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%)
Most domestic adoptions are open adoptions, but what does that mean? How does it work in real life? Is it best for adoptive families, birth families, and most important–the kids? In this course, Dawn Friedman, an adoptive mom, and Jenna Hatfield, a birth mom, both in open adoptions; and Kris Faasse, National Director of Adoption Services for Bethany Christian Adoption talk about how to do open adoption right.
This course includes:
- What do we mean by open adoption?
- What to do when adoptive parents and first parents don’t agree on the degree of openness?
- How to alter an open adoption agreement in an ethical way.
- Is open adoption confusing to children?
- What if you have different degrees of openness with different children.
- How do you have openness when you disagree with the lifestyle of the birth parents.
- Does openness help birth parents deal with their grief?
- Do the birth parents on our panel regret their decision?
- How do you explain to a child why his birthmother decided to parent another child, but made an adoption plan for your child?
- How do open international adoptions work?
- Should you maintain openness with children who were removed from their birth families for abuse and neglect.
Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.
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