PS-MAPP Training and Home Study Process
Upcoming PS-MAPP Training Start Dates
- Tuesday, May 2, 2334 E. Polk St., Phoenix, AZ 85006
- Monday, June 5, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa, AZ 85201
There is an intake process, including background check, before a family can begin training.
Contact 480-834-9424 for more information.
Introduce Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP) is 10 weeks.Training helps potential foster/adoptive parents understand foster and adoptive children’s needs, introduces parents to the child welfare system and their role, and gives families and specialists an opportunity to get to know each other to ensure the program is a good fit.
Near the end of training, specialists will schedule interviews with all adult members of the household. These are 2-3 hour individual interviews to explore your family, your childhood, your education and job experience, your relationships and significant life events and how they have affected you. Home inspections are typically completed during these last weeks before training ends. For a foster family, when they are ready, the Office of Licensing and Regulation (OLR) conducts a home inspection. For adoptive families, your specialist will conduct a home inspection to ensure everything is in compliance with state standards.
After completing PS-MAPP training and finishing any outstanding paperwork, specialists return to your home for another visit. At this visit, which can last several hours, specialists finalize the information they need to complete your home study. This may also be the time that children in the home will be interviewed.
During the 30 to 60 days after a family completes PS-MAPP, a specialist write your in-depth home study. This is a report about all of the information gathered about the family, background, training, experiences, how the family operates and any other relevant information. For foster families, the home study is submitted to the Office of Licensure and Regulation for licensing and for adoptive families the home study is submitted to the court for certification. Both entities take several weeks to review the studies, on occasion they will have additional questions for the specialist. Once an adoptive family is certified they are placed on the Department of Child Safety adoption registry. When a foster parent is licensed they are added to Child Crisis Arizona’s placement list. Parent/families are then ready to be matched with children who need a home.