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%)
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.
This course includes:
- How are Facebook and social networking changing the face of adoption?
- Should your adopted child be friends with his birth mother on Facebook?
- How can adoptive parents prepare their children for contact with their birth families on Facebook and Twitter?
- What are some of the downsides to adopted teens making contact with birth parents or biological siblings via Facebook?
- Should you limit your adopted child’s contact with birth family via social media?
- How to handle birth mother posting inappropriate behavior (drinking, partying, etc.) on her Facebook page when your adopted child is her Facebook friend?
- Safety issues with internet contact when children have been removed due to abuse
- How to handle different levels of contact with the birth families of your adopted children?
- Child adopted from Guatemala Googled “Guatemalan adoption” and found reports of adoption fraud and child stealing. How to explain this.
- Tips for online Internet safety for children and teens.
- What are some of the main advantages of social media in adoptions?
Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.
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