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Foster Care: MAPP Training

Officially trained!
For our first steps towards foster care parenting, see here
So we had our in-home meeting with the social working over two months ago, and we just finished up our MAPP (Massachusetts Approaches to Partnerships in Parenting) training, a requirement for all parents hoping to foster/foster-adopt in the state. Normally, it's a three-hour, one night a week, for ten weeks course, but we did the condensed weekend version of four Saturdays, 9:30am-4:30pm. Friends from church and Piercen's work graciously stepped up to watch the kids for us, so we didn't have to hire a babysitter. We are very lucky in our friends. Training took place in Lawrence, MA which is a good 30-45 minutes away, but that was kinda nice as it gave us time to discuss our thoughts and feelings without having little ears around.

So, training.  After the first Saturday, I thought it was going just a waste of time. We had some basic discussions about what it means to go into foster care; things…

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