Hague Package

Hague Package


Our Hague Package is a bundle of 11 hours of comprehensive courses that are aligned with Hague Requirements for international adoption. The information within these courses will begin to prepare you for parenting children from institutional settings, give you a working overview of many the different kinds of health issues facing children adopted from other nations, and how to understand a child’s particular medical file when getting a referral. You will learn about issues common to children who come from various kinds traumatic backgrounds and how address those hurts through parenting. Topics will also include how to settle in once you are home, how to build strong attachment, and how to support or build your child’s connections to their birth culture in healthy ways. This package is a well-rounded foundation to get you on the road to your international adoption.


This course bundle is designed for adoption professionals and pre-adoptive families.

(11) 1-Hour Online Audio Courses (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of each individual course including passing a 10-question quiz with a grade of 80%.)

Unexpected Stresses on Newly Adoptive Parents – What are the stresses on newly adoptive families regardless whether they adopt an infant or adopt internationally or adopt a child from foster care? What should you expect? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national adoption and foster care education and support nonprofit, interviews Jennifer McCallum, Lead Post Adoption Counselor at Buckner Children & Family Services, and Dr. Lark Eshleman, a consultant and educator whose expertise is working with children and families who have experienced early emotional trauma, attachment difficulties, neglect and abuse.

Healing after Abuse and Neglect (Dr. Karyn Purvis) – Children adopted from foster care or from abroad have often experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma. These children require a different form of parenting.  Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family, and the founder and Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development talks about how to help children from hard places heal. §96.48 (b)(4)

A Talk with Transracial Adoptees – The right way to raise a transracially adopted child is a hot-button issue.  Our panel for this course are the real experts – adults of color who were adopted by white families.  The panel consists of three transracial adoptees – black and white biracial, Asian and Hispanic – who discuss challenges they faced growing up, what their parents did right and what they wish their parents had known. §96.48 (b)(7)

Cultural IdentityCultural Identity – The buzz for the last 15 years has been about the need for instilling cultural identity in internationally adopted kids.  Hollee McGinnis, adult Korean adoptee and researcher with the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and Dr. Heather Jacobson, Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, and author of Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference, talk about how to best raise healthy, adjusted adopted children. §96.48 (b)(7)

Feeding Issues and Nutrition in AdoptionFeeding Issues & Nutrition (Dr. Julian Davies/Dr. Katja Rowell) – Adopted children can have unique feeding and nutritional issues resulting from having not always had enough food, being fed too quickly or with little attention. In this course, Dr. Julian Davies, pediatrician at the University of Washington Adoption Medicine Clinic and Dr. Katja Rowell, the Feeding Doctor and author of the book Love Me, Feed Me, talk about feeding issues and nutrition in adoption. §96.48 (b)(2)

Helping Adopted Children Heal from Past Loss – Some children come to adoption with the baggage of past loss and trauma, but adoptive and foster parents can help children heal. Attachment and bonding can occur after trauma with the right help. Our guest to guide the way is Carol Lozier, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky, with over twenty years experience counseling children and families. She specializes in adoption and foster care issues and is the author of The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide. §96.48 (b)(4); §96.48 (b)(5)

Parenting a Child that has Been Sexually Abusedparenting sexually abused children – Children adopted from foster care or from institutions abroad may have experienced sexual abuse prior to adoption. What parenting techniques can help these children attach, feel safe, and heal? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national adoption education and support nonprofit interviews Dr. Joshua Sparrow, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Special Initiatives at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children’s Hospital, Boston. §96.48 (b)(4)

effects of prenatal exposureLong-term Effects of Prenatal Exposure (Dr. Ira Chasnoff) – Evaluating the risk of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure is one of the hardest decisions adoptive parents must make. What are the long-term effects of prenatal exposure and what can parents do to help those children succeed? Our expert is Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation’s leading researchers on long-term effects of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, and author of The Mystery of Risk. Dr. Chasnoff is president of the Children’s Research Triangle and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. §96.48 (b)(2)

Evaluating Risk Factors in adoptionShould You Accept This Adoption Match-Evaluating Risk Factors How can adoptive parents evaluate the common health risk factors and know whether to accept an adoption match? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility, adoption, & foster care education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Dana Johnson, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota where he co-founded the Adoption Medicine Program in 1986. Over the course of his career, he has reviewed the medical records of over 20,000 children and counseled potential adoptive parents on the likely medical needs of these adoptees. §96.48 (b)(2)

Parenting the Hurt Child (Dr. Gregory Keck) – In this course, Dr. Gregory Keck, author of Parenting the Hurt Child and renowned expert in attachment and bonding talks about the warning signs of attachment issues, RAD, challenging behaviors, and what parents can do to help their adopted children attach and heal.  §96.48 (b)(5)

Health Issues In International Adoption

Health Issues with Internationally Adopted Children (Dr. Jane Aronson) – Health problems are a primary concern for parents considering adoption. In this course, Dr. Jane Aronson, an international adoption doctor and the founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation, discusses the common health issues found in internationally adopted kids. We discuss fetal alcohol syndrome, parasites, AIDS, attachment issues and the typical effects of institutionalization. §96.48 (b)(2); §96.48 (b)(4); §96.48 (f) 

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