Adoption Options REAL Solutions Training Program

Infant Adoption Program:

Your Adoption Journey

  1. Part 1: The Birth Parent Experience
  2. Part 2: Becoming an Effective Adoptive Parent
  3. Part 3: Your Baby is Here: Now What?

    These required classes are offered to families in the infant adoption program. Parts 1 and 2 take place prior to placement of a child, and Part 3 takes place after placement has occurred.  Adoptive families will be invited to these classes at the appropriate time. (total of 17 hours)

Adoption Through the Lifespan

The effects of adoption on the adoptee, birth family, and adoptive family occur throughout the lifespan. In this course, participants will learn in-depth information about human development and how adoptive issues may arise at different developmental stages. Adoptive parents will learn the best ways to support their child through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.  (3 hours)

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Dynamics of Transcultural & Transracial Adoption

Successful adoptive families have a healthy understanding of the issues of race and culture present in adoption. Additionally, with the increase in open and semi-open adoptions, it is essential for adoptive families to understand the dynamics of the important relationship with their child’s birth family, whether or not communication exists presently. This course will challenge participants to consider these dynamics and supply them with the knowledge to manage them in the most effective way for their adopted children. (3 hours) 

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Infant Care for Adoptive Families

Families preparing for an infant adoption will learn what to expect in the hospital or cradle care home, helpful tips about new parenthood, and up-to-date guidance about infant care and safety. This class does NOT cover infant CPR/First Aid. (3 hours)

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Flexible Families and Foster Families Program:

T.L.C. - Trauma Linked Caregiving: Foster Care & Adoption Core Training

Adoption Options offers high quality training for families beginning their journey in foster care, adoption, or kinship care. Initially developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this curriculum is accredited and has been modified with permission to include the most up-to-date research and trends in child welfare. The Adoption Options training offers insight that is trauma-informed and rooted in research, while providing essential knowledge and parenting skills unique to children involved with the child welfare system. Families may register for an entire series or contact us for individual sessions. (18 hours)

Session Topics Include:

* Minimizing the Trauma of Separation

* The Impact of Abuse & Neglect on Development

* Sexual Abuse

* Effective Discipline Techniques for Children with Trauma History

* First 48 Hours of Placement

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* Can be marketed to other CPAs as an option for their families in leu of the State Training.

Lifebooks Training

No story is more fascinating to a child than his or her own, and every child's story deserves to be documented. A lifebook is a chronology of a child's life, helping him/her understand and remember what has happened in the past. Lifebooks can be used to enhance self-esteem, identity formation, and a tool for resolving strong emotions about past events. Participants of Lifebooks Training will learn how to build a lifebook for and with your adopted child, celebrating their story and honoring their journey.

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Waking Up to Trauma: Daily Trauma-Informed Care Planning

Participants will understand the concept of well-being and how it impacts our interactions with and the daily care we provide for children in care.  Solution-focused strategies will be presented to teach families and professionals how to proactively engage with children in the home.  Participants will understand the concepts of Attunement and Regulation, and how both are integral parts of well-being.  Participants will learn skills around daily trauma-informed care for families and children from the child welfare system.  (3 hours) 

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The Basis of Behavior: Techniques to Successfully Parent Children From Foster Care

A few of the biggest issues that foster and adoptive parents face are around how to effectively parent and how to effectively manage behaviors of children in their home. Participants will learn and understand what drives children’s behaviors, and how these behaviors have a direct impact on the family.  Participants will explore how to strengthen relationships between child and caregiver, strategies to successfully parent children, and how to minimize the frustration around behaviors in the home.  This class is designed to be a practical and hands-on approach to assist families with being successful foster and adoptive parents. Participants will learn the importance of balancing their parenting style and home environment to avoid disruptions and chaos in their homes. (1.5 – 4 hours) 

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Specialized Training Program:

Becoming Sensory Smart 

Come with us on a journey as we navigate Sensory Processing Disorder.  This course will educate parents and professionals about Sensory Processing.  Participants will have unique opportunities to experience their environment from the perspective of a person with sensory challenges.  Participants will also learn techniques to help children address their sensory needs.  (3 hours)

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Preparing your Support Network

Training for foster families and families adopting from foster care along with their support network.  This Course will provide participants (Friends, family, etc) with insight regarding the needs of children from the child welfare system.  Participants will gain knowledge and tools regarding how best to give or receive much needed support around caring for these children. (3 hours)

Understanding Children from the Child Welfare System

This course is intended for families, professionals, and community members.  The class will discuss current statistics and trends regarding children needing out-of home care.  Experiential learning opportunities will take participants on a journey of understanding the special needs and experiences of children in the Child Welfare System. (3-5 hours) 

How Trauma Impacts Child Development:

This course is intended for families, professionals, and community members.  The class will discuss how trauma impacts child development and how parents can help children heal.  Experiential learning opportunities will take participants on a journey of understanding the special needs and experiences of children in the Child Welfare System. (1.5 hours) 

How Trauma Impacts Brain Development

This course will provide participants with a brief orientation to the brain and will discuss how trauma and stress impact its’ development and functioning (and ultimately, the child’s behavior). (2-3 hours) 

Institutional Abuse Investigations

Part of being a foster parent involves the potential to experience a child abuse/neglect investigation in your own home.  While this is common for most foster families, it is a confusing and challenging experience.  This training will orient foster families to the process of the investigation itself, the reasons investigations happen, how to prevent investigations, and what to do if you are investigated.  (1.5 hours) 

Special Needs Adoption

What does it mean to Adopt a child from the Child Welfare System?  This Course will help to orient families to the unique needs of children who have been abused and neglected and the challenges that come with parenting these amazing kids. (1.5-2hours)

Understanding Attachment: Physiological, Emotional, Social, and Neurochemical

This Course will provide an in-depth look at the process of attachment.  We will explore how the quality of the attachment process affects a person’s physiology, neurochemistry and behavior. We will also discuss ways to help a child develop a secure attachment to his/her caregiver. (1.5 hours)

The Importance of Preserving Connections with Family

Participants will learn and understand the necessity of family connections, and how these connections impact the children in care.  Participants will explore engagement strategies with biological family members and children to create an essential network of connections to help the child be successful in life.  Foster Parents will learn that their role in the child’s life is important, and how and when to have essential conversations with children about their biological family.  Participants will explore how their input and experiences with the child have a bigger role in the child’s sense of permanency. (1.5 hours) 

Working with Kinship Families: Relationships and Trauma

Becoming a kinship caregiver brings unique challenges.  This training will explore how kinship families come to be caregivers for children in the child welfare system, how to navigate the system, and relationship dynamics with in the entire family system.  Participants will also learn about trauma-informed care for the children placed in their home. (1.5 hours)

Preserving A Child’s Past

Many children in the Child Welfare System lose months and even years of their own history.  This course will teach participants about using Life Books and Journaling as valuable tools to honor a child’s experiences and journey through life. (1.5-3 hours)

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a common trauma children from child welfare experience.  This course will provide an in-depth review of the types of sexual abuse, facts and statistics, what to do if a child discloses sexual abuse, and how to handle sexualized situations. (3 hours)

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