held at our Waterbury office on the 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm as long as we receive RSVPs. Check our calendar for details.