Training for Families

Upcoming Parent Trainings

Relax, Refuel, Rejuvenate

Things are piling up at work, your transmission just went out, and now you have to go to your child’s school for a meeting. With so many stressors piling up on us from every direction it is important to know how to take a deep breath and relax. The goal of this workshop is for participants to increase their ability to effectively manage the stress that they face each day. Through discussion and experiential exercises, participants will learn a variety of strategies for dealing with immediate and acute stress as well as more long-term, chronic stress.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
6:00-9:00 pm
900 Varnum Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
$45/person
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Managing the Triad

There are many joys that come with creating a family through adoption and guardianship. Still, adoptive/guardianship parents, adoptees, and birth parents often experience their own unique feelings of loss, rejection, guilt and shame. Some children have ongoing relationships with their birth parents and/or families, while for others there is no contact. However, birth parents continue to exist in children’s memories, imaginations, and dreams. It is up to parents to help their children navigate relationships that are confusing, sometimes hurtful, yet always important to their developing sense of self. In this training, parents will come away with a better understanding of the different perspectives each member of the triad brings and how to better support their children, while taking care of themselves emotionally in the process.

Saturday, November 5, 2016
9:00-12:00 pm
900 Varnum Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
$45/person
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Transracial Adoption and Parenting

Families who adopt trans-racially or trans-culturally are confronted with a unique set of issues and concerns that require careful thought, preparation and ongoing education. Some of the issues that might arise include: selecting a school and community that embraces differences, educating extended family members, responding to intrusive questions, and preparing your child to confront racism. This seminar is designed to educate prospective and current adoptive parents about the important issues involved in trans-racial and trans-cultural adoption.

Saturday, November 12, 2016
9:00-12:30 pm
457A Carlisle Drive
Herndon, VA 20170
$50/person
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Openness in Adoption

The culture around openness in adoption has changed significantly over the past 10-20 years, and many of us feel as if we’re running to keep up! This training explores the varied nature of open adoption, and discusses how to prepare for the joys and challenges that can come with open adoption. We will discuss setting appropriate boundaries, answering difficult questions, and dealing with the often inconsistent nature of open adoption. We will also hear from adoptive families about their experiences with open adoption, and will hear from staff about their experiences guiding birth and adoptive families through the open adoption relationship. There will be time at the end for questions and discussion. This training is appropriate for both current and prospective adoptive parents.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
9:00-12:30 pm
5750 Executive Drive, Suite 107
Baltimore, MD 21228
$50/person
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Joy, Loss and the Holiday Season

The holidays are a complicated time of year for many foster/adoptive families. This workshop will explore the impact that feelings of joy, loss, and grief can have on youth you are caring for. We will explore the emotions and behaviors that you might be “gifted” with during the holiday season. You will leave with a better understanding of how these underlying feelings amplify behavior and learn strategies on how to manage them.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
6:00-9:00 pm
900 Varnum Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
$45/person
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On Demand Webinars

For those who are unable to attend in-person classes, Adoptions Together offers on-demand webinars 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.

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Finalization

For those who are interested in finalizing on their own we have two options. Domestic Infant Finalization and Finalizing International Adoptions in Maryland.

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