After you attend an orientation session, completing your TIPS-MAPP training classes will be the next important step in your journey as a foster and/or adoptive parent. TIPS-MAPP stands for Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence: Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting.

Your training classes will prepare you to make an informed decision about becoming a foster or adoptive family. Families who make informed decisions and grow in their new roles work best with agencies, birth families and others. This teamwork and partnership is what helps children and youth have stability and permanence within a family. You will be part of a team of many people working together on behalf of each child.

Benefits of TIPS-MAPP

TIPS-MAPP is a 30-hour, interactive group format led by a team of two facilitators. The team includes an experienced foster or adoptive parent and an experienced social worker employed in the foster care or adoption field.

You’ll learn firsthand the challenges and rewards of becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent, and your TIPS-MAPP leaders will help you decide how your expectations and abilities match the realities of becoming a foster or adoptive family.

The benefits of TIPS-MAPP:

  • Learning how to build positive relationships with birth parents and families
  • Understanding the commitment it takes to ensure the well-being of children placed in your care
  • Learning the importance of keeping close connections between children and their birth families
  • Understanding behavioral problems a child may experience
  • Understanding the foster care system
  • Thinking about the impact fostering and adoption may have on your own family

What training do I need to do before I complete TIPS-MAPP classes and homestudy process*?

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training

Foster parents are mandatory reporters of child abuse. As mandatory reporters, foster parents are required to take Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training. At least two hours of Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training must be taken before completing the licensing process and every five years thereafter.  You can go to the Four Oaks/LSI training calendar page  to find a live in-person training schedule or to take this class online, click this link: Mandatory reporter training.

CPR & First Aid

All licensed foster homes must be certified in CPR & First Aid through a nationally recognized training organization before completing the licensing process. Foster parents shall maintain a certificate indicating the date of training and expiration. You can go to the Four Oaks/LSI  training page to find a CPR and First Aid training near you.

Medication Management Training

Foster parents are required to take Medication Management Training before completing the licensing process. To complete this requirement, foster parents must read the Medication Management Booklet and answer the ten review questions on pages 14 and 15 of this booklet. Foster parents must turn in their completed questionnaire to their Licensing Worker in order to receive credit for completing this required course. This training is worth one hour of foster parent training credit and only needs to be completed one time.

Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training

The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard allows foster parents to give their foster children permission to do age-appropriate activities that promote cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral growth. All states are now required to promote normalcy for children in foster care.

In order to complete this requirement, foster parents must view the Reasonable Prudent Parent Standard training video. Upon completion of this 30 minute video, foster parents will be directed to a form to complete. After the form is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the training participant that completed this required training. Foster parents must forward the email confirmation to their Licensing Worker in order to demonstrate they have received confirmation for completing this required course. All licensed foster parents in Iowa are required to complete the RPPS training before completing the licensing process. While this training is required of all foster parents, they will not receive any training credit to apply toward their license renewal. Each foster parent will only need to complete this training once. Watch Now: Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard video 

Profile forms

As you probably know by now, this journey to become a foster or adoptive parent does require a lot of paperwork! One important set of forms you’ll be filling out during your 10 weeks of required TIPS-MAPP training are the TIPS-MAPP profile forms.

The TIPS-MAPP Profiles are a tool for families to provide a detailed written description of themselves, in their own words. They are structured to help you focus on specific areas important to your fostering and/or adoption decision. They’re also a tool for your licensing specialist to help you assess your strengths and needs.

You’ll receive these profiles at TIPS-MAPP meeting 1. If you’d rather complete them electronically then handwrite them, you can download them below.  A description of each profile will help you choose and complete the ones applicable to your family. Please print and bring your completed profiles to TIPS-MAPP meeting 3.

You may be thinking “I’d love to get a head start on these forms and get them done right away.” We love your enthusiasm, but this will not speed up the process for you and actually makes it more challenging for us. Please wait until after you attend your first TIPS-MAPP training session to start this paperwork. Following these steps in order will make it a lot easier!

Important Tip: First, download the file to your documents folder. Then open the file from your documents folder to fill out and save the form. If you are using a public computer, be sure to delete the file once you are complete. To download Adobe Reader for compatibility, click here.)

TIPS-MAPP General Family Profile
Each family completes one of these.

Prospective Parent Personal Profile
Each prospective parent applicant completes one of these individually.

Profile for Couples
Two parent households with or without children currently living at home complete one of these.

Profile for Single Persons
Single applicant households with or without children currently living at home complete one of these.

Profile for a Child over age 12
One profile for each child to complete currently living in the home over the age of 12.

Profile for a Child under age 12
One profile for each child to complete currently in the home under the age of 12.

My Child Now
Parent will complete one each for each child currently living at home.

*Adapted from IFAPA website.