All parent preparation is provided by the community based care lead or provider agencies. The preparation starts with prospective parents attending an orientation followed by the actual parent training class, MAPP or PRIDE.
Orientation - Orientation is a one to two hour presentation that will give you a chance to meet and talk with experienced adoptive parents and counselors who will provide an overview of the entire adoption process from start to finish.
Preparation Course (MAPP or PRIDE) - The Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) and Parents' Resources for Information Development Education (PRIDE) are trainings and preparation courses that adoptive parents are required to successfully complete. Depending on your community based care agency, you will need to complete either the MAPP or PRIDE training. The training will give you the opportunity to assess yourself and your family and to explore and learn about adoption issues. These training sessions are usually scheduled at night or on weekends.
Ways to Contribute to OCOC
Every child deserves a forever, permanent home and family. You can make a difference - a child is waiting for adoption or foster care in Florida.
Our Partnership Program provides opportunities for businesses, organizations and individuals to join with OCOC in lending support to families.
Please consider donating your time and experience with us. Opportunities vary throughout the state but we can use any services you have to offer.