Heather Forbes discusses how a love-based approach of discipline can help children with behavioral disorders like reactive attachment disorder or oppositional defiant disorder.
Category Adoption Education
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?
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
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. Is it always a bad idea to choose one of these paths in adoption?
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
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
How can white parents raise children of color in this race-conscious world?
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
Children adopted from foster care or from abroad have often experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma. What can parents do to help kids from hard place heal.
It is normal for adopted children to be curious about their birth parents. How can adoptive parents talk with their children about their birth parents? In this course, Dr. Jennifer Bliss, the National Associate Counseling Director at the Independent Adoption Center, a non-profit domestic infant adoption agency; and Danielle Goodman, Lead Social Worker in the Delaware office of Adoptions from the Heart, a nonprofit domestic infant adoption agency, talk about how to start a conversation with your child about their birth parents