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Foster Parents Needed in Barton County - Saint Francis Community Services to provide free training i
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Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, at 6 p.m. starting September 28, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.  
The course, Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence-Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP), is designed to help persons make an informed decision about becoming a resource family for children in foster care or adoption programs. The State of Kansas requires that all potential foster parents complete TIPS-MAPP training.
Nearly 50 Barton County children must stay in homes outside the county because there are not enough local families to accommodate them. These children urgently need at least 26 new foster families to help house them closer to home.
The TIPS-MAPP course provides information and skill development for prospective foster parents and helps them gain a better understanding of the needs of children in foster care. Course participants also learn about resources for foster parents, parenting techniques, and available support services.
Persons interested in registering for the class or in simply learning more about becoming a foster parent are encouraged to go online to or to call toll-free 866-999-1599.