Start Your Journey to Becoming a Foster Parent
Virtual Information Session offered via Zoom
October 29, 2020 at 7 pm
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Meeting ID: 912 7636 0256
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TIPS-MAPP Inspiring Virtual Course Started
September 14, 2020
Winter 2020 Class Forming.
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Now more than ever, many of us are considering how to make a meaningful difference. If you find yourself wondering about how you can make a lasting contribution—and have an affinity for children and youth—consider becoming a Wheeler foster parent. Our 10-week virtual TIPS-MAPP, Trauma-Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting course will help get you started.
TIPS-MAPP is a journey where you will explore yourself, your family, your values, and your personal connection to children. It’s a place where you will learn more about the foster care system in Connecticut and gain insight into the roles, challenges, and experiences of social workers, foster parents, and most importantly, the hundreds of children and youth in Connecticut in need of loving homes and families. Wheeler’s TIPS-MAPP course covers a range of topics, including an overview of children in foster care, behaviors, loss and grief, strengths and needs, what families can expect when fostering a child or children, and more. Participants will virtually meet others who also are embarking on the foster care journey. There is no obligation to become a foster parent while attending the MAPP course.
Pre-registration is required by September 4, 2020.
Virtual Training on Monday Evenings
September 14, 2020: Welcome - About Our Program
September 21, 2020: A Foster Care & Adoption Experience
September 28, 2020: Losses & Gains
October 5, 2020: Helping Children with Attachments
October 12, 2020: Healthy Behaviors
October 19, 2020: Helping Children with Birth Family
October 26, 2020: Helping Children Leave Foster Care
November 2, 2020: The Impact of Fostering & Adopting
November 9, 2020: Perspectives in Fostering/Adoption
November 16, 2020: Endings & Beginnings
Ways to Help
Host a Foster Share Party
Hundreds of children and youth are in Connecticut’s foster care system on any given day. YOU can help. YOU can make a difference by hosting a Wheeler FOSTER-SHARE Party where you’ll help to connect Wheeler’s Foster Care Program with your friends, co-workers and community groups.We’ll come to your choice of venue, and we'll provide INFORMATION, FOOD and more.
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