International adoption is a life-changing journey. Anchored in Hope: Strengthening Adoptive Families is designed to help families prepare for the placement of a child and to equip them to meet the unique needs of their child. This 10-hour curriculum, with additional resources, is compatible with the Hague requirements of training for prospective adoptive parents.
This course is produced by Adoption Coaching and Training (ACT). ACT is a program of America World Adoption that provides education and support to pre and post-adoptive families.
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These courses will offer a brief overview of the history, culture, and traditions of your child's country. It will explain the adoption process and prepare parents to welcome home their child adopted from their beautiful country.
This course is part of America World Adoption's Hague-compliant training, ANCHORED IN HOPE: Strengthening Adoptive Families. It meets the requirements of Hague Standard 96.48 b (1), (2), (4), (6), and (8).
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PREPARING FOR AFTER YOUR ADOPTION
Making a Family: Preparing for the First Six Months After Placement
This 1.5-hour course will help you to prepare for the arrival of a child by adoption into your family. Topics such as eating, sleeping, bonding, and more will be covered. There is a brief quiz at the end and certificates of completion are available.
Supporting Adoptive Families with Understanding and Wisdom
This 1½-hour course is designed for the support system of adoptive families including grandparents, friends, neighbors, the church community, and more. The course is broken into 5 sections that help you understand the experience of the child in adoption, the experience of the family, the nuances of the adoption adjustment, how you can help, and if needed, how you can provide respite care (care for the adopted child) in a wise and healthy way.
Successful Parenting in Transracial and Transcultural Adoptions
This 1½-hour course is designed to help adoptive families successfully parent an adopted child who is of a different race or culture. Join us as we discuss topics such as identity formation and racism from a Christian worldview.
Please email ACT@awaa.org if you have any questions.
Webinars – Live and On Demand
7 Core Issues in Adoption
Adoption is a beautiful, although complex, way of building a family. There are many circumstances and emotions that are experienced as bittersweet. This complexity can be understood by looking at the seven core issues in adoption – loss, rejection, shame/guilt, grief, identity, intimacy and mastery/control – that affect all members of the adoption constellation. This one-hour webinar will introduce participants to each of the seven issues, and the ways that they can manifest for adoptees and adoptive parents.
Citizenship & Re-Adoption, Part 1
Join us to hear from adoption attorney, Karen S. Law, Esquire, as she addresses common questions about international adoption and citizenship.
Citizenship & Re-Adoption, Part 2
This is a follow-up session from adoption attorney, Karen S. Law, Esquire, as she addresses some additional questions about international adoption and citizenship.
Check back later for more training that America World and ACT are developing. Additional training information can be found on our Resources page.
Referral Training Call
This is a meeting in which an ACT Team Member leads an individual adoptive family in a thorough discussion of their referred child’s social, medical, and psychological history. They help the family to think through how this child and their family could fit together, their plans and expectations for travel and adjustment, and how they can best meet the needs of the child. The Referral Training Call also covers what a family can expect when they first meet their child and how to spend those first few hours, days, and months together as they plan for a successful adjustment. This service is free to families who are adopting through America World and available for a small fee to all other families. For more information, email ACT@awaa.org.
Check back later for more training that America World and ACT are developing. Additional training information can be found on our “Resources” page.