Deciding Together/MAPP Leader Certification

This learning program, designed as an alternative to the standard GPS II/MAPP program, brings the preparation and selection process to individual families who cannot participate in group meetings. This program includes seven family consultations that prepare families for their fostering role. During this training, each prospective foster/adoptive parent must also complete six workbooks. Certified GPS II/MAPP leaders can become certified Deciding Together leaders by completing this training workshop. Before attending this instructor-led training, learners must complete all course prerequisites listed below and an online pre-test. 


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:

  • Be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to support individual families to ensure they are prepared for fostering using seven family consultations.
  • Complete weekly assignments from workbooks provided to them.
  • Be able to deliver the seven meetings and will also receive a video and workbooks to use with each family.


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 2.5-day, instructor-led workshop.
  • 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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