Category Adoption Education

  • Trauma-Informed Parenting: Practical Applications of TBRI

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    Trauma Informed Parenting

    What is trauma, and how can the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) help you parent your child? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national adoption and foster care education and support nonprofit, interviews Amanda Purvis, a training specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, about the practical applications of TBRI and Trauma-Informed Parenting

  • Surviving the Home Study

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    The home study is a nerve wracking experience. What should you expect and how should you prepare for it? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, interviews Rebekah Hill, a social worker and clinical therapist in Adoption Services at SAFY; and Jeanette Quick, Home Study Service Coordinator at Hopscotch Adoptions, about what to expect from the home study

  • Adopting a Child Who Identifies as LGBTQ

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    Adopting or Fostering a Child Who Identifies as LGBTQ

    Children who identify as LGBTQ have a harder time finding foster or adoptive parents. How can adoptive or foster parents best raise a healthy and happy LGBTQ youth? In this course, Mark Lacava, the Clinical Director of the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, talks about what parents need to know to create a welcoming, safe home for LGBTQ youth

  • Talking with Young Children About Adoption and Birth Parents

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    Experts all agree that it is important to talk to adopted children about adoption and their birth parents, but that's easier said and done. In this course, Dr. Jennifer Bliss, PsyD, LCSW, & Director of Adoptions and Foster Care at Vista Del Mar and Family Services in LA, and Chantilly Wijayasinha MSW, MPH, and an adoption specialist at Adoptions and Foster Care at Vista Del Mar, discuss how parents should talk to their children about their adoption and when that discussion should begin

  • Adoption Loans and Grants

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    How in the world does an average family pay for an infant domestic adoption or international adoption? What options are available for financing adoptions? What grants and loans are available? In this course, Natalie De Prat with American Christian Credit Union; Cherri Walrod with Resources 4 Adoption; and Kelly Ellison with Your Adoption Finance Coach discuss the different options for paying for an adoption

  • How to Save for Adoption the Dave Ramsey Way

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    Domestic and international adoptions are expensive. Not everyone has the money just sitting around in their savings to spend. How can families raise the money needed to pay for adopting a child? In this course, Creating a Family Executive Director Dawn Davenport and Chris Hogan from Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University discuss how the savings techniques in Total Money Makeover can help families start their family without going into debt

  • Adopting Without Going into Debt

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    Adoption can be expensive.  So expensive, in fact, that some people believe they can’t afford to adopt. In this course,  Dawn Davenport, Creating a Family's Executive Director, and her guest discuss saving money, budgeting, adoption grants, adoption loans, and adoption fundraisers and how to grow your family without growing your debt. The course's guests are Becky Fawcett, Executive Director of Help Us Adopt; Julie Gumm, author of Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption; and Cherri Walrod, Director of Resources 4 Adoption

  • First Six Months with an Opiate Exposed Baby

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    prenatal exposure to opiates

    As the opioid epidemic continues to get worse, more and more children are exposed to opiates during pregnancy. What do you need to know about fostering/adopting a child that may have prenatal exposure to opiates? In this course, Dawn Davenport talks with Evette Horton, the Director of Child Clinical Services in the UNC Horizons Program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a specialist in working with children exposed to parental substance use and infant mental health; and Danielle Goodman, an adoption social worker who works with families who have adopted children who have been exposed prenatally to opiates

  • 2017 Adoption Tax Credit

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    adoption tax credit

    What do you need to know to file for the adoption tax credit in April 2018 for your 2017 taxes? In this course, Josh Kroll, the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center coordinator at NACAC; and Becky Wilmoth, an enrolled agents and adoption tax credit specialist, discuss how you can make the most of the 2017 adoption tax credit

  • Finding an Adoption Competent Therapist

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    Adoptive families often want to find a therapist with adoption training or understanding of the unique issues presented by adoption. How do you find an adoption competent therapist and how important is it to find a therapist with specific training in adoption related trauma.


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