TIPS-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.

In early 2015, Connecticut Department of Children and Families formally adopted TIPS-MAPP as the statewide pre-service 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 designed to help them make an informed decision about becoming foster or adoptive parents. All Connecticut child-placing agencies working in the foster care system now utilize this “shared decision-making approach” to training model. The team-centered training requires a minimum commitment of 10 weeks, once a week. Classes typically run for three hours. Most classes across the state occur on a weeknight, however, some agencies partner together to provide Saturday classes. If you reside in a two-parent household, both adults are required to attend class. It is not recommended that parents attend separately.

Please note: Licensed relative (kinship) caregivers and special study families may be exempt from this training curriculum, however, they will be required to attend a separate class with a curriculum designed to meet their needs and the needs of children who will be (or who are) living with them.