Learning Programs

Caring for Our Own/MAPP Leader Certification

Caring for Our Own/MAPP Leader Certification

Caring for Our Own is an educational group support program for kinship caregivers. Through nine meetings, kinship caregivers are provided with information about services and resources, receive support from other caregivers, develop ongoing support networks, build skills to better parent the child(ren) in their homes, and learn to manage and enhance their relationships with birth parents and agencies.

Training content includes:

  • Introduction to Caring For Our Own
  • Assessing the Impact of the Children Living in my Home
  • Looking at my Role in Achieving Permanency
  • Assessing the Strengths and Needs of the Children in my Care
  • Building on the Strengths and Meeting the Needs of the Children in my Care
  • Preparing Children and Youth for the Future
  • Understanding the Issues of Birth Parents
  • Working with Birth Parents to Achieve Permanency for Their Children
  • Networking and Moving Ahead

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for Foster care and adoptive caseworkers, supervisors, homefinders, Directors of Social Services, and agency administrators in ACS Provider Agencies that are interested in facilitating these nine sessions for kinship caregivers.

Benefits of the Program

Participants will:

  • Develop skills in managing an educational group support program for relative kinship caregivers.
  • Learn the content of the nine meetings and practice running the group activities.
  • Learn to give and receive developmental feedback.

Course Prerequisites

Prior to attending this course, learners are required to have completed:

  • The GPSII/MAPP Leader Certification.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test accessed through the Cornerstone Learning Management System.
  • A four-day instructor-led workshop.
  • An online post-test accessed through the Cornerstone Learning Management System.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education Credits

There are no CEUs associated with this course.


To register and for more information about this course, please contact Marta Colon at [email protected]. For more information about the Workforce Institute, please email [email protected] or call (212) 748-1898.

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