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Office Location:

DSS Main Office
​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

West Charlotte Location
Community Resource Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000

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Mission  Statement:

"To provide top-notch training and consultation services to foster, adoptive, and kinship placement providers and the DSS staff who serve them."


​HOW TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
​Click here to learn more about Foster Home Licensing and Placement.
​PRE-SERVICE TRAINING
TIPPS-MAPP: Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence- Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting
This 10-week pre-service training serves as part of the mutual selection process and provides prospective foster/adoptive parents with the information needed to appropriately parent a child who has a history of trauma. Scenarios of real children who have been in foster care are presented and participants discuss/process the scenarios. 
​Deciding Together:  
  • One-on-one version of preparation and selection program for becoming a foster or adoptive family.
  • Trainers work with the families on a one-to-one basis during seven 2-hour consultations to make a mutual decision about the family's readiness to become a foster or adoptive family.
  • The parents will complete guidebooks independently based on the Trainer's direction. The material and activities in the workbooks align with the information presented in the TIPS-MAPP curriculum.
Caring For Your Own
Caring For Our Own Program is a ten week program delivered in a support group format. It is designed to provide kinship caregivers with assistance and ideas to help them work in partnership with the helping network, the children and the birth parents of the children.  Caring For Our Own is an alternative to TIPS-MAPP for kinship caregivers applying for licensure in North Carolina. 
NCSW Learn Foster Parent Orientation
*As part of the training requirement, the state requires completion of the online Foster Parent Orientation at www.NCSWLearn.org

​​REQUIRED PRE-SERVICE FORMS 
​MAPP profile packet
Foster Home Inspection Form
Mandatory Criminal History Check
RIL (DSS5268)
Medical Evalution Form
Medical History Form
Foster Care Electronic Release Form (for fingerprinting)

Please click here to schedule your fingerprinting appointment. 
​TRAINING CALENDAR
​2022 TIPS-MAPP 

​January 20th- March 24th                            6pm-9pm
April 6th- June 8th                                       6pm-9pm
​​June 22nd- August 24th                               6pm-9pm
​September 14th- November 16th|               6pm-9pm
Caring For Our Own
​January 20th- March 24                               6pm-9pm
​April 21st- June 23rd                                   6pm-9pm
​August 4th-October 6th                                6pm-9pm
RPC/Trauma
​January 26th- March 16th                        10am-12pm
​September 26th-November 14th                 6pm-8pm
​MAPP Recap:
​February 8th                                           6pm-8:30pm
​April 12th                                                 6pm-8:30pm
​June 14th                                                6pm-8:30pm
​August 9th                                               6pm-8:30pm
​October 11th                                           6pm-8:30pm
​December 14th                                       6pm-8:30pm
​CONTINUING EDUCATION 
​​Foster Parents are required to get 10 hours of continuing educaiton hours each year.
Caring For Children Who Have Experienced Trauma (Resource Parent Curriculum- RPC) 

RPC is a  8-Week training designed to help resource parents understand the impact of trauma and its impacts on a child's behavior, feelings and attitudes. 

Participants will learn additional ways to provide support and care for a child who has experienced trauma. 

MAPP Recap:

A condensed version of the TIPS-MAPP curriculum.

Offered via Microsoft Teams every other month and last approximately 2.5 hours.

Required training for foster parents who are transferring to Mecklenburg County from another agency.

A refresher for licensed foster parents as required by their licensing worker or for those who simply desire to take it. 

​FREE ONLINE TRAINING RESOURCES
Multiethnic Placement Act 101  (MEPA) Training for Foster Parents
In order to receive credit for completing the MEPA training, foster parents will need to complete the related survey/quiz, which can be accessed through the following link 
Grief: How Resource Parents Can Cope with and Learn from Loss [UNC]
Explores common reactions to loss, offers strategies for working through grief, and features interviews in which resource families share their experiences of grief and healing. (1 hr.)
How Loss Impacts Youth in Foster Care [NCSU]
Focuses on how foster families can support healthy communication and improve overall relationships with youth and children who have experienced losses. (1 hr.)
Triple P Online [Triple P International & the Univ. of Queensland]

NC parents have free access to two self-directed, online courses—one for parents of kids from toddler to tween age, one for parents of pre-teens and teens. Triple P is evidence-based and a key element of North Carolina's efforts to promote family and child well-being and prevent child maltreatment. Click here to watch a preview video. (Courses consist of eight, 1-hr. modules)

o   New in Spring 2020: Triple P now includes "Parenting During COVID-19" module with specific tips and strategies to use right now) and a free downloadable guide about parenting during COVID-19

Advocating for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services [UNC]
Explains the role of Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCOs) in North Carolina and how to build collaborative relationships with them so children and youth get the behavioral health services they need. NOTE: although child welfare professionals are the original intended audience for this course, resource parents are sure to find it useful. (3 hrs.)
Child and Family Team Guide for Foster Parents [NCSU]
Teaches the basics about child and family team meetings (CFTs) and answers common questions about how they relate to foster parents. (1 hr.)
Child Development and the Effects of Trauma Series [UNC]
This series focuses on how caregivers can support healthy child development in infancy, early childhood, school-age, and adolescence. It also explores ways to support youth whose development has been disrupted by trauma.  
Supporting Successful Visits Series [UNC]

Parent-child visits are one of the best tools for maintaining connections and reunifying families safely. In this 3-course series, you will learn how to support youth throughout the visitation process while managing common concerns such as trauma reminders and behavioral challenges.


Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment [PCANC]
Provides key information about recognizing and responding to suspicions of child maltreatment in North Carolina. (2 hrs.)
Promoting Normalcy: Supporting the Social and Emotional Development of Young People in Foster Care [UNC]
Describes the reasonable and prudent parent standard and how foster parents can use it to help children and youth in their care experience "normal," developmentally-appropriate activities. (1 hr.)
CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR FOSTER PARENTS OF TEENS
Supporting the Transition into Adulthood [UNC]
Teaches strategies resource parents can use—including North Carolina's LINKS goals and Transitional Living Plan—to help youth in foster care successfully transition into adulthood. Includes candid, practical suggestions from an experienced foster parent. (1 hr.)
Suicide and Self-Injury in Children and Teens [UNC]
Helps resource parents understand suicide and non-suicidal self-injury in children and adolescents and teaches them how to respond. (1 hr.)
Learning to Support, Include, and Empower LGBTQ Youth in Substitute Care [NCSU]
This course will help resource parents provide support and affirmation to youth in foster care when it comes to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. (4 hr.)
On Their Way [ILR, Inc.]
Teaches caregivers to use daily activities and real world experiences to motivate youth and increase the skills youth need to live independently. Course materials consist of a 20-minute video presentation and a guidebook that includes discussion topics for mealtimes, ways to engage youth in budgeting, daily health management ideas, early career development activities, and resource awareness. (30 min.)
Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training
The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard allows foster parents to give their foster children permission to do age-appropriate activities that promote cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral growth. All states are now required to promote normalcy for children in foster care.   Click here for the training 

"EDUCATION  is the most powerful weapon which you can  use to change the world."     Nelson Mandela

​HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR FOSTER PARENTS

Foster Village Charlotte-  https://www.fostervillagecharlotte.org

National Child Traumatic Stress Network-  https://www.nctsn.org

Fostering NC-   https://fosteringnc.org 

​For additional information regarding training please submit an inquiry to  RDTrainers@mecklenburgcountync.gov  


Address

Office Location:

DSS Main Office
​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

West Charlotte Location
Community Resource Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000