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%)
How do you talk about adoption with your young child? When should you start the adoption conversation? Does it matter what you say? In this course, Mary Watkins, author of Talking with Young Children about Adoption, discusses how to share an adoption story with a young child.
This course includes:
- When should you start telling your child his adoption story, at what point in the adoption story should you start and what language should you use for preschoolers and older children?
- What is the best way to talk about adoption with your child?
- How can parents tell the adoption story when they have little information, such as when adopting from China? How much supposition should they engage in? Should they try to fill in the blanks?
- How do parents handle the adoption story when they have more than one child that is adopted and have varying degrees of information about each child’s story?
- How do parents share difficult adoption related information with children (birth father in jail for murder, birth mother may have drank or taken drugs during pregnancy resulting in learning disabilities, child’s conception was a product of rape)?
- What should parents tell their child when her birth parents are still together and they kept other birth siblings?
Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.
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