POST-FINALIZATION TRAINING FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS
947-PA01-S: Changing Hats: Foster to Adopt (3 hours)
A revolving door - that is what life is like for many children caught in the foster care system. Some children move through that revolving door as they are reunited with birth families. Others spin around that revolving door as they proceed from one foster home to another. For some children, that revolving door stops--they are adopted by their foster parents. The phenomenon of foster parent adoption is increasing as more and more agencies recognize the tremendous value of a child’s foster family when an adoptive placement is under consideration. This workshop will explore the benefits of foster parent adoption and present tools for foster parents to use in making a sound decision regarding permanency. Strategies to help a child cope with the transition from foster care to adoption will be presented.
947-PA02-S: Adopting Your Foster Child After Reunification Fails (3 hours)
It is not unusual in the world of foster care and adoption to have a child returned to his or her birth home, only to return to the previous foster/adoptive home for permanency. This workshop addresses a parent’s greatest task – recapturing a child’s heart. During the workshop, parents will address barriers to rebuilding a family relationship, what parents need to know about the returning child and strategies to regain his or her trust and love.
948-PA03-S: Impact of Adoption on Birth Children in the Adoptive Home (3 hours)
This workshop will explore the impact of special needs adoption on birth children in the home. The training will examine the needs of birth children which can easily become “neglected” in the effort to meet the intense needs of traumatized adopted children. Strategies will be presented to assist adoptive parents in finding a balance in meeting the needs of all of the children in their families.
948-PA04-S: After Adoption: Understanding the Lifelong Journey (3 hours)
Adoption is not an event in the life of the adopted person, adopted family, and birth parent. It is a lifelong process. This three hour interactive workshop is about the journey of adoption as seen through the eyes of those who have been touched by the process. Highlighting this workshop will be the presentation of the international award-winning documentary – First Person Plural. Participants will have an opportunity to walk through the adoptive experience with an adult adoptee, adoptive parents, birth parents and birth siblings. The film is a life-changing experience.
Six Weeks of Support for Adoptive Parents SERIES (18 hours over 6 sessions)
This six-week series provides both training and opportunities for group support and sharing among adoptive parents. The participants will meet weekly for six weeks in three-hour workshops for training and facilitated discussion on the following topics:
|| Motivation and Expectations of Adoption
||Who Is Angry and How Do We Manage It?
||Birth Parents--Friends or Foes?
||Support: Everyone Needs It
Each session is three hours in length with 1½ - 2 hours of training and 1 to 1½ hours of guided discussion on the topics listed above.
948-PA11-S: Triggers: What Can Cause Adoption Related Crisis? (3 hours)
The behavior, adjustment, and feelings of children are affected by both normal child development and by their experiences and perceptions. When their experience includes adoption, children will, of course, be affected, by their feelings about that history. It is often difficult for parents and professionals to determine which behaviors are related to normal child development (maturation) and which are related to adoption. Often, the answer lies in the “triggers,” identifiable situations or events that can create emotional upheaval for the adopted child or young adult.The purpose of this workshop is to help adoptive parents identify and prepare for common triggers of adoption-related distress. The workshop should assist parents in developing strategies for preventing or ameliorating crises that can “derail” a child as he grows into a healthy adult.
949-PA12-S: Keepin’ it in the Family: The Unique Issues of Kinship Care (3 hours)
This workshop is specifically designed for the kinship parent. The following unique issues facing the kinship parent will be discussed: understanding and dealing with the changes experienced as a result of caring for kin children, such as loss, shifting family systems, and lifestyle changes, while maintaining a healthy, safe relationship with the children’s birth parents and other family members. Tips for successful and stress-free parenting are highlighted.
949-PA13-S: “Mom, Dad, I’m Searching” The Impact of Search and Reunion on the Family (6 hours)
This workshop is specifically designed for adoptive parents of teens and young adults. The following unique issues facing these parents will be discussed: Understanding and dealing with the needs of the young adult regarding adoption issuesUnderstanding the young adult’s desire to search for his birth familyRecognizing the stages of the search and how to help prepare the searcher for the emotional issues likely to surfaceIdentifying stressors and developing strategies for the family as the young adult begins the search.
949-PA14-S: Mystery History: Helping Your Foster or Adopted Child Understand His Past (6 hours)
This workshop will equip parents with the knowledge and tools they will need as they communicate with their adopted child about the complex, troubling, and often painful aspects of his fragmented past. Participants will learn to answer such questions as: How do I share difficult information about my child’s adoption in a sensitive manner? When is the right time to tell my child the whole truth? How do I find further information about my child’s history? Parents will leave the workshop with knowledge of how to make sense of the past for adopted children of all ages.
949-PA15-S: The Openness Puzzle: 3-2-1Contact! (6 hours)
This workshop provides an overview of the reasons for openness in adoption, as well as an examination of many anxieties felt by adoptive parents in open adoption relationships with birth family members. Participants will explore different options in openness and will receive some guidelines for use in decision-making about when openness is appropriate. Strategies to determine the right level of openness will be presented, and participants will examine the option of changing the level of openness in an already finalized adoption.
