Category Adoption Education

  • Legal & Medical Risks in Domestic Infant Adoption

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    domestic infant adoption

    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?

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Adoption

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    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are serious concerns for adoptive parents. What do adoptive parents need to know about FAS? In this course, Dr. Julian Davies, one of the world’s leading experts on FASD and adoption and a pediatrician at The Center for Adoption Medicine and the University of Washington’s FAS Clinic, talks about the risks of adopting a child with FAS, which countries have the highest risk, and what are the signs of

  • Evaluating Common Special Needs to Determine if They are a Good Fit for Your Family to Adopt

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    Special Needs

    The world of special needs adoptions is often confusing. Parents need to explore the different types of special needs to determine which conditions and issues they can handle and which needs are beyond their comfort level to parent. In this course, Dr. Mary Staat, director of the International Adoption Center at Cincinnati’s Children’s Medical Center, walks you through the treatment, prognosis, and long-term impacts of the most common special needs. The specific special needs discussed in this show include; cleft lip/palate, the most common heart deformities in infants, limb differences, amniotic band syndrome, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, attachment issues, RAD, imperforate anus, ambiguous genitals and albinism

  • Essential Conversations Adoptive Parents and Birth Parents MUST Have for a Successful Open Adoption

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    Birth Parents

    A good relationship with your child's birth parents is key to having a successful open adoption, but many adoptive parents have trouble relating with their child's birth parents. What do adoptive parents need to know to have a solid and healthy open adoption? In this course, members of the Ohio Birthparent Support Group talk about what they wish all current and prospective adoptive parents knew about how birth mothers feel, and what they need in the adoption relationship

  • Effective Parenting Strategies for Raising and Loving a Child with ADHD

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    Between 5-10% of children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but many parents don't understand the disorder. Is it caused by diet, food allergies, low blood sugar, or lack of sleep? What is the best way to diagnosis and treat ADHD? In this course, Dr. Vincent Monastra, a clinical psychologist specializing in ADHD and author of Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach, talks about the different types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and how to treat them

  • Crucial Tips from a Pediatrician on Surviving Your Baby’s 1st Year

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    Young children pretty much just eat, sleep, and poop, but that doesn’t necessarily make a new parent’s life easy.  In this course, Dr. Scott Cohen, pediatrician, author of Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, discusses breastfeeding, care of twins, issues of prematurity, when to introduce solid foods, and how to get your child to sleep through the night

  • Developing Attachment in Adoptive Families

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    Creating healthy attachment within the entire family is a pressing concern for adoptive parents.  What are common attachment issues and how can parents solve them?  In this course, Deborah Gray, author of two of the seminal books on attachment parenting and bonding in adoption, Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma and Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents, discusses how to form attachment in adoptive families

  • Creating Attachment With Adopted Kids through Lifebooks

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    It is crucial for adoptive parents to talk about adoption with their children, but knowing how to start can be difficult. Lifebooks can help parents start those important discussions with children of all ages. In this course, Carrie Kitze, editor of EMK Press, discusses lifebooks, how to make them and what sort of information to include in one

  • Language Development in Internationally Adopted Children

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    Language Development

    How do children adopted internationally acquire the language of their new country and what should parents do to help? When should parents worry? In this course, Dr. Sharon Glennen, professor and chairperson in the Department of Audiology, Speech, Language, Pathology and Deaf Studies at Towson University in Maryland, discusses the complex language learning patterns of children who were internationally adopted

  • Instilling Cultural Awareness and Pride in Internationally Adopted Children

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    Instilling Cultural Awareness

    Adoptive parents are told that they must incorporate their child’s birth culture into their life in order to raise healthy adopted children. Can you go overboard? In this course, Mei-Ling Hopgood and Joy Lieberthal, both adult adoptees, discuss how to best incorporate your child's birth culture into their life

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