Talking with Young Children About Adoption and Birth Parents

Talking with Young Children About Adoption and Birth Parents

$20.00

Experts all agree that it is important to talk to adopted children about adoption and their birth parents, but that’s easier said and done. In this course, Dr. Jennifer Bliss, PsyD, LCSW, & Director of Adoptions and Foster Care at Vista Del Mar and Family Services in LA, and Chantilly Wijayasinha MSW, MPH, & Adoption Coordinator at Adoptions and Foster Care at Vista Del Mar, discuss how parents should talk to their children about their adoption and when that discussion should begin.

Description

Intended Audience:

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%)

Course Overview:

Experts all agree that it is important to talk to adopted children about adoption and their birth parents, but that’s easier said and done. In this course, Dr. Jennifer Bliss, PsyD, LCSW, & Director of Adoptions and Foster Care at Vista Del Mar and Family Services in LA, and Chantilly Wijayasinha MSW, MPH, & Adoption Coordinator at Adoptions and Foster Care at Vista Del Mar, discuss how parents should talk to their children about their adoption and when that discussion should begin.

This course includes:

  • When is it recommended that parents start talking about adoption with their child?
  • How do the developmental stages of early childhood impact understanding of adoption?
  • At what age do children really grasp the full meaning of being adopted?
  • Why do parent fear talking about adoption and birth parents with their adopted children?
  • How can parents talk with infants about adoption?
  • How can parents talk with toddlers about adoption?
  • How can parents talk with preschoolers about adoption?
  • What are some common questions young children ask about adoption?
  • What is positive adoption language parents can use with young children?
  • What should parents do if their child does not ask questions about adoption?
  • How should parents talk with siblings or other children in the family about the adoption of a child?
  • Little children think adoption is cool and are prone to share (or overshare) any information told. How should you handle treating information privately?
  • When should you start sharing some of the harder parts of your child’s story with them? Do you share that the birth parent is in jail or addicted to drugs?

Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.

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