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%)
More and more adoptions – domestic, foster care and international alike – are becoming open. What exactly does that mean and why is it important? In this course, Lori Holden, author of The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole discusses how open adoptions can benefit birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted children.
This course includes:
- What does a successful open adoption look like?
- How can parents facilitate openness when they don’t live near their child’s birth mother or birth father?
- What amount of contact and openness is typical when adopting a baby in the US?
- Does openness always mean contact with birth parents?
- How can parents utilize Facebook in an open adoption in the US?
- Is it possible to have a healthy open adoption relationship when you adopt from foster care? Should you try when the birthmother and birthfather have had their parental rights terminated?
- What is the best way to establish boundaries in an open adoption relationship?
- How much contact with birth parents is ideal?
- In what circumstances should adoptive parents limit openness with birthmothers and birthfathers?
- How to handle the situation where your children have different levels of openness with their birth families?
- What to look for in an adoption agency when forming an open adoption relationship.
- What are the characteristics of a healthy open adoption relationship?
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