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%)
Adoptive parents are often asked to be present at the hospital in open adoptions. This emotional time is complex for both adoptive and birth parents to navigate, and hospital staff often do not help. In this course, Dr. Jennifer Bliss, the National Associate Counseling Director at the Independent Adoption Center, a non-profit domestic infant adoption agency; and Rebecca Vahle, Adoption Program Coordinator and founder of the Family to Family Adoption Support Program at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado, discuss how to create a hospital plan in open adoption that is healthy and beneficial for all members of the adoption triad.
This course includes:
- Is there any standard adoption support program in hospitals throughout the US?
- What issues arise for expectant parents and adoptive parents in the hospital, before and after birth?
- Who makes the medical decisions for the infant while in the hospital?
- What can adoptive parents do ahead of time to make the time in the hospital run as smoothly as possible?
- What are the elements of a successful hospital plan in open adoption?
- How can hospitals and adoptive parents be sensitive to birth parents after birth, but before they have finalized their adoption plans?
Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.
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