Families Are Forever is a Hague compliant, interactive training intended to help prepare and equip families for the challenges and joys of international adoption. Each course will immerse families in thought-provoking material vitally relevant to adopted children from ‘hard places.’ It’s our goal to introduce these subjects so that you are ready to engage with your child and to become his/her informed and loving advocate. Some of the topics addressed in Families Are Forever will include: understanding child development, the effects of trauma, neurochemistry, sensory processing issues, parent attachment styles, benefits of secure attachment, and behavioral challenges.

“The training provided at Families are Forever is really well done. It is comprehensive, holistic, and includes a variety of learning modalities. I like the way it engages the learner through thoughtful courses, questions, and assignments. It is a great preparation tool for caregivers who are going to foster or adopt.”

Casey Call, Ph.D.
LPC-S Assistant Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

Providing Foundations for Parenting Children from Hard Places.

During your first pre-adoptive phase, FAF 100-level courses prepare families for international or domestic adoption. The international bundle is a Hague compliant program that equips families through thought provoking articles, videos, and questions. These classes 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.

Learning to Connect With Your Child

Level 200 courses 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 are taken when you know a bit more about the child you are adopting.

Additional Courses

Level 300 courses help you learn or deepen your understanding 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.