949-PA16-S: The Openness Puzzle: 3-2-1Contact! (3 hours)
This workshop provides a brief overview of the reasons for openness in adoption, as well as an examination of many anxieties felt by adoptive parents in open adoption relationships with birth family members. Participants will explore different options in openness and will receive some guidelines for use in decision-making about when openness is appropriate. This three-hour version of The Openness Puzzle: 3-2-1-Contact is a condensed version of a six-hour curriculum which addresses post finalization issues of openness in greater depth.
952-PA17-S: Play with a Purpose: Strategies to Enhance the Parent-Child Relationship (3 hours)
This three-hour workshop will review the concepts of strong parent-child relationships in families formed by adoption. The emphasis will be on strengthening the parent-child relationship using three distinct approaches: the arousal/relationship cycle, repetitive claiming, and positive interaction. The workshop will also include ways for parents to strengthen attachment to their child or teen at the same time. It is recommended that participants have a fundamental knowledge of the issues surrounding attachment prior to attending the workshop.
981-PA18-S: Successful Transcultural Parenting: Dealing with the Dynamics of Difference (6 hours)
This workshop is filled with practical strategies to empower successful families who have adopted or are fostering transculturally. Concrete tools are provided to build cultural identity based on predictable developmental stages. Parents will learn how to enhance cultural connectedness, how to talk frankly with children and youth about cultural issues, and how to advocate for youth in a manner that is respectful, reflective, and sensitive to cultural diversity. Sibling and extended family issues are explored within a framework of positive and successful family building.
983-PA19-S: Diagnosis AD/HD: What’s Next? (6 hours)
Attaching a name to a disorder is just the beginning. Home and school success often depend on the skill of parents who know how to meet their child’s special needs. In this workshop, adoptive and foster parents will receive new ideas for how to end the homework hassle, advocate successfully for the child at school, deal with the frustration of siblings, improve social skills, and preserve the self-esteem of the child who struggles with AD/HD. The unique gifts of these children will also be considered. Over 30 practical tips for how to help children get organized, complete tasks, and keep friends will be shared, as well as numerous print and video resources for ongoing learning and planning for the future.
983-PA20-S: Standing in the Gap: Becoming an Effective Advocate for Your Foster/Adopted Child (3 hours)
The workshop focuses on strategies to enhance the adoptive parent’s ability to advocate effectively for appropriate educational services for their children. The workshop also explores the parent’s role in accessing other special services (e.g. mental health or post adoption services) for their children as well as the adoption subsidies to assist with paying for those services.
987-PA21-S: Single Adoptive Parenting: Single but Never Alone (3 hours)
Single parenting, whether by original plan or later life circumstances, presents both joys and challenges to any parent. Adoption often adds additional challenges for both the parent and child. This three-hour workshop explores the unique issues of single adoptive parenting in a way that is honest, thought-provoking, supportive, and creative. Participants will be encouraged to identify their own needs, as well as their child’s, and to develop short- and long-term strategies to strengthen and support the adoptive family.
987-PA22-S: Adoption and Healthy Adult Relationships (6 hours)
Adoptive parents experience a great amount of stress on their relationships with adult partners. When challenges arise, they can be met by a strong, united couple able to respond in a healthy way to the needs of children in their home. The barometer of a healthy home can best be measured by the well-being of the adult relationship. That relationship provides the “rudder” that steers the course of the family. What makes a relationship strong? What can parents do to maintain a healthy relationship amidst the stresses of parenting adopted children? Adoption and a Healthy Adult Relationship offers a fresh look at the dynamics of adoption and adult relationships. Co-parents will develop a plan to enhance their commitment to one another and to their adopted child(ren). Parents who attend this workshop should attend with their partners.
989-PA23-S: Building a Healthy Adoptive Family: Ten Factors of Success (6 hours)
This six-hour workshop will present 10 factors that can enhance the adjustment of adoptive families in the post finalization period of adoption. The workshop is designed to build awareness of successful adoptive family life. Strategies, attitudes, and values will be presented that can help families enhance attachment and develop realistic expectations, both for themselves and their adoption experience.
994-PA24-S: What Family Tree? School Issues and the Adopted Child (3 hours)
Like all children, children who are adopted or in foster care spend a good portion of their waking hours in school. Because school is such an important aspect of children’s lives, it is crucial that the child’s school experience be a positive one. When a child experiences a problem at school, the parent might wonder if the problem is related to the child’s child welfare experience or if it is a “generic” problem common to all children. This workshop will help parents know how and when to share information with their child’s teacher and other school personnel, be able to talk with their child about how and when to share their “story” with peers, identify challenging assignments / moments that fostered or adopted children face in the school curriculum and be able to identify alternative strategies for approaching those assignments, and identify behaviors or situations that may require special help in the school setting.
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