Category Adoption Education

  • Talking with Adopted Kids about Birth Parents

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    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

  • Adopting an Older Child

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    Adopting an older child takes preparation on the part of the parents, the existing children in the family, and the new child. This course shares tips for smoothing the transition when adopting an older child from abroad. Our experts are Abbie Smith, an adoptive mother and Director of Clinical Services at Holt International specializing in attachment therapy, trauma and parenting of adopted children; Shila Henderson; an adoptive mom of two older daughters from China; and Vicki Hanson, an adoptive mom of an older son from Ethiopia

  • Open Adoption in Difficult Birth Parent Situations

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    Even if you completely embrace the idea of open adoption, there are situations that make it difficult. How should adoptive parents navigate an open adoption in these situations? Should they even try? In this course, Nancy Burley helps you figure out how to navigate open adoption in less than ideal birth parent situations.  She is the Executive Director and founder of Adoption Circle, an Ohio child placement agency, has twenty-five years of adoption experience working directly with all members of the adoption triad, and is a state certified adoption assessor

  • Creating Attachment

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    How do you form attachment and build family connections in adoption?  In this course, Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family and Director of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, talks about how to establish the bonds of connection with your adopted child

  • Food Issues with Adopted Children

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    Food issues are common among adopted children, especially those who have a history of neglect or spent time in an orphanage. How can parents help their child learn to have a healthy relationship with food? In this course, Dr. Katja Rowell, the Feeding Doctor and author of the book Love Me, Feed Me, talks about some of the common food issues adoptive parents face such as hoarding, gorging, pickiness, not eating, etc

  • Parenting after Foster or Orphanage Care (Dr. Bruce Perry)

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    parenting neglected children

    Children adopted from foster care or from an orphanage abroad have likely experienced some level of trauma from abuse, neglect, or malnutrition. What can adoptive parents do to help?  In this course, Dr. Bruce Perry, child psychiatrist, founder of Child Trauma Academy and author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, talks about how to help children heal and thrive after experiencing neglect or abuse

  • Happily Ever After? Unexpected Stresses of Newly Adoptive Families

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    stress factors in newly adoptive families

    You’ve filled out forms, you were interviewed and inspected, you waited, you hoped, you prayed. Now you finally have your long awaited child, but life is not exactly what you thought it would be. In this course, adoption therapists Mari Itzkowitz, with the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE) in Virginia, and Rita Taddonio, the Director of the Adoption Resource Center at Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children in New York City, talk about some of the unexpected stresses of newly adoptive families

  • When School is Not Working for Your Child

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    school issues

    What is a parent to do when their child hates school, when homework is a constant battle or when their child has learning disabilities? What do you do when school is basically not working for your child? This course is an interview with Heather Forbes, author of Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach for Helping Children With Severe Behaviors

  • A Talk with Transracial Adoptees

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    transracial adoptees

    The right way to raise a transracially adopted child is a hot button issue.  Our panel for this interview are the real experts – adults of color who were adopted by white families.  The panel consists of three transracial adoptees - black and white biracial, Asian and Hispanic – they will discuss challenges they faced growing up, what their parents did right and what they wish their parents had known

  • Cultural Identity

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    The buzz for the last 15 years has been about the need for instilling cultural identity in internationally adopted kids.  Hollee McGinnis, adult Korean adoptee and researcher with the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and Dr. Heather Jacobson, Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, and author of Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference, talk about how to best raise healthy, adjusted adopted children

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