How should you talk with children from 10 to 18 about adoption? What are the developmental issues that adoptive parents should consider on how their tweens and teens process adoption? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Sean Delehant, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with CASE, and Stefani Ellison, Program Director, Center for Adoption Support and Education
Category Adoption Education
We know attachment is important in adoption, but adoptive parents often wonder how to help build the bonds of attachment with their adopted kids. This course is an interview with Deborah Gray, adoption therapist, “attachment guru,” and author of Attaching through Love, Hugs, and Play: Simple Strategies to Help Build Connections with Your Child and Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents, on practical and easy ways to build connection and attachment with your adopted kids
What issues should families consider when adopting or fostering a child that may have been sexually abused
There are many myths surrounding adopting from foster care. Is it hard to do? Do the kids have all sorts of problems? How much does it cost? In this course, Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, answers all your questions about foster care adoption
Are you considering becoming a host parent through a child hosting program? Perhaps you are thinking about adopting or simply want to advocate for a child to find a permanent family. What do you need to know to prepare? In this course, Rhonda Jarema, Director of Family Support Services for Nightlight Christian Adoptions; and Kelly Raudenbush, an attachment therapist at the Attachment and Bonding Center of PA and co-founder of The Sparrow Fund, discuss the pros and cons of child hosting programs
Children adopted from foster care or an orphanage are more likely to have suffered from neglect or abuse, and these children are sometimes more difficult to parent. Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit interviews Allison Douglas, family advocate at Harmony Family Center in Knoxville, TN and mother of four children adopted from foster care, and Sue Badeau, President of the North American Council on Adoptable Children and adoptive mother of 22 children, about how to raise adopted children
Should you accept an adoption match where the baby has been exposed to opiates, heroin, methadone, or other drugs? Is methadone better for the baby? What is the long-term prognosis for a baby with prenatal exposure to drugs? What can be done to help with withdrawal? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Julia Bledsoe, a pediatrician specializing in adoption medicine and drug and alcohol exposure with the University of Washington Center for Adoption Medicine and the UW FAS Clinic
How does early childhood neglect, abuse, malnutrition, institutionalization, and prenatal environment effect children? Listen to this interview with Dr. Charles Nelson, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and one of the leading experts on how early childhood trauma affects children
Post-adoption depression and parent attachment disorder are surprisingly common and seldom talked about. After all, since they’ve tried so hard to become parents, many adoptive parents are ashamed to admit that they are struggling.
Before perspective adoptive parents can accept a match, they must weight a variety of medical and legal issues. What risks should parents consider and how do parents know if a match is right for them?