Category Adoption Education

  • Feeding Issues & Nutrition

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    Feeding Issues

    Adopted children can have unique feeding and nutritional issues resulting from having not always had enough food, being fed too quickly or with little attention. In this course, Dr. Julian Davies, pediatrician at the University of Washington Adoption Medicine Clinic and Dr. Katja Rowell, the Feeding Doctor and author of the book Love Me, Feed Me, talk about feeding issues and nutrition in adoption

  • Helping Adopted Children Heal from Past Loss

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    Some children come to adoption with the baggage of past loss and trauma, but adoptive and foster parents can help children heal. Attachment and bonding can occur after trauma with the right help. In this course, Carol Lozier, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky, with over twenty years experience counseling children and families guides the way. She specializes in adoption and foster care issues and is the author of The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide

  • Parenting a Child That Has Been Sexually Abused

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    parenting sexually abused children

    Children adopted from foster care or from institutions abroad may have experienced sexual abuse prior to adoption. What parenting techniques can help these children attach, feel safe, and heal? Our guest is Dr. Joshua Sparrow, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Special Initiatives at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children's Hospital, Boston

  • Long-term Effects of Prenatal Exposure

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    effects of prenatal exposure

    Evaluating the risk of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure is one of the hardest decisions adoptive parents must make. What are the long-term effects of prenatal exposure and what can parents do to help those children succeed? Our expert is Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation’s leading researchers on long-term effects of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, and author of The Mystery of Risk. Dr. Chasnoff is president of the Children’s Research Triangle and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago

  • Evaluating a Referral

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    evaluating a referral

    Deciding whether to accept the referral or birth parent match for a child is the biggest decision an adoptive parent has to make. Our guest is Dr. Dana Johnson, Director of the International Adoption Clinic at the University of Minnesota and Professor of Neonatology. We will discuss what factors parents should consider when evaluating a referral, what factors are red flags, what questions to ask, and how to interpret the medical and social history provided prior to adoption

  • Parenting the Hurt Child

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    attachment issues

    Parenting children who were adopted from traumatic backgrounds can be challenging. In this course, Dr. Gregory Keck, author of Parenting the Hurt Child and renowned expert in attachment and bonding, discusses warning signs of attachment issues and RAD, how to cope with challenging behaviors, and what parents can do to help their adopted children attach and heal.

  • Transitioning Home

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    Transitioning Home (Karen Foli)

    The adoption process is often a long one, and people spend more time talking about getting your child home than what happens immediately afterwards. Karen Foli, author of The Post-Adoption Blues, talks about the early transition time for child and parent after an adoption, the signs and symptoms of post-adoption depression, who is at risk, and what works to help the parent and family

  • Health Issues with Internationally Adopted Children

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    Health Issues In International Adoption

    Health problems are a primary concern for parents considering adoption. In this course, Dr. Jane Aronson, an international adoption doctor and the founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation, discusses the common health issues in international adoption. We’ll discuss fetal alcohol syndrome, parasites, AIDS, attachment issues and the typical affects of institutionalization

  • Creating an Adoptive Parent Profile

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    Prospective adoptive parents must prepare an adoptive parent profile of themselves to submit to expectant mothers who are considering making an adoption plan for their child. What should you include, what should you leave out and how should you present it? In this course, Guylaine Hubbard-Brosmer, an adoption consultant with Independent Adoption Center (IAC), and Vickye Schultz, Vice President of Domestic Adoption for the Gladney Center for Adoption discuss parent profiles

  • Combining Kids by Birth & Adoption

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    blended families

    How does it work out when you combine kids by birth and adoption in the same family? Does it matter if you adopt out of birth order? Does it make a difference if the adopted child is a baby, toddler, or over the age of six? In this course, Arleta James, a therapist specializing in adoption and the author of Brothers and Sisters in Adoption; and Judy Stigger, an adoption therapist, Director of Professional Relations for Adoption Learning Partners and an adoptive mom, discuss how to successfully combine children by birth and adoption and how to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved


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