schedule of trainings/Events
Precertification Schedule (for prospective foster/adoptive families):
Baker Victory Services holds the MAPP/GPSII precertification (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting/Group Preparation and Selection II/Model) sessions three times per year. Sessions begin in February, June, and October with session consisting of ten classes, held once per week for three hours. Families are required to attend at least nine of the ten scheduled sessions for certification to occur.
Ongoing Training/Event Schedule (for certified foster/adoptive families)
Once MAPP/GPSII precertification is completed and a family is certified as a foster/adoptive family, Baker Victory Services requires each parent to complete at least 8 hours of additional training per year. BVS provides these training sessions every 3rd Tuesday of the month, from April through October, in our offices. Each training is held in the evenings from 6pm -8pm. Training topics are areas of interest to foster/adoptive parents and have included a Court Panel Discussion, Functions of Behaviors, African American Hair Care, the Nurtured Heart Approach, the Importance of Play, and Adoption Processes.
In June, Baker Victory Services hosts an annual Foster Family Picnic. All of our BVS foster families and the children in care are invited for a fun day at a local park complete with food and activities. In November, our foster parents are treated to an adult-only night out at our annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner. In December, our foster parents and children in care are invited to join us for our annual holiday party.