Training for Adoption Professionals

This package meets the Hague requirements for adoption professionals and provides an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Hague convention. In these courses, you’ll learn more about the protections afforded vulnerable children by both their first, and adoptive, countries. We’ll cover: knowledge of the Hague Convention for international adoption in the US, recognition of the Universal Accreditation Act requirements for agencies, and provide awareness of the Intercountry Adoption Act’s conditions, and more.

HAGUE COURSE BUNDLE

Bundle includes “FAF 90P: Hague for Professionals” plus the first 8 classes of Level 100 (FAF 101 – FAF 108) which satisfies the Hague pre-adoptive training requirements for adoption professionals. The bundle totals 22 hours of training.

ENROLL: Hague Professional Bundle

Class 90P:

Hague for Professionals

Designed for adoption professionals, this class provides an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Hague convention. In this course, you’ll learn more about the protections afforded vulnerable children by both their first and adoptive countries. We’ll cover: knowledge of the Hague Convention for international adoption in the US, recognition of the Universal Accreditation Act requirements for agencies, and provide awareness of the Intercountry Adoption Act conditions.

4 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 90P

Class 101:

Preparing for the Journey of Adoption

In this class, we’ll explore Dr. Karyn Purvis’ “7 Insights and 7 Gifts” that you can give your child. We draw heavily from Dr. Purvis’ and her colleague, Dr. David Cross’ work throughout this TBRI®-centered program and their words will inspire you for the journey ahead. This video introduces the challenges of adoption and the ways you can empower your child to trust and heal.

2 Hours • $35
Enroll in Class 101

Class 102

Introduction to Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

This class lays the foundation for most of the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) teachings of this entire program. TBRI® is a proven method for enriching the lives of at-risk, vulnerable children, adolescents, and their families. Much of the information that we’ll examine will be drawn from this material, which includes a 40 minute “TBRI® Overview” video.

2 Hours • $35
Enroll in Class 102

Class 103

Children’s Needs and Intercountry Adoption

In this class, we’ll take an in-depth look at intercountry adoption processes. No matter what country you’ve chosen to adopt from, it’s probably quite different from your own place and family of origin. We’ll respond to common questions from parents—including what your child is most likely experiencing in their foster home or institutional living situation, cultural differences and similarities, as well as the laws and adoption processes from a country new to you in many ways. We’ll use this course as a foundation and then fill you in on many more specifics as your adoption journey continues.

3 Hours • $50
Enroll in Class 103

Class 104

Understanding Children’s Brain Development

The mystery of how your child becomes the small person you meet begins with their developing brain and body—how does this development affect their emotional and behavioral make up? In this course, we’ll learn from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development’s 90-minute video “Children from Hard Places and the Brain.” This video covers topics such as institutionalization and development, and challenges parents to think about what it means to come from a hard place. This TBRI®-focused teaching will start your exploration of what we hope will be a life-long desire to learn just ‘how and why’ children are who they are, and how we as parents can be an enormous part of their healing. We’ll cover how the brain develops, the impact of trauma and institutionalization and how you can help change your child’s brain development through attachment.

2.25 Hours • $35
Enroll in Class 104

Class 105

Common Medical Conditions

This course will challenge you to think about your understanding of special needs and learn more about how to consider whether or not you are prepared to adopt a child with a medical challenge. We’ll cover some common medical conditions and we’ll do our best to provide answers to how to parent a child with special needs. You’ll also hear from families who are parenting a child with a special need and how their life has changed. We’ll leave you with some resources to explore as you consider how to make these very important decisions.

2.5 Hours • $50
Enroll in Class 105

Class 106

Understanding Attachment

In this class, we will look at what healthy attachment looks like and how your attachment style as a parent can ease your relationship with a child. Understanding attachment is an important part of every relationship—the 90 minute “Attachment–Why It Matters Part 1” video will give you the insights needed to start your own voyage of personal discovery, as well as give you practical TBRI® tools for purposeful connection with your child.

2 Hours • $30
Enroll in Class 106

Class 107

Developing Attachment

The more you know about how to engage your child in the ‘attachment dance,’ the more healing you’re able to bring, and the more peace there can be in your home. This course offers some tools for engaging with a child from a hard place. We’ll also learn about incorporating mindfulness about where your child has come from, where he or she is developmentally, and how to gauge your interaction for healing. This course includes the 60-minute video, “Attachment–Why It Matters Part 2.”

2.25 Hours • $35
Enroll in Class 107

Class 108

Transracial Adoption: Building Cultural Awareness

We are all the same on the inside, but learning to acknowledge, celebrate, and understand cultural differences but “blending” as you become a conspicuous family is a life-long journey. Take some steps with this course in deepening your sensitivity and opening your heart for those who are different from you. We’ll explore transracial adoption from the point of view of both adoptive parents and transracial adoptees.

2 Hours • $30
Enroll in Class 108

Additional 100 Level Courses

Class 109

Developing an Adoption Profile

Creating an adoption profile, whether a video or book, that highlights how and why your family is prepared to bring an adoptive child into your home, is an important step. In this class, we’ll examine the best practices and examples of adoption profiles that you can use to create your own profile for either domestic birth mothers or international matching committees.

