Butler County Times Gazette
  • Foster parents needed, free course offered

  • Foster parents needed in Butler County
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  • EL DORADO, KS – Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting Thursday, Oct. 24, in El Dorado.
    The course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP) is designed to help persons make an informed decision about becoming a resource family for children in foster care or adoption programs. The State of Kansas requires that all potential foster parents complete PS-MAPP training.
    There is a significant need for new foster homes throughout Butler County. About 120 Butler County children are in foster care, but nearly 60 of those children must stay in homes outside the county because there aren’t enough local foster families to accommodate them. At least 32 new foster families are needed to help house local children closer to home.
    The PS-MAPP program provides information and skill development for prospective foster parents and helps them gain a better understanding of the needs of children in foster care. Course participants are also given information about resources for foster parents, parenting techniques and available support services.
    Persons interested in learning more about the class can do so by calling 316-322-3037, ext. 109, or by going online to HYPERLINK "http://www.st-francis.org" www.st-francis.org.
     
    Saint Francis Community Services is a donor-supported, faith-based, child and family, community-based service provider that has been a voice of hope for children and families since 1945. Our mission is to be an instrument of healing for children, youths, and families in spirit, mind, and body, so they live responsibly and productively with purpose and hope. For more information about Saint Francis, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.st-francis.org" t "_blank" www.st-francis.org or call 1-800-423-1342.
     
     

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