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Learn more about CT's new Pre-Licensing Training Model

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.

Sometime this spring, Connecticut will formally adopt TIPS-MAPP as the statewide model for anyone planning to foster or adopt a CT child or youth in need of out-of-home care. Prospective parents will attend classes to help them make an informed decision about becoming foster or adoptive parents.

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect

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“Children who have been abused or neglected need safe and nurturing relationships that address the effects of child maltreatment. This factsheet from The Child Welfare Information Gateway is intended to help parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers better understand the challenges of caring for a child who has experienced maltreatment and learn about the resources available for support.”

Click here for link to PDF

Understanding the Effects of Trauma on Brain Development

brainThis webpage of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information on brain development and the effects of abuse and neglect on that development. The information is designed to help parents and professionals understand the emotional, mental, and behavioral impact of early abuse and neglect in children who come to the attention of the child welfare system.

Check out a link to their website here.

Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.

The Network is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services through a congressional initiative: the Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative.

***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 welcomed!

Date: July 11, 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

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For Kids
Building Blocks Club

Do you love to build with blocks?

Kids have the opportunity to use their best creativity to design buildings, creatures, and more using Lego and Mega blocks. They can work alone, or in a team with peers. Some months a theme is picked for the session and kids can build on that theme or build a creation of their own. At the end of each session, kids can put their creations on display on a table in the lobby for all to see until the next club is scheduled! This is a free program open to foster, adoptive and kinship families in Waterbury and nearby towns. Guardians must remain on premises during event. Call our office at 475.235.2184 for more information. Click here to download: Building Block Club 2014
Individual Counseling Services

Click here to learn more about our individual counseling services available to families and individuals touched by foster care, kinship care, and/or adoption.

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: AnnieC Beyond Consequences brochure Fall 2015 final Classes run 5 weeks and are offered once a week during the evening in our Waterbury office.
Sign up for fall 2015 classes soon. Classes begin September 29 and run 5 consecutive weeks.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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