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Florida Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) (Previous Event)


Florida now requires all certified MAPP Leaders to also be certified as Child Welfare Professionals by completing Florida's Child Protection pre-service training and assessment before they can lead a MAPP training with foster and adoptive parents.

New Florida Requirements: As per the Department of Children Families' interpretation of Florida Administrative Code 65C-13: "Before leading MAPP training with foster and adoptive parents you must be certified as a child welfare professional. If you are currently a certified MAPP leader but have not been certified as a child welfare professional, you have until April 6, 2009 to be certified. Leading MAPP parent training is to be suspended until both certifications are obtained."

Two week training (2 non-consecutive weeks)

MAPP Leader Certification Training prepares child welfare professionals and experienced foster or adoptive parents to use the tools of the Florida MAPP Group Preparation and Selection (GPS) Program to assist prospective foster and adoptive parents in making a mutual decision with an agency regarding fostering and/or adopting. Each candidate for Leader Certification will be expected to practice co-leading a small portion of one of the ten Florida MAPP GPS meetings. Constructive feedback is provided. Materials provided include the Florida MAPP Group Preparation and Selection Program Leaders Guide, Implementation Guide, Prospective Parent Participant Materials, Power Point Presentation, and Video Tape Presentations.

When you complete this training you will:

  • Have knowledge of the basic tenants and principles of foster care and adoption as a privilege in the state of Florida

  • Have an understanding of the skills required for successful application of the 12 core skills needed for approval and mutual selection process for foster and adoptive parents

  • Learn a variety of training and facilitation skills to enhance, empower and engage prospective foster and adoptive parents’ experience and appreciation for their role in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, abandonment and neglect


Monday thru Friday, March 1-5, 2010
Monday thru Friday, March 15-19, 2010

Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
Department of Mental Health Law & Policy,
Room E
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612

$550 per person
Course tuition includes all materials and USF
parking permits

25% cancellation fee through Friday,
February 26, 2010
NO REFUNDS after Friday, February 26, 2010


For more information contact Beverly Crockett at