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Struggling in School: Making sense of IEPs, 504s, and your child's right to an education 

Is your child struggling in school?  Deciding how to take the next step in supporting your child’s education can be a daunting task.  Educational jargon, contradictory advice and excessive red tape only make the process more difficult.  Adoptions Together has created a training to help clarify the process of helping your child receive an appropriate education.  Come hear experts in the field address questions such as:

  •      How do I know if my child needs and Individual Education Plan?
  •      What is an IEP and 504?
  •      What educational services does my child have a right to?
  •      How do I begin the process of requesting additional services?
  •      How do I proceed if the school is not cooperating?
Speakers include: Melissa Whisted, Principal of White Oak School, Ashley VanCleef, Supervisor of Equity Assurance and Compliance in Montgomery County Schools, and Harry Goldwater, attorney and social worker with extensive experience in Special Education cases. 

Please contact Alisha Wolf at (410) 402-1121 or for more information.  We hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4061 Powder Mill Road, Suite 320
Calverton, MD 20705
Fee: $30/individual $50/couple  

Click here to register and learn more.

Talking to Your Child About Adoption 

One of the most difficult, but important aspects of being an adoptive parent is learning how to comfortably discuss adoption issues with your child.  What will your child ask you about adoption?  When can you expect it?  Will you know what to say?  Talking to Your Child about Adoption provides parents with information and techniques for talking with children in a developmentally appropriate manner, and for helping children cope with comments, feelings, and intrusive questions.  Talking with your child about their birth history can be difficult, especially when there are painful or sensitive issues related to their birth family and past.  Talking to Your Child about Adoption will explore ways to discuss difficult birth family histories marked by mental illness, substance abuse, criminal behavior, physical or sexual abuse, or abandonment and neglect.  Parents will learn when to share information, how much information to share, and how to convey the details in a way that is supportive and developmentally appropriate.  

Please contact Alisha Wolf at (410) 402-1121 or for more information.  We hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
4061 Powder Mill Road, Suite 320
Calverton, MD 20705
Fee: $30/individual $50/couple  

Click here to register and learn more.

Adoptions Together strengthens family systems through specialized parent education, training, and support

At Adoptions Together, we recognize that families are formed in many ways and that raising a healthy family requires careful preparation and ongoing support.  Being a parent, no matter the circumstances, can at times be overwhelming and difficult, yet also highly gratifying.  We are committed to providing quality parent training and adoption education to adoptive families, complex blended families, as well as families formed through foster care and kinship care. Adoption education and parent training is designed to ensure that parents are better prepared to meet the challenges and reap the rewards of parenting.
Adoptions Together offers adoption education and parent training on a wide range of topics that address the unique needs of adoptive, blended, foster and kinship care families.  Seminars and workshops cover topics such as attachment and trauma, grief and loss, parenting a teen, talking to children about adoption, navigating the birthparent relationship, managing challenging behaviors, and transracial adoption.

Adoption education and parent training is an investment in the health and well-being of your family. The more informed and prepared you are, the more confident and successful you will be as you navigate the journey of parenthood. No matter what issues arise, you can be confident that Adoptions Together is committed to providing specialized parent training, adoption education, and post-placement support that will meet your needs and address your concerns. We continue to work with you through finalization and beyond, providing classes and seminars that support you every step of the way.

Affordable, Convenient, and Easily Accessible Parent Training and Adoption Education

At Adoptions Together, we understand that families have many competing demands, and it is not always practical or feasible to attend a seminar in a classroom setting. In order to be useful and effective, parents must be able to access information and support when they need it most. We strive to make parent training affordable, convenient, and easily accessible by offering in person, online, and on-demand options for parent training and adoption education.

Parent Training in the Classroom

While many seminars can be taught online, we recognize that some families prefer the opportunity to interact face to face, and there is some subject matter that can be better addressed in person. Adoptions Together offers many in-person seminars throughout the year that provide a solid foundation and introduction to issues related to international and domestic adoption. These parent training courses are typically held in our Virginia and Maryland offices and are continuously listed on our Events Calendar.

Parent Training Online

Online parent training affords parents the opportunity to attend classes and enhance their knowledge and skills from the comfort of home – or from any location, for that matter.  Adoption education and parent training courses on a wide range of topics are offered in the evenings and are facilitated by knowledgeable and caring professionals with expertise in the subject matter. The interactive online learning environment allows for the exchange of information and ideas between the instructor and participants.

Parent Training On Demand

For those who are unable to attend in-person classes or live webinars, Adoptions Together offers a comprehensive resource library of on-demand courses that parents can access at any time, from any location.  This library allows busy parents to enhance their knowledge and complete training requirements at their convenience.

A variety of adoption education and parent training courses are currently available for download at a nominal fee, with new courses added on a regular basis. For more information on adoption education and parent training, check our Events Calendar. New courses are added frequently, so if you do not see what you are looking for, visit our website again soon!