The Community College Foundation's Permanence and Safety-Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP) workshops support achieving permanent and safe homes for children in foster care by providing a process to help educate and support committed potential resource (foster/adoptive) families from the childrens' communities.
With 10% of the nation's children in foster care in Los Angeles County, it is important that committed, well-trained resource (foster and adoptive) families be recruited and supported in the communities from which children are coming into placement to ensure the overall well-being of the child. The Community College Foundation has provided pre-service training to over 11,000 potential resource parents since 1989. TCCF is currently using the nationally recognized PS-MAPP curriculum (revised in 2006) to meet the needs of Los Angeles County. The PS-MAPP workshops support achieving permanency for children by providing a process to help screen, target and support committed potential resource families to provide nurturing alternate homes for children. The PS-MAPP program emphasizes teamwork between resource families, birth families and other stakeholders to create a solution that takes into consideration the unique needs of each child.
Productive relationships, community involvement, and cultural sensitivity
essential for the child's well-being!
The PS-MAPP program supports maintaining the family and community connections essential for the positive well-being of the child. The benefits of the PS-MAPP program include:
PS-MAPP is a 33-hour, interactive group format led by a team of three facilitators. The team includes an experienced resource parent, a trainer from the community and a children's social worker from the Department of Children and Family Services. Workshops are available at various community colleges and community based agencies in cities throughout Los Angeles County in English and Spanish.
The PS-MAPP workshop is completed in 3-hour intervals. Each meeting is geared towards a specific topic which educates participants in order to ensure successful placements for children. These topics include the following:
NORTH REGIONOUR FAMILY COMES FIRST AGENCY - SPA 1
LOS ANGELES MISSION COLLEGE - SPA 2
SOUTH REGIONEAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE - SPA 7
CERRITOS COLLEGE - SPA 7
LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE- SPA 8
LOS ANGELES HARBOR COLLEGE - SPA 8
EL CAMINO COLLEGE - SPA 8
EAST REGIONPASADENA CITY COLLEGE- SPA 3
CITRUS COLLEGE- SPA 3
LOS ANGELES TRADE-TECH - SPA 4
WEST REGIONLOS ANGELES SOUTHWEST COLLEGE - SPA 6
EL CAMINO COLLEGE - COMPTON CENTER - SPA 6
“PS-MAPP has been a rewarding job and I am pleased to work in the capacity as a
College Trainer to prepare potential Foster/Adoptive parents to provide a permanent home for
children who definitely deserve to have one.”
Kishaa-Amin Smith - College Trainer
“I personally choose to train because I want to impart what I myself have learned and am learning going through the Fost/Adopt process. This is a difficult process emotionally, so prospective parents need all the support they can get to make it through and to support a healthier child. PS-MAPP gives us reasons to consider the child's perspective as we make decisions with building our families.”
Kathleen Boss - Resource Parent Trainer
“The trainers were welcoming and answered questions freely. They provided solutions to the questions as well as allowed class members to share their knowledge equally. They combined humor with learning therefore making it an interesting and comfortable environment to be in.”
“(It was) very friendly, reassuring and non-threatening. I really felt like they wanted to help us become good adoption parents.”
“I am very passionate about teaching MAPP to prospective foster and adoptive parents. It is an honor to help these families develop the skill they require to meet the needs of our children in foster care.”
Anonymous DCFS Social Worker