Category Adoption Education

  • Beyond Time-Out

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    Parent-child relationships affect child behavior and parental happiness. In this course, Dr. Beth Grosshans, clinical psychologist and author of Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm discusses how 50 years of parenting advice—with its emphasis on talking, focusing on self-esteem, and time-outs—has disrupted the balance of family power and is largely to blame for today’s lack of discipline

  • Beyond Consequences

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    If you suspect your child has a behavioral disorder such as reactive attachment disorder or oppositional defiant disorder, or if your child acts out and nothing you do seems to help them, a love-based approach to helping children with severe behaviors might be the best approach.  This course features Heather Forbes, therapist, adoptive mom, and author of Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control

  • Becoming a Multicultural or Transracial Family

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    When you adopt across cultural and racial lines, your family and extended family is changed forever by becoming a multicultural family. What can you do to make the transition a positive one for your child and your family?

  • What Adopted Teens Want Their Parents to Know

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    The teenage years are difficult for anyone, but they can be especially hard for adopted children who are questioning who they are and how they fit into their family.  In this course, Bert Ballard, an adult adoptee and editor of Pieces of Me: Who do I Want to Be? a collection of essays written by adopted teens and adults talks about what adopted teens wish their parents knew

  • Adopting out of Birth Order, Artificial Twinning and Other Controversies in Adoption

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    General adoption wisdom says that it is best not to adopt out of birth order or to create artificial twins through adoption, but it still happens. What are the realities of these decisions? Is it always a bad idea to choose one of these paths in adoption? This course is a well-rounded discussion of the issues with Dr. Anne Brodzinsky, psychologist and co-author of Children’s Adjustment to Adoption; and Dr. Martha Henry, Director of the Office for Foster Care and Adoption at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and co-author of Adoption in the United States: A Reference for Families, Professionals, and Students

  • How to Talk about Adoption with Young Children

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    How do you talk about adoption with your young child? When should you start the adoption conversation? Does it matter what you say? In this course, Mary Watkins, author of Talking with Young Children about Adoption, discusses how to share an adoption story with a young child

  • Interracial Adoptive Parenting: White Parents with Brown Children

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    Transracial adoption is becoming increasingly popular in the US. In this course, Dr. Marlene Fine talks about issues unique to parenting a child of a different race. Dr Fine is a Professor Emerita from Simmons College in Boston MA specializing in issues related to race, racial identity, and interracial communication, and the co-author with her spouse, Fern Johnson, of The Interracial Adoption Option: Creating a Family Across Race. She is the white adoptive mother of two African American sons, both adopted as infants and now ages 24 and 25. She is also a facilitator with the YW Boston Community Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity

  • Raising Children of Color in a Race Conscious World

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    How can white parents raise children of color in this race-conscious world? In this course, Marguerite Wright, a psychologist for the Center for the Vulnerable Child at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland, and author of I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World, talks about the challenges of parenting a transracially adopted child

  • How Transracial Adoptees Navigate Race as They Age

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    How do children of color adopted by white parents learn about race and their place in our racially aware society?  Large numbers of children have been adopted from China, Guatemala, Korea, Ethiopia, and other African countries, as well as the thousands of domestic adoptions of African-American and biracial/multiracial children by white parents. How do transracial adoptees form their racial identity and what can adoptive parents do to help? In this course, adult transracial adoptee and adoption researcher, Dr. Gina Samuels, talks about how transracial adoptees navigate rage as they age.  Dr. Samuels is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a faculty affiliate at The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Her research and publications examine transracial adoption, multiracial identity formation, and family identity and belonging among young adults with foster care and adoption histories

  • Healing after Abuse and Neglect

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    Children adopted from foster care or from abroad have often experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma. These children require a different form of parenting.  Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family, and the founder and Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development talks about how to help children from hard places heal

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