Vol. 7, No. 2 May 2003
Opportunities for North Carolina Foster Parents
Become a Certified MAPP/GPS
news! The N.C. Division of Social Services now offers a train
the trainer course for MAPP/GPS certification for foster parents
who have two or more years of experience. Completing this training certifies
foster parents to co-lead MAPP groups in partnership with a county DSS
or a private child-placing agency.
Welfare Institute, author of the MAPP/GPS curriculum, strongly recommends
that MAPP be presented to prospective foster and adoptive parents by
a pair of trainers, one of whom is an agency representative and one
of whom is a foster parent. Yet in the past, North Carolinas MAPP
certification process has been difficult for foster parents to attend
because it has only been held on weekdays during working hours. To make
it easier for foster parents to become certified to co-train MAPP, the
Division has begun holding this certification training at a more convenient
time. The training is:
- Provided in seven days
rather than eight
- Offered on Thursday,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of one week and then Friday, Saturday,
and Sunday approximately two weeks later to reduce the amount of time
participants must take off from work
- Appropriate for inexperienced
trainers, in that it contains information on training and presentation
skills, as well as other topics pertinent for foster parent leaders
- Offered in the Greensboro
area to provide centralized access for all areas of the state
- Offered at no registration
cost (hotel, travel, and food expenses will be the responsibility
of the participant or the sponsoring agency)
Contact Sarah West of the
N.C. Division of Social Services Staff Development Team at 919/733-7672
for more information about this training.
Attend Helping Youth
Heres an opportunity
for foster parents to learn how to teach a course for foster parents
AND help foster teens prepare to live on their own.
Independent Living Resources,
based in Durham, is recruiting foster parents interested in spending
the weekend of October 1012, 2003 in Burlington to learn what
it takes to be a foster parent trainer on topics related to foster teens.
The course, Helping
Youths Reach Self-Sufficiency, will cover the basics of independent
living, including assessing youths, making decisions, and building assets,
as well as how to use education, employment, and the community in the
Foster parent participants
will also learn to organize a two-hour training for other foster parents
in their area. Participants will have an opportunity to practice training
skills at the seminar. Upon returning home, the foster parent trainers
will conduct trainings locally. A follow-up class will be offered several
months later for the participants to share their experiences and learn
new training techniques.
The course is sponsored
by the NC LINKS program and is offered FREE to foster parents. The LINKS
program will pay lodging and meals for foster parents to attend. Prior
to registering for the course, attendees must ask their licensing worker
to support them in this effort to train foster parents.
begins at 3 p.m. on Fri., October 10 and ends at 1 p.m. on Sun., October
12, 2003. To register, complete the following registration form and
return it to ILR, Inc., 411 Andrews Road, Suite 230, Durham, NC 27705
or fax to (919) 384-0338. Registration Deadline: September 5, 2003.
For more infomation, contact Nancy Carter (800/820-0001; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Helping Youth Reach Self-Sufficiency
Living Resources, Inc.
411 Andrews Road, Suite 230, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 384-1457 or fax (919) 384-0338
out this form (please print) and mail or fax to above address.
September 5, 2003
City, State, and Zip:
and Agency Address (if different than above):
do you plan to use the skills learned in this seminar?
Do you have training experience?
When do you anticipate conducting your first foster parent training?
Time and Location:
October 10 through Sunday, October 12, 2003 at the Ramada Inn, Burlington,
Friday, 10/10: 3:00 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/11: 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10/12: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Jordan Institute for Families