With ten-percent of the nation’s children in foster care in Los Angeles County, it is important that committed resource families be recruited and supported in the communities from which children are being placed. Providing the county with well-trained Resource Parents ensures the overall well-being of the county’s most vulnerable children. 

The PS-MAPP program is operated by The Community College Foundation (TCCF) through a contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). PS-MAPP stands for “Permanence and Safety-Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting.” The program consists of a training series (workshops) for potential resource parents (foster/adoptive) to:

  • support the goal of safety and permanency for children in Los Angeles County 
  • provide a process to help screen, target and support committed potential resource families interested in fostering and adoption
  • create a solution that takes into consideration the unique needs of each child. The program emphasizes collaboration between resource families, DCFS, birth families and other stakeholders

TCCF has provided pre-service training to over 11,000 potential resource parents since 1989. Since 2004 we have been using the nationally recognized PS-MAPP curriculum (revised in 2006) to meet the needs of Los Angeles County.