There were about 500,000 kids in foster care in the US in 2009. There were 2.6 million kids in permanent formal kinship care as of 2009, not counting a large number in informal (e.g. not court ordered) kinship care. (Source: AFCARS)
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Many children available for international adoption have had experiences that will help shape their personalities. Using role playing and thought-provoking exercises, this course helps adoptive parents reconstruct – and understand - the first year of their adopted child's life with eyes wide open.
The With Eyes Wide Open Course will help adoptive parents:
Our panel - an adopted person, a birth mom and an adoptive mom - reflects back on their own experiences with adoption and pose questions to each other giving adoptive parents insight into the thoughts and feelings of each member of the triad.
Sharing their personal stories, and asking challenging questions of each other, offers an understanding of different experiences to parents who may not be able to ask such questions in their own adoption relationships.