Foster care parenting classes to start Saturday

10/28/2013 10:51 AM

10/28/2013 10:52 AM

Saint Francis Community Services will start Saturday offering a 10-week course for people interested in providing foster care homes.

The classes will meet 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday at the organization’s offices, 4155 E. Harry. There is no charge.

The 30-hour course is Partnering for Safety and Permanence-Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting, or PS-MAPP. State regulations require that potential foster parents complete the training.

Of the 652 Sedgwick County children in foster care, 241 must stay in homes outside the county because there aren’t enough local foster families, according to Saint Francis officials.

Salina-based Saint Francis is contracted by the state to provide foster care for Sedgwick County, either through its homes or by sub-contracting to other approved agencies.

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