1 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 109

Class 110

FASD for Adoptive Families

A child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can display a range of behaviors both challenging and puzzling to parents. From signs and symptoms to diagnoses and treatment strategies, we’ll hear from medical professionals and adoptive families who have experienced, and are currently walking the daily adventure of raising children with FASD.

2 Hours • $45
Enroll in Class 110

Class 140

First Family Heritage Search

As you build a trusting, life-long relationship with your adopted child, one of your goals for them is to build a strong and resilient identity. To do this, it’s important to aid in understanding and honoring their birth culture and birth family. What does that look like in international or domestic adoption? Let’s explore together.

2 Hours • $30
Enroll in Class 140

Class 141

Sharing Your Adopted Child’s Story

Preparing for conversations and questions ahead of time and practicing intentional responses to meet the needs of your child, is wise. In this course we’ll cover ways to help your child understand adoption, how to navigate your child’s understanding of their story, and how to know what is “age appropriate.” We’ll also provide practical tools for how to navigate sharing pieces of your child’s adoption story.

2.5 Hours • $40
Enroll in Class 141

Class 150

China Heritage

China’s cultural influence is felt throughout the world through its arts, sciences, production, cuisine and trade. Because of its massive geography and population, it’s easy to forget that China has many different ethnic groups with distinct dialects, customs and traditions. With a long and complex history, China is truly a fascinating country to study. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 150

Class 151

Colombia Heritage

Colombians are very positive people who “work hard to play hard.” The country’s contemporary culture reflects a colorful blend of Spanish, African and indigenous influences that have melded together. We’ll explore the culture and history of a country that flows from modern cities to Amazon rainforest. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 151

Class 152

Philippine Heritage

The Philippines is made up of 3 main clusters of over 7,000 islands. It has a long history of contact with Spain and the United States. In this class, we’ll explore the many facets of the warm and friendly culture that has shaped the background of your child. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 152

Class 153

South Africa Heritage

At the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa boasts diverse ecosystems, peoples, and cultures. Did you know South Africa has 11 official languages? This class will help you prepare to honor and educate your child about the culture, customs, and history of their first home. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 153

Class 154

Haiti Heritage

The Land of Mountains, also known as Haiti, is a colorful and musical place that celebrates its African heritage alongside its Caribbean beauty. Since deciding how you will honor the country and educate your child about the culture, customs, and history of their first home are important aspects of preparing to adopt, here’s a first step into the beautiful country of Haiti. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 154

Class 155

Bulgaria Heritage

As you prepare to adopt a child from Bulgaria, you’ll have to decide how you will honor the country and educate your child about the culture, customs, and history of their first home. Bulgarian people tend to be proud of their traditions, culture, and heritage. Their love for it is reflected in everything from food and songs to dances and jewelry.  Here’s a first step into the beautiful country of Bulgaria. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 155

Class 156

Burundi Heritage

Burundi is sometimes described as a patchwork of cultures influenced by many East African tribes and communities. Stories and folklore still form an important part of life where legends and traditions and are passed between the generations. Here’s a first step into the country to help you decide how you will honor the country and educate your child about the culture, customs, and history of their first home. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 156

Class 157

South Korea Heritage

Korean culture is profoundly influenced by Confucian principles which support harmony, respect for elders, the importance of family, friendship and ancestors, and also, tradition. As you prepare to adopt a child from South Korea, it’s essential that you also become knowledge about your child’s first country. Here’s a first step into the beautiful country of South Korea. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 157

Class 158

India Heritage

India’s culture is among the world’s oldest; civilization in India began about 4,500 years ago. Here’s a first step into the beautiful country of India to help you decide how you will honor the country and educate your child about the culture, customs, and history of their first home. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 158

Class 159

Latvia Heritage

Latvia is often described as the crossroads between Western and Eastern cultures. Unique traditions include the summer solstice holiday, Jāņi, and the Latvian Song and Dance Festival. As you prepare to adopt a child from Latvia, here’s a first step into this beautiful country. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 159

Class 160

Taiwan Heritage

Taiwan is renowned for its fascinating blend of traditional and modern culture. Traditions from Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism influence temple celebrations, literature, and visual and performing arts. Learn more about this beautiful country as you prepare to adopt a child from Taiwan. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 160

Class 161

Nigeria Heritage

Often described as the heartbeat of Africa, Nigeria is known for its vibrant and friendly energy. It’s inhabited by over 250 ethnic groups that speak 500 languages. As you decide how you will honor and educate your child about the culture, customs, and history of their first home, here’s a first step into discovering Nigeria. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 161

Class 162

Ukraine Heritage

In Ukraine’s storied history, great significance was bestowed upon folklore and folk traditions, which added special charm and color to its culture. As you decide how you will honor and educate your child about the culture, customs, and history of their first home, here’s a first step into the country of Ukraine. This class is Hague-compliant.

1.5 Hour • $25
Enroll in Class 162