This course bundle is designed for clients of Adoption By Shepherd Care pursuing domestic infant adoption.
(6) 1-Hour Online Audio Courses (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of each course including passing a 10-question quiz with a grade of 80%.)
Post-Adoption Depression: Causes and Prevention – Post-adoption depression and parent attachment disorder are surprisingly common and seldom talked about. After all, since you’ve tried so hard to become a parent, 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.
Crucial Tips from a Pediatrician on Surviving Your Baby’s 1st Year – 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.
Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure (Dr. Ira Chasnoff) – This course is an interview with Dr. Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation’s leading researchers who studies the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant and child. Information covered will include discussion of the types of exposure that are common in adoptive or foster situations, the times at which the fetus or newborn’s brains are most affected by exposure, the risks for long-term consequences of varying types of exposure, and many other pertinent topics.
Developing Attachment in Adoptive Families (Deborah Gray) – 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.
Nature, Nurture, Genetics, and Environment – How much of our children’s personality traits, temperament, talents, health conditions, mental illness, and intelligence are controlled by their genes and how much by the environment we have created? What relevance does this have to adoptive parents? In this course, Dr. Matt McGue, a behavioral and quantitative geneticist and co-director of the Minnesota Twin Family Study and the Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study and Research on Adoption; and Dr. Nancy Segal, director of the Twin Studies Center at California State University, Fullerton and author of Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins and Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior discuss which traits are controlled by genetics and which by environment, and how that affects adopted families.
Accepting an Adoption Match with Prenatal Exposure – Opiates, Methadone, or Hepatitis – 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.
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