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August 12, 2021 Noon-1pm EST: Openness is OK The main goal of this training is to equip anyone touched by adoption to reduce fear and welcome an appropriate partnership. An adoptive parent and a foster adoptive parent will share personal experiences including interventions when situations become unhealthy for the adopted child, the importance of birth family connections for the adopted child, and help to remove the stigma of fear surrounding birth family involvement.
October 12, 2021 7-8pm EST: The Process of Making a Placement Decision Participants will gain an understanding of the decision-making process of choosing adoption from the expectant parent's perspective, including stages of grieving and the process of exploring parenting and adoption during pregnancy. Jennifer Mae placed her infant daughter 17 years ago and she will address the emotional side of choosing adoption, from the biological parent's perspective.
November 18, 2021 6-7pm EST: Understanding Mental Health Diagnoses in Adoption This training increases parents' understanding of mental health diagnoses commonly reported among birthparents and potential outcomes of parenting a child genetically exposed to certain mental health diagnoses.
Understanding Addiction and Pregnancy Parents will gain an understanding of recognition of signs/indicators of substance use/abuse in pregnant women, case management needs of birth mothers with substance abuse issues, and how to meet the needs of the vulnerable population of mothers experiencing substance use disorders and infants exposed to substances in utero.
How to Establish Trust and Healthy Boundaries with Birth Families Rachel (foster/adoptive mom) and Erika (birth mom) will share their unique story of how their relationship evolved over time as they built trust and set boundaries throughout the process of fostering and then finalization of their son's adoption.
The Ongoing Path of Adoption: Adoption Issues into Adulthood This program will look at common emotional triggers that occur for adoptees as they transition into young adulthood and adulthood, as well as how adoptees may respond differently to normal life transitions such as emancipation, marriage, and parenthood. Parents will learn strategies to help children normalize these triggers.
Different Types of Adoption This training will be an overview of the vast array of adoption options in our society including infant adoption, foster care, kinship, step parent, international and embryo adoptions.