The Making the Commitment to Adoption
Curriculum Purpose and Objectives:Posted August 6th, 2007
- To assist prospective adoptive parents in understanding the process through which they must go to adopt.
- To examine the needs of the children awaiting adoption.
- To help participants better understand their own strengths, needs and challenges they may encounter as an adoptive family.
- To develop competencies deemed necessary to adopt:
- Know how adoptive families are different
- Understand the importance of separation, loss, and grief in adoption
- Understand attachment and its importance in adoption
- Understand the need to anticipate challenges and be able to identify strategies for managing challenges as an adoptive family
- Understand that adoption means making a life long commitment to a child
- To assist participants in understanding the purpose of the family preparation and assessment summary or homestudy, what it will include, and how it may be used.
- To assist prospective adoptive parents in developing, strategies for working with agency staff so that they can make an informed decision about adoption and the adoption of a specific child or specific children.
- To define key roles that various child welfare staff, attorneys, judges and other systems, such as the courts, mental health and health, play in the adoption process.