This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.
1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz with a grade of 80%)
Adopting an older child takes preparation on the part of the parents, the existing children in the family, and the new child. This course shares tips for smoothing the transition when adopting an older child from abroad. Our experts are Abbie Smith, an adoptive mother and Director of Clinical Services at Holt International specializing in attachment therapy, trauma and parenting of adopted children; Shila Henderson; an adoptive mom of two older daughters from China; and Vicki Hanson, an adoptive mom of an older son from Ethiopia.
This course includes:
- What does older child mean?
- How can families prepare themselves for the unknowns of adoption an older child?
- How long does it take you to feel like a real mom versus a babysitter?
- What can you do to help older children adjust?
- How can you deal with misconceptions that adopted children arrive with?
- What are issues with adopting older children and language barriers?
- How big of an issue is language?
- How long before your child becomes fluent?
- When should you enroll your your child in school?
- What are school issues related to adopting older children?
- How to prepare existing children in your home for the adoption of an older child?
- How does changing birth order affect your family in older child adoption?
- What is food hoarding behavior and how to deal with it?
Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.
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