RESOURCES FOR CHURCHES

The idea of a foster care ministry or movement may seem daunting to churches, but it doesn't have to be.  There is a framework in place, and we just get to be the heart of Christ - presenting the Need so that people have the opportunity to respond.  Fostering Joy can help your church take the next step.

 
  KANSAS FOSTER CARE

KANSAS FOSTER CARE

What does it take to become a Kansas foster parent?

  1. Completion of the TIPS-MAPP training course.

  2. Background check on every adult living in your home.

  3. Your home must meet minimum size and safety considerations.

  4. A home study that includes information about your family.

In Kansas foster care is "privatized." That means that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) contracts with agencies to manage the day-to-day care of children in foster care with DCF oversight.  The contracting agencies are St. Francis for the western half, and KVC for the east.  Kansas requires, and provides free of charge, a 10 week course to allow people to begin the process of becoming a licensed foster home.  The course is called: Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence: A Part of Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) that is taught by a certified instructor.

Currently, there are new pilot programs that offer this same 30 hour course withing 2 weekends, or a 5-week format two nights a week. 

Your church can be a host site for a TIPS-MAPP class, or you can combine with another church.  We can help you determine your church needs, best class format, and connect you with an instructor.   Email justin@fosteringjoy.net or contact Justin Oberndorfer at 913-449-4922.  

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  MISSOURI FOSTER CARE

MISSOURI FOSTER CARE

What does it take to be a Missouri Foster Parent?

  1. Completion of the STARS training course.

  2. Background check on every adult living in your home.

  3. Your home must meet minimum size and safety considerations.

  4. A home study that includes information about your family.

All prospective foster parents in Missouri must complete STARS before a child can be placed within their home. STARS/Spaulding Adopt Curriculum (frequently called “pre-service” training) Stands for Specialized Training, Assessment, Resources, Support and Skills). 

  1. Foster/adopt parents must successfully complete 27 hours of training. There are nine STARS sessions, each of which is three hours in length. More than one session can occur a day, however, the nine sessions are to be taught over a minimum of three (3) dates.

  2. Ten hours of assessment interwoven with the training (2-3 home consultations).

  3. Foster and kinship care providers wanting to adopt must take an additional 12 hours of STARS, Making the Commitment to Adoption (Spaulding) Pre-service training.

  4. All STARS and Spaulding sessions are co-taught by a professional staff member of the agency/contracted provider and an experienced, currently licensed, professional foster/adoptive parent.

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