Independent Home Study: Package for Vista Del Mar

Independent Home Study: Package for Vista Del Mar


This course bundle is designed for independent home study clients of Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services. 


This complimentary course bundle (full discount applied with coupon at checkout) is designed for Independent Home Study clients of Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services.  Each course downloads as a 1-Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of each course including passing a 10-question quiz with a grade of 80%.)

You are required to complete a minimum of three courses. Depending on your parameters, one or both of the Required Courses will apply. The remaining course(s) can be selected from the Additional Courses menu. All courses will be available to stream or download upon checkout.

While not all courses are required, as Vista Del Mar Home Study clients, you have full access to the complete library of audio courses on As you prepare for the lifelong journey of adoption, we encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.

Required Courses:

talking with young children about adoption and birth parentsTalking with Young Children About Adoption and Birth Parents – 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.

transracial adoptionsTransracial Adoption* – Transracial adoptions “works”, but what exactly can parents do to help ensure that their children will grow up happy and healthy with a well formed racial identity? Join our guests Beth Hall, Founder and Director of PACT, a multicultural adoption organization dedicated to addressing essential issues affecting adopted children of color, and co-author of Inside Transracial Adoption and Natasha Sky, a multiracial woman and mother of four young multiracial children who joined her family through birth and adoption. Natasha created the MultiracialSky website, a collection of resources for multiracial families.

*Required if home study approval includes transracial adoption

Choose at least one of these additional courses:

why consider open adoption and how to do it wellWhy Consider Open Adoption and How to do it Well – Open adoption is the norm in domestic infant adoptions in the US and becoming more common in foster care adoption and international adoption. Join Dr. Hal Grotevant and Dr. Ruth McRoy, long-time researchers on the impact of openness on all members of the adoption triad, and lead researchers of the Minnesota/Texas Adoption Research Project (MTARP) as they discuss all aspects of openness in adoption.

open adoption in difficult birth parent situationsOpen Adoption in Difficult Birth Parent Situations – Even if you completely embrace the idea of open adoption, there are situations that make it difficult. How should adoptive parents navigate an open adoption in difficult birth parent situations? Should they even try? In this course, Nancy Burley helps you figure out how to navigate open adoption in less than ideal birth parent situations.  She is the Executive Director and founder of Adoption Circle, an Ohio child placement agency, has twenty-five years of adoption experience working directly with all members of the adoption triad, and is a state certified adoption assessor.

how children process adoption at different agesHow Children Process Adoption at Different Ages – As children grow and mature, their ability to process and comprehend things also changes.  Therefore, parents must continuously change how they discuss adoption with their children.  In this course, Ellen Singer, adoption therapist and educator with the Center for Adoption Support & Education (CASE), talks about how children process adoption at different stages of development and what parents can do to help.

prenatal exposureAccepting an Adoption Match with Prenatal Exposure – Opiates, Methadone, or Hepatitis – Should you accept an adoption match where the baby has been exposed to opiates, heroin, methadone, or other drugs? Is methadone better for the baby? What is the long-term prognosis for a baby with prenatal exposure to drugs? What can be done to help with withdrawal? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Julia Bledsoe, a pediatrician specializing in adoption medicine and drug and alcohol exposure with the University of Washington Center for Adoption Medicine and the UW FAS Clinic.

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