Caring For Our Own/MAPP Leader Certification

 This learning program is an educational group support program for kinship caregivers. Through nine sessions, 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. Before attending this instructor-led training, learners must complete all course prerequisites listed below and an online pre-test. 


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?

Foster care and adoptive caseworkers, supervisors, homefinders, directors of Social Services, and agency administrators working in ACS Provider Agencies.


Course Benefits

Learners 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.
  • A series of nine instructor-led workshops, over four days.
  • An online post-test.

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, email Marta Colon at For more information about the ACS Workforce Institute, please contact the Help Desk at or call (212) 748-1898.

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