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%)
Infertility treatment is grueling, both physically and mentally, and many patients decide to consider other options for family building. However, the transition from treatment to adoption can be rough if patients are not prepared. In this course, Stella Gilgur-Cook, LCSW and assistant director of outreach at Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children; and Pat Irwin Johnson, author of Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families, discuss how to tell if you’re ready to start considering adoption and how to deal with the transition of moving from infertility treatment to adoption.
This course includes:
- How do you know when the time is right for moving from infertility treatment to adoption? Is it harder now because of the increasing treatment options?
- How does adoptive parenting differ from parenting by birth?
- Is there a difference between Plan B and settling for second best?
- Why should adoptive parents have to prove themselves by being studies/evaluated when biological parents do not?
- What are the losses associated with infertility?
- How do you come to terms with these losses?
- How do the the losses of infertility affect parenting?
- Are adopted children more prone to problems?
- Should you continue in fertility treatment at the same time you apply to adopt?
- What should you consider before going back into fertility treatment for a second child after having adopted your first child?
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