Adoption scams are unfortunately a possibility with domestic infant adoption. In this course, Brenda Horrocks, an adoptive mom and adoption scam victim, and Suzanne B. Nichols, an adoption attorney, talk about how to recognize and avoid domestic adoption scams
Category Adoption Education
Families that have adopted from foster care may be eligible for a monthly cash subsidy, health care coverage, and college tuition for their children. How do you know what you are eligible for and how to get it?
Facebook, social media and the Internet are significantly affecting how people adopt and the relationships within adoptive families. Should you friend your child’s birth mother or birth father? Should you prohibit your child from contacting their birth family via internet social networks? How can parents best navigate social media interactions before and after adoption? This course is a good discussion with Dr. Martha Henry, a developmental psychologist and the Director of the Office of Foster Care and Adoption Education and Policy; and Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and author of Adoption Nation
There are nearly half a million children in the US foster care system at any given time. What type of children are available through foster care adoption, what are the requirements, what are the risks and what the subsidies? In this course, Nancy Taft, a social worker with over 30 years experience with foster care adoption, is joined by Shannon and Valerie, two mothers who have adopted from the foster care system, to talk about foster care adoption.
Adolescence presents developmental challenges to all kids. How are these challenges different for the adopted child and how can parents help? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Creating a Family’s Executive Director, interviews renowned psychotherapist and attachment specialist, Dr. Gregory Keck, author of Parenting the Adopted Adolescent
Adopting a toddler or preschool aged child presents unique attachment challenges. They are too young to truly understand what is happening to them, but old enough to be upset by the new surroundings and people. In this course, Deborah Gray, author of Attaching in Adoption and Nurturing Adoptions, talks about the special challenges of adopting a preschool aged child and what parents can do to help their child attach and bond
Adoption is forever — except when it’s not. How do you prevent adoption disruptions and dissolutions and how do you know when to accept one? What happens when an adoption does not work out? This course features a frank discussion with Dr. Ronald S. Federici, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Director of the Neuropsychological and Family Therapy Associates in Virginia and father to seven internationally adopted children
The possibility of prenatal exposure is something that adoptive parents must consider when accepting a match or referral. What types of exposure that are common in adoptive or foster situations and what are the long term consequences of varying types of exposure. In this course, Dr. Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation’s leading researchers on the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant and child and author of The Mystery of Risk, discusses FASD and prenatal drug exposure
Should you adopt out of birth order? What risks should parents be aware of? How can adoptive parents make it easier for their children if they adopt a child older than one of their existing children? This course is an interview with Dr. David Brodzinsky, Professor Emeritus of Clinical & Developmental Psychology at Rutgers University and former Research Director of the Donaldson Adoption Institute in NYC. He is internationally known for his research, training, and clinical work in the area of adoption and has published five books, including Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self
Preparing Children for the Adoption of a Sibling & Integrating Adopted and Biological Kids Post-Adoption
If there are children already in the family, parents need to prepare them for the adoption of a new child. How you approach this preparation depends on the age of your children and the age of the child to be adopted. In this course we interview Patricia Irwin Johnston, noted speaker and expert on adoption and author of many books on adoption, most specifically the wonderful book, Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families; and Karla Thrasher, Executive Coordinator of International Programs with Lifeline Children’s Services, and China Program Director