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Eleven Families Graduate From Foster Care Safety Program at the Johnston County Department of Social Services


September 21, 2023


For Immediate Release:

Smithfield, NC – The Johnston County Department of Social Services celebrated the graduation of eleven families from the Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence- Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training program earlier this week. TIPS- MAPP training is a 10- week preparation and selection program for prospective foster and adoptive parents. Each component of the training is designed to equip participants with essential skills that promote the safety, wellbeing, and permanence of foster children. 

During the graduation ceremony, the families were joined by the licensing staff of Johnston County Department of Social Services, including Supervisor Amy Keith, Social Workers Tabitha Bannerman, Angela Wolbert, Jennifer Gaddis, and their trainer, Judy Brinkley. These dedicated staff members helped guide participants throughout the training to ensure they are well-prepared to provide safe and loving homes for children in Johnston County. 

For more information about TIPS-MAPP training and how you can become a foster or adoptive parent in Johnston County, contact the Social Services Department at 919-989-5300 or visit the DSS website.

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