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Foster parent certification class starts Thursday in Canton

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CANTON - The Children’s Home of Jefferson County’s (CHJC) Foster Care Program will hold a St. Lawrence County Foster Parent Certification Training beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Human Service Center, 80 state Highway 310, Second Floor Conference Room, Canton.

Anyone interested in learning more about Foster Parenting and the CHJC Foster Care Program is encouraged to participate.

The CHJC Foster Care Program provides temporary care for children unable to live with their birth families or guardians. The Foster Care Program allows children who may have been abused or neglected or have behavioral challenges and special needs, the opportunity to live in a family setting, attend public school, and be an active member of the community. Extensive training is offered to all foster parents.

To provide support for the needs of the entire family, 24-hour on-call services and crisis response is also available. Foster Parents work as a member of a team of families, social workers, and other professionals to help prepare a child to return to his/her birth family or to be adopted.

The training model used by CHJC for the Foster Care Program is the MAPP/ GPS II Selection Process (Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting/Group Preparation and Selection). The MAPP/GPS II Selection Process is completed over a ten-week period allowing both the agency and parent(s) to follow a natural progression, so at the end of the training, both the Agency and the parent(s) make an informed decision regarding certification.

In addition, all foster parents are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid, and attend trainings on Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Informed Supervision. These trainings will focus on meeting the needs of the children placed in foster care.

CHJC is excited for those who decide to become part of the team to help children and families in need.

For more information, please contact CHJC St. Lawrence County Foster Care Director Victoria Peck at (315) 229-3483 or e-mail vpeck@nnychildrenshome.com.

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