We are committed to educating parents and professionals about current issues in international adoption. We provide:
- Orientation to International or Domestic Adoption
- Program Overviews
- Seminars for Adoptive Families or Adoption Professionals
- ICF Adoption Updates
- Resources to meet pre-adoption education requirements
- Post adoption counseling
- Referrals to family and child therapists
All families are required to complete a minimum of ten hours of pre-adoption education with a set curriculum. Pre-adoption education is a positive way to explore all the facets of adoption and become better prepared to understand your child, identify concerns and provide support or services.
All children coming through the dramatic transition that adoption entails need extra understanding during their adjustment phase. In addition, adopted children have special needs with respect to forming an identity that can embrace both the known and unknown parts of their history.
Adoption Reading Recommendations
When you have questions about adoption, let us know. We would be happy to share some ideas or recommend books for adoptive parenting!
One book we would like to highlight is
written by an adoptive mother, Lori Hetzel, about her family’s saga through a Russian adoption and the difficulties they faced after bringing their daughter home. Order on Amazon at Loving Harder
Some favorites about adoption, orphanage life and the countries where we work:
Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child, Patty Cogen
More about Patty Cogen
There is No Me without You, Melissa Fay Greene
Raising Adopted Children, Lois Ruskai Melina
The Connected Child, Karyn Purvis, D. Cross, W. Sunshine
Parenting the Hurt Child, Gregory Keck, R. Kupecky
Attaching in Adoption, Deborah Gray
Nurturing Adoptions, Deborah Gray
The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog, Bruce Perry & Maia Szalavitz
Life After Violence, A People’s Story of Burundi, Peter Uvin
Adoption Education Resources
General adoption on-line courses and Hague-approved curriculum:
Adoption Learning Partners provides international, Hague-specific, China-specific and domestic adoption education
Heart of the Matter Seminars provides international, Hague-specific and domestic adoption education
Russia on-line courses and optional in-person courses in AZ and NY:
BG Center provides Russia-specific adoption education curriculum and other resources for adoptive parents
Adoption Reading Resources
Please visit the Adoption Resource page, as well, for other information about adoption service providers. Adoption is a life-long journey!