Ongoing Training and Recurring Events
January 27, 2022 6:00 PM
virtual meetings on Zoom
Ongoing: Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm -- A 10-week training for prospective foster and adoptive parents, MAPP training (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) meets every Thursday starting January 27, 2022, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. These ON-LINE or IN-PERSON classes help prospective parents make an informed decision to pursue foster parenting or adoption. Each session lasts about 3 hours. Over the course of 10 sessions, families assess their parenting skills – their strengths and their needs, their desire and ability to work as partners, and their ability to meet the needs of children for safety, permanency and well-being. If you cannot attend starting the first week, YOU MAY JOIN THE CLASS ANY WEEK, and make up missed classes at the end. To receive an invitation to the VIRTUAL MEETING on Zoom, please contact Shareta Parker at SParker@CAPbook.org or (585) 232-5110.
Trauma-Informed Parent Training - "Who Is Here for Me"
January 5, 2022 6:00 PM
This training provides the concrete base needed by foster and adoptive families to meet the needs of children and youth who have experienced trauma that has led to moderate to serious emotional and behavioral health challenges. Trauma training aims to teach parents about how trauma effects the cognitive and emotional development of the brain, helping them to be more accepting of the child. It gives them skills and knowledge to adapt their parenting styles to the child’s needs, rather than focusing only on the child’s behaviors. This helps parents form a safe, enduring relationship with the child. The training also builds self-awareness in the parents, teaching them to reflect on their own feelings and reactions, and to draw on their support system during challenges. Wednesdays, January 5 to January 19, 2022, 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Training is free for families already working with CAP, and available for a fee to other families. Anyone interested should contact Shareta Parker at SParker@CAPbook.org or (585) 232-5110.
Foster/Adoptive Parent GPS II/MAPP training
October 20, 2021 6:00 PM
VIRTUAL MEETING - please contact Shareta for a link
Foster parent training is held for 10 weeks, every Wednesday from October 20 to December 22, 2021, 6:00-8:00 PM. It is similar to MAPP and Trauma Training for adoptive parents, with a foster care focus. It is free to all CAP families, and is open to any foster family for a fee - contact CAP for details. Anyone interested should contact Shareta Parker at SParker@CAPbook.org or 585-232-5110. Note: You may not join mid-session. Once the class session has begun, we ask that you wait to join the next class cycle in February 2022.
"Deciding Together" training
April 14, 2020 12:00 AM
Starting in April 2020, in response to the even more urgent need for foster and adoptive parents due to the coronavirus pandemic, Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) has adjusted its upcoming parent training to offer “Deciding Together” (DT), a highly personalized, trauma-informed family preparation and selection program. These classes help prospective parents make an informed decision to pursue foster parenting or adoption. Families who sign up will be assigned to a trainer and WILL SCHEDULE MUTUALLY CONVENIENT TIMES VIA VIRTUAL CLASSES with their trainer. Classes are comprised of seven weekly 2-hour consultations to make a mutual decision about a family’s readiness to become a foster or adoptive family. Together, the trainer and the family will assess strengths and needs to foster, adopt, or both. Anyone with questions or interest in registering for this free training should contact Shareta Parker at SParker@CAPbook.org or (585) 232-5110.