Our Education and Training Department offers ongoing training for adoptive parents. In addition to periodic in-person parent trainings, we offer a library of on-demand webinars addressing unique questions and considerations adoptive parents face, including contact with birth family, challenging behaviors, and issues surrounding transracial adoption. Check out our webinar library
Additional Resources we Suggest:
Books on Adoption
Adoption Life Cycle: The Children and Their Families Through the Years
Examines the effects of adoption on adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents at every stage of life and concludes that adoption is still a worthy solution to a significant social problem.
Adopting After Infertility
This book discusses the hard questions surrounding adoption and infertility, and is separated into three sections: dealing with infertility, making your adoption plan, and raising children in a family built through adoption.
The Open Adoption Experience – A Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families
The Open Adoption Experience seeks to educate those considering open adoptions as well as those already involved to understand and nurture relationships with their children.
Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother
In this candid memoir, Wolff relates her mixed feelings about bringing up a child from a different cultural background. Although she deeply loves her son, she is concerned that a biracial adoption may have made his future life harder.
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
A guide that provides answers and insight into the emotions of the adopted child. Provides insight for adopted children, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals.
Raising Adopted Children, Revised Edition: Practical Reassuring Advice for Every Adoptive Parent
Lois Melina, editor of adopted child newsletter draws on medical and psychological research to guide parents through the development of their child.
Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child
A leading authority offers practical advice for parents on how to talk with their children about adoption and how to help them through the rougher times of growing up adopted.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Presents information for professionals and members of the adoption triad (birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees) on domestic and intercountry adoption
Adoption Tax Credit
Online Community Support
Adoptive Parent Support Forum
Extremely extensive, and covers every imaginable demographic. These are really wonderful forums and a great community resource!
Resources for Professionals
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as the general public to timely, essential information. A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, and online databases covering a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, adoption, search and reunion, and much more.
Adopt Us Kids
Resources for Professionals The National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUsKids (NRCRRFAP), along with the other AdoptUsKids partners, has developed a number of valuable resources to enhance and support the efforts of States, Tribes and Territories in recruiting and retaining foster, adoptive, relative and kin parents.