Category Adoption Education

  • Adopting a Tween or Teen: Special Issues to Consider

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    There are many children over 10 years old waiting to be adopted in US foster care, as well in orphanages throughout the world. Are you the family to adopt them? What special issues do families face when adopting a tween/teen

  • Talking with Tweens and Teens about Adoption

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    Tweens and Teens

    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

  • Simple & Fun Strategies to Build Attachment with Adopted Kids

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    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

  • Adopting a Child That May Have Been Sexually Abused

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    What issues should families consider when adopting or fostering a child that may have been sexually abused? What are warning signs of past sexual abuse? How can these children be helped, while not endangering children already in the home? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support organization, interviews Dr. Jennifer Shaw, a clinical psychologist at the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Shaw specializes in play therapy and therapy with children and teenagers who have experienced early trauma, including sexual abuse

  • Foster Care Adoption - Exploding the Myths

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    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

  • Child Hosting Programs - Getting Prepared to be a Host Family

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    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

  • Parenting Toolkit for Harder to Parent Kids

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    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

  • Accepting an Adoption Match with Opiates, Methadone, or Hepatitis

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    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

  • Effect of Early Life & Prenatal Environment on Adopted Children (Dr. Charles Nelson)

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    Prenatal Environment

    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: Causes and Prevention

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    Post Adoption Depression

    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. In this course, Dr. Jane Aronson, a board-certified general pediatrician and pediatric infectious diseases specialist, and adoption medicine specialist for the past 12 years, talks about post-adoption depression. She is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the founder of World Wide Orphan Foundation. Dr. Aronson is also the author of, Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption, Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents

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