Sign up for foster parent classes

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Those who are interested in becoming foster parents or adoptive parents still have time to sign up for the January preparation classes.

Natalie Pinson said DHR is issuing a plea to potential foster parents to come to their January group preparation and selection (GPS) classes.

GPS is a 30-hour course that allows potential foster/adoptive families an opportunity to understand the strengths and needs of children who have spent time in the foster care system.

During GPS sessions and through homework assignments, potential foster/adoptive parents are asked questions that allow families to assess their own strengths and allow the social worker to get to know the family and their strengths. The groups usually meet for three hours one evening per week for 10 weeks.

If you are married, both prospective parents are required to attend all sessions.

The next session will be held on Monday nights and will include the following topics:

Welcome to the group preparation and selection program;

Where the MAPP leads: A foster care and adoption experience;

Losses and gains: The need to be a loss expert;

Helping children with attachments;

Helping children learn to manage their behaviors;

Helping children with birth family connections;

Gains and losses: Helping children leave foster care;

Understanding the impact of fostering or adopting;

Perspectives in adoptive parenting and foster parenting; and

Endings and beginnings.

For more info, or to sign up call 334-427-7900.