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GPSII/MAPP Leader Certification

GPSII/MAPP Leader Certification

GPS II (Group Preparation and Selection II) is a program that helps prospective foster and adoptive parents make informed, mutual decisions with agency about whether foster parenting or adopting is right for their family. Participants in the Leader Certification Workshop are prepared to co-lead the ten 3-hour meetings in the GPS II program as well as to use family consultations and other tools of the program. All certified GPS II leaders are also qualified to conduct Mini-MAPP.

Course content includes:

  • Welcome to the Group Preparation and Selection Program
  • Where the MAPP Leads: A Foster Care and Adoption Experience
  • Losses and Gains: The Need to Be a Loss Expert
  • Helping Children with Attachments
  • Helping Children Learn to Manage Their Behaviors
  • Helping Children with Birth Family Connections
  • Gains and Losses: Helping Children Leave Foster Care
  • Understanding the Impact of Fostering or Adopting
  • Teamwork and Partnerships
  • Endings & Beginnings How to Use the Program

The ten meetings are designed to be offered sequentially once a week along with the other tools of the program including family self-assessments, individual family consultations and written development plans.

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.

Benefits of the Program

Participants will:

  • Prepare to deliver the Group Preparation and Selection II of the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (GPSII/MAPP) program for prospective foster/adoptive parents.

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites required to take this course.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test accessed through the Cornerstone Learning Management System.
  • A nine-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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