Kansas Foster Family Training and Support

KVC offers training and support to educate foster families and help assist in the process of transitioning children into new homes.

In Kansas, parents must complete 30 hours of free training in Partnering for Safety and Permanency – Model Approach for Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP). Once licensed, foster parents are required to have a minimum of 16 continuing education units (CEUs) annually, depending upon the severity of the special needs of the foster children in their care.
 
PS-MAPP is a free comprehensive preparation and selection program for foster families required by the state of Kansas for anyone wanting to become a licensed foster family. A certified team of professional staff and experienced foster parents lead a series of 10 sessions that meet once a week for three hours, for a total of 30 hours of training.  PS-MAPP is required for everyone living in the home, 18 years old and above, who will be sharing parenting responsibilities. This process presents an opportunity for participants to make informed decisions about their willingness and readiness to become foster parents, and they will learn:
  • To work in partnership for the best interest of the children
  • The reasons children come into foster care and the feeling and behaviors they bring with them
  • The different roles of foster parents and effective parenting skills
  • How children cope with the loss of family
  • How trust is developed and attachments are built
  • How to help children build self-esteem
  • The importance of supporting the child’s connections to his or her past and how vital it is to be sensitive to a child’s kin, culture and community
We also offer an annual Resource Family Conference for foster families at KVC. This conference gives families an opportunity to network, receive CEUs and enjoy a weekend in Kansas City with their families.