About the Course
"The Adoption Is Final…Real Life Kicks In" is a comprehensive course designed for adoptive parents who have recently welcomed a child or youth into their family. While the initial excitement of becoming adoptive parents is often overwhelming, it is crucial to recognize the complexities and challenges that arise during the post-adoption journey. This course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate these challenges and provide the best possible support for their child or youth.
Throughout the course, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of honoring birth parents and how their own feelings and behaviors can impact their child or youth's adjustment. By exploring effective strategies, participants will learn how to assist their child or youth in handling feelings of sadness, loss, anxiety, and anger that may arise from their unique adoption experience.
Recognizing the emotional conflicts that can emerge during and after the adoption process is vital. Participants will learn how the child or youth's age, developmental history, and previous traumas may shape their reactions to the adoption. Additionally, participants will be prepared to respond empathetically and provide guidance as their child or youth expresses a desire to search for their biological family.
The course will also highlight the value of utilizing Life Books as a tool to aid in the child or youth's adjustment. Participants will learn how to effectively create and utilize Life Books, which can provide a sense of identity, understanding, and connection for the child or youth.
- Participants will learn the significance of honoring birth parents and how their own feelings and behaviors can profoundly impact their child/youth's adjustment.
- Participants will learn effective techniques to assist the child/youth in managing and coping with feelings of sadness, loss, anxiety, and anger.
- Participants will learn to identify and understand potential emotional conflicts that may arise throughout and after the adoption process.
- Participants will learn how to recognize and consider the influence of the child/youth's age, developmental history, and prior traumas on their response to the adoption experience.
- Participants will learn strategies to respond empathetically and provide support as the child/youth explores their desire to search for their biological family.
- Participants will learn the utilization of Life Books as a valuable resource to aid the child/youth in their adjustment, fostering a sense of identity, comprehension, and connection.