The average age for the children in foster care was 9.7 years. Average length of stay in foster care was 27.2 months. The largest percentage of children (47 percent) were in a nonrelative foster family home. Forty-nine percent had a case goal of reunification. 123,000 were awaiting adoption, down from 132,000 in FY 2007. (Children's Bureau AFCARS report, Fiscal Year 2008)
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Open adoption can be a scary and difficult relationship to understand. This course will explain open adoption, will help you to understand the expectant parent and birth parent perspectives and will offer some strategies for making openness part of your every day life.
This course will help prospective adoptive parents:
This package includes 5 courses for a total of 9.5 credit hours of training on topics required for Bethany Christian Services.
This package will help prospective adoptive parents create a profile, understand open adoption and discuss adoption with their children. 14% discount when purchased as a package!
A comprehensive set of courses to help prospective adoptive parents understand the joys and challenges of domestic adoption. 20% discount when you purchase as a package!
This package includes the courses Adopted: The Identity Project, Conspicuous Families, Finding The Missing Pieces, Open Adoption 101, and The Journey of Attachment and the recorded webinar: Attachment-focused Parenting: Create a PLACE with your Children for a total of 9.5 credit hours of training on topics required for Forever Bound Adoption.
Michelle Madrid-Branch shares her personal journey and the things that helped and hurt along the way. An adoption-competent therapist joins her with advice on what adoptive parents can do to help foster a healthy sense of self, while keeping their adopted children company along the way.
This article on the presence of birthfathers in adoption is referenced in Open Adoption 101. Read the full article here!
Sharon writes about her family's experience with open adoption and their relationship with her daughter's birth family. Read the full article here!