Trauma Informed PS - MAPP (TIPS-MAPP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Prospective foster and adoptive families in both public and private agencies

Brief Description

TIPS-MAPP is a 30-hour preparation and selection program for prospective foster and adoptive parents. Each component of TIPS-MAPP is designed to enable participants to develop ability and skills to be effective and satisfied foster parents or adoptive parents, as well as to assess their willingness and readiness to assume the roles. Additionally, the components provide the agency with information for the family's decision-making. The TIPS-MAPP is designed to help prospective adoptive and foster families develop abilities that are essential for foster parents to promote children's safety, permanence and well-being. These families are supported through a mutual selection process, which emphasizes open communication and trust between prospective foster families, adoptive families and child welfare workers, using common criteria for assessment and a problem-solving approach to areas of concern. The TIPS-MAPP approach emphasizes shared decision making, problem solving and mutual selection, all of which are integral to building mutual trust and teamwork.

TIPS-MAPP evolved from PS-MAPP which was updated in 2013, with the guidance of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), to include trauma-informed practice methods. PS-MAPP was a comprehensive preparation and selection program for foster and/or adoptive parents developed after the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act in 1997. PS-MAPP was created out of consultations with the National Foster Parent Association Board of Directors and out of years of experience with the MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) family of programs.

Program Goals:

The goals of Trauma Informed PS-MAPP (TIPS-MAPP) are:

  • Foster and adoptive parents meet the developmental and well-being needs of children and youth coming into foster care, or being adopted through foster care
  • Foster and adoptive parents meet the safety needs of children and youth coming into foster care, or being adopted through foster care
  • Foster and adoptive parents share parenting with a child's family
  • Foster and adoptive parents support concurrent planning for permanency
  • Foster and adoptive parents meet their family's needs in ways that assure a child's safety and well-being

Contact Information

Denise Gibson, MA
Title: Training Director
Agency/Affiliation: Children’s Alliance of Kansas
Department: National MAPP Program
Phone: (785) 235-5437 x102
Fax: (785) 235-8697

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2013