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The Making the Commitment to Adoption

Curriculum Purpose and Objectives:
  • 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.

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