We are honored to be a part of your adoption journey. Our goal is to support and equip families as they prepare to bring home their adoptive children. We seek to educate, empower, and prepare you for the wonderful, and sometimes challenging road ahead.
Why Families Are Forever?
Families Are Forever™ (FAF) is a Hague compliant, interactive, educational course designed to prepare families for international adoption. It’s our goal to provide families with the tools and resources they need to become loving advocates for their adoptive children. While the journey can be challenging, FAF is here to give families the knowledge needed to make the road ahead a little easier.
How It Works
Families Are Forever provides sequential and relevant training for each phase of your adoption journey. After enrolling, each time you log in, your courses will continue from where you last left off. Following completion of each course, you will receive your training certificates.
We’ve divided these essential trainings into separate phases to ensure you are prepared for each stage of your adoption.
Part 1: Pre-Adoptive Education
Providing Foundations for Parenting Children from Hard Places.
During your first pre-adoptive phase, FAF offers 8 interactive courses designed to prepare families for international adoption. This Hague compliant program will help equip your family through thought provoking articles, videos, and essay questions. These classes total 18 hours and are taken as you complete your home study. After completing these courses, you’ve finished your pre-adoptive parent education and training.
If you’d like to dive deeper, and learn more about how you can connect with, and bring healing to your adopted child, check out Phase 2 and additional courses.
Part 2: Adoption Education
Learning to Connect With Your Child
This optional pre-adoptive phase offers 8 interactive courses created to take parents deeper into the subjects of bonding and attachment and the practical ‘how-tos’ of parenting a child from a hard place using TBRI™ – Trust Based Relational Intervention and other closely related materials. We recommend beginning this program once you are matched with a child. These classes – while both practical and idea-rich – will add valuable insights into personalities and temperaments of each individual in your home. These classes total 22 hours and are taken when you know a bit more about the child you are adopting.
Part 3: Continuing Adoption Education
After completing Phases 1 or 2, you’ll have the option to take additional courses to deepen your understanding or learn about challenges specific to your adoptive child. These classes allow families to increase their knowledge of relevant topics and are helpful as you consider a specific child or want more information to help you parent your child. These courses can be taken at any time.
If you’d like to learn more, check out our additional resources page.