ALP offers an array of interactive, e-learning courses that are designed to increase the understanding, joys and challenges of adoption. Throughout the site, they offer downloads of articles and papers and e-learning courses for prospective adoptive parents, adoptive parents as well as professionals. To view their list of e-learning courses, log onto: www.adoptionlearningpartners.org , and select “Catalog” at the top right.
Available courses range from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours to complete. Courses do not need to be completed in one session. Some courses are available free of charge; others that provide certifications require a small fee. All other courses will have an enrollment fee that will include the issue of a Certificate of Completion with fees ranging from $30 to $45 per course if enrolled in individually.
Sample of courses include:
Let’s Talk Adoption
The Journey of Attachment
Finding the Missing Pieces
Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate
Understanding the Adoption Tax Credit
With Eyes Wide Open
Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate: Help for Adoptive Parents
This online course offers complete training (except for hands-on certification and CPR) for future foster and adoptive parents. There is a one-year membership fee of $24 that is often reimbursable. Go to www.fosterparenttraining.com for more information.
Adoptive Families provides information and support through expert articles. Personal stories, expert audio, in-depth eBooks, made-for-sharing Clip & Save tip sheets, parent-to-parent interaction, and more. To view their website, log onto:
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
This e-learning website includes recordings of trainings NACAC has held. Some are available for purchase and some are available at no cost.
Trainings include topics on: Parenting, Adoption Assistance, Adoption Practice, Adoption Tax Credit, Advocacy, Model Programs, Parent Group Development, Post-Adoption Services, Youth Advocacy and Support Networks,
For recorded webinars available for purchase ($15 for NACAC members / $20 for nonmembers), you’ll complete a payment form before you can access the session. For these paid webinars, you can receive a certificate of attendance after viewing the session.
FosterParentCollege.com® (FPC) provides innovative, research-based, interactive online courses for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents. Our self-paced training is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From the comfort of home, parents can enroll, complete a course, and receive a certificate of completion in a single session. The content is developed by nationally recognized experts in the fields of parenting, social work, pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, and education. FPC courses are valued by foster care agencies and praised by caregivers.
The National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth – NCSBY
The National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth (http://www.ncsby.org/) is pleased to share information for an advanced workshop on problematic sexual behavior designed for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents entitled:
Addressing Youth And Children With Problematic Sexual Behaviors: Resources for CACs, Partners, and Caregivers
This is a six-credit hour course designed specifically for foster, adoptive and kinship parents. It uses discussion board activities and interactive exercises to help participants explore strategies for parenting children who have exhibited sexual behavior problems. See below website for cost and details.