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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Classes offered for foster families

  • There are children throughout Kansas in serious need of foster families to provide them with love and a safe place to stay. Saint Francis Community Services will present a free class for prospective foster parents starting May 15 in Wellington.
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  • There are children throughout Kansas in serious need of foster families to provide them with love and a safe place to stay. Saint Francis Community Services will present a free class for prospective foster parents starting May 15 in Wellington.
     
    At least 35 Sumner County children must stay in homes outside the county because there aren’t enough local families to accommodate them. About 20 new foster families are urgently needed to help house local children closer to home.
    Anyone interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting May 15, at 6 p.m., at 1421 W. 8th Street  in Wellington.  
    The course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-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 PS-MAPP training.
    According to Saint Francis Foster Care Home Recruiter Valerie Leon, there is a significant need for new foster homes throughout Sumner County. At least 35 Sumner County children must stay in homes outside the county because there are not enough local families to accommodate them. About 20 new foster families are urgently needed to help house local children closer to home.
    The PS-MAPP program 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 are also given information about resources for foster parents, parenting techniques and available support services.
    Persons interested in registering for the class can do so by calling 316-831-0330, or by going online to www.st-francis.org.
    About Saint Francis Community Services
    Saint Francis Community Services is a donor-supported, faith-based, child and family, community-based service provider that has been a voice of hope for children and families since 1945. Our mission is to be an instrument of healing for children, youths, and families in spirit, mind, and body, so they live responsibly and productively with purpose and hope. For more information about Saint Francis, visit www.st-francis.org or call 1-800-423-1342.

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