International Adoption Training

You will be required to complete at least ten (10) hours of pre-adoptive training.

** Families who are adopting from China- 2 additional training hours are required by the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA)**

Training Requirements if you do not have an identified child:

Interested in adopting a child 0-6 months old:
  • 1 hour phone consultation ($100)
  • Remaining 9 training hours completed online or in-person
Interested in adopting a child 6 months or older:
  • 3 hour in-person group training ($250)
  • **Price includes a 1 hour phone consultation after receiving a referral**
  • Remaining 7 training hours completed online or in-person

Training Requirements if you do have an identified child:

Interested in adopting a child 0-6 months old:
  • 1 hour phone consultation ($100)
  • Remaining 9 training hours completed online or in-person
Interested in adopting a child 6 months or older:
  • 3 hour in-person Individualized Training ($350)
  • Remaining 7 training hours completed online or in-person
 
  • Description of In-Person Group Training:
    This group training is for pre-adoptive families who plan to adopt children over six months old internationally. This training will insure that families learn effective strategies so that they are prepared to “hit the ground running”. The specific goals of the training are as follows:
    • To understand the effects of insecure attachment on the behaviors of children who have been in foster care and/or an orphanage
    • To understand the effects of trauma on a child’s cognitive, social, emotional and neurological development.
    • To understand the effects of pre-natal drug or alcohol exposure.
    • To learn strategies for managing the transition to the family.
    • To learn strategies for helping siblings adjust to the child.
    • To learn about local resources.
    • Includes 1 hour phone consultation after receiving a referral.
    • All trainings are from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm unless otherwise stated.
     

    Upcoming Dates:
    Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 3:00 pm 6:00 pm (Calverton)
    Thursday, January 17, 2017 (Calverton)
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (Baltimore)
    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (Virginia)
    Thursday, June 1, 2017 (Calverton)
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (Baltimore)
    Thursday, October 12, 2017 (Calverton)
    Monday, December 4, 2017 (Baltimore)

    Please register for this training through your MyAdoptionPortal account. If you have any problems or do not have a MyAdoptionPortal account please contact Lexi Simons at lsimons@adoptionstogether.org or (410) 402-1109

  • Description of In-Person Individualized Training:
    This individualized training is for pre-adoptive families who plan to adopt children over 6 months old internationally and have an identified child. It is personalized for your child and specific family situation, with an emphasis on strategies that encourage a positive transition for your child and family. This training will insure that you learn effective strategies so that you are prepared to “hit the ground running”. The specific goals of the training are as follows:
    • To understand the effects of insecure attachment on the behaviors of your child who has been in foster care and/or an orphanage
    • To understand the effects of trauma on your child’s cognitive, social, emotional and neurological development.
    • To understand the effects of pre-natal drug or alcohol exposure.
    • To process any known information about your child to help you successfully integrate your child into your family.
    • To learn strategies for managing the transition into your family.
    • To learn strategies for helping siblings adjust to your adopted child.
    • To learn about local resources.
  • Description of Phone Consultation:

    The purpose of the phone consultation for 0 – 6, if you do not have an identified child, is to prepare the parent(s) for the range of possible issues that may affect an infant who has had a stressful pre-natal experience and/or a distressed attachment experience. Parents will also be prepared to ask specific questions of the placing agency to decide if this situation is right for them.

    The purpose of the phone consultation for 0 – 6, if you do have an identified placement, is to prepare the parent(s) for transitioning the baby into his/her permanent home. The baby’s pre-natal experience and/or the experience with attachment will inform the parent’s interventions so that the baby will thrive in their family from the beginning.

    The In-Person Group Training includes a phone consultation after receiving the referral. The purpose of this consultation is to help the family understand the specific issues related to the child’s attachment and trauma history as well as the pre-natal environment so that the family can best transition the child to their home and provide effective parenting strategies.

FamilyWorks Together offers a comprehensive catalogue of both in-person and online trainings to help adoptive families, guardianship parents, and families connected to the child welfare system become stronger through learning. We can help you learn the skills you need to build a stronger foundation for your family.