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Want to learn more about adoption from other adoptive parents and recognized experts from the comfort and privacy of your own home? Take a ThinkingOfAdopting.com Adoption Telecourse or Webinar. Our current offerings are listed below.    To sign-up, click the appropriate “register” button below or contact us by phone at 410-916-1542. And, don’t forget to subscribe to our Newsletter to be notified of new offerings. Never taken one of our telecourses or webinars before? Learn more by reading our frequently asked questions or our testimonials.

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Recorded Adoption Telecourses & Webinars:
Transracial Adoption 101 w/ Michelle M. Hughes, J.D.
Attachment & Adoption w/ Lark Eshleman, Ph.D.
An Introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder w/ Carol Stock Kranowitz
Transitioning Your Child from Orphanage or Foster Care to Home w/ Dr. Ronald Federici
Medical Issues in Adopting from China with Dr. Todd Ochs
Medical Aspects of International Adoption with Alla Gordina, MD, FAAP
Choices: Adopting from China, Guatemala, Kazakhstan & Russia w/ Inna Pecar
Ask About ADD/ADHD Live w/ Dr. Thomas Phelan

Adoptive Parent Stories:
Healing Hannah: Attachment from a Parent’s Point of View w/ Dawn Choate
True Blessings: A Single Mom Reflects on Adopting Two at Once w/ Margaret Schwartz
His Will: From Infertility to Adopting Four Children and Beyond w/ Michelle Schultze
From Birth Mother to Adoptive Mother: One Woman’s Journey w/ Mary Beth Wells

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Telecourse/Webinar

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Transracial Adoption 101: 
Becoming a Multi-Racial Family through Adoption

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Learn More:
Listen to Robin’s Podcast interview with Michelle M. Hughes, J.D. by clicking the button below (depending on your browser you may have to click it twice):
 

New_Icon03Are you considering starting or growing your family by adopting a child of a different race or culture?  If so, you owe it to yourself and your family to prepare now by joining diversity consultant & adoption attorney Michelle M. Hughes, J.D., for a comprehensive introduction to the joys and realities of becoming a multi-racial family.

This course was designed to meet the Hague Convention training requirements for “information on the long-term implications for a family that has become multicultural through intercountry adoption” (Section 96.48 (b) (7)), and is appropriate for both pre- and post-adoptive parents.

Transracial Adoption 101 takes approximately 2 hours to complete, including a 90 minute recorded webinar to watch over the Internet at your convenience, two self-paced exercises and a self-evaluation (quiz).

Webinar Cost:
$29.95

Register for "Ask About ADD/ADHSD Live"

Note:
A portion of the proceeds from this course will be donated to an adoption related charity

 

Certificate of Completion for Hague Adoptive Parent Training Available upon Request

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Recorded Telecourses & Webinars Available Now

Telecourse/Webinar

Description

Dates

Attachment & Adoption: What is It and Why is It so Important?

Becoming A Family by Lark Eshleman, PhD
Dr. Eshleman’s Book
Becoming A Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments with Your Adopted Child

Learn More:
Listen to Robin’s Podcast interview with Dr. Eshleman by clicking the button below (depending on your browser you may have to click it twice):
 

View comments on a previous webinar by Dr. Eshleman received from past participants.

Are you worried about attachment? Do you want to be sure you could recognize the signs of broken attachment? Think you may be having attachment challenges?  If so, join Lark Eshleman, Ph.D., author of Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachment in Adopted Children, expert on attachment and reactive attachment disorder, as well as founder of the Institute for Children and Families for this introductory course on attachment and adoption.

Attachment & Adoption covers:

  • What is “attachment”
  • Why attachment is important both
  •  emotionally & physically

  • What can cause breaks in attachment
  • Implications for Adoptive Parents
  • Recognizing attachment challenges
  • The four attachment styles
  • Resources to learn more
  • Attachment & Adoption has two parts: a recorded webinar of approximately 60 minutes to watch over the Internet at your convenience plus a recording (audio only) of the 60 minute question and answer session Dr. Eshleman held via teleconference with pre- and post-adoptive parents on 2/7/07.

    Webinar Cost:
    $19.95

    Register for "Adopting the Orphanage Child"

    Note:
    A portion of the proceeds from this course will be donated to an adoption related charity

     

    Certificate of Completion for Hague Adoptive Parent Training Available upon Request

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    An Introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder: Understanding & Recognizing SPD in Adopted Children

    The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

    Carol Kranowitz’s Book
    The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing & Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder

    Learn More:
    Listen to Robin’s Podcast interview with Carol Stock Kranowitz by clicking the button below (depending on your browser you may have to click it twice):
     

    Did you know that adopted children often face sensory processing challenges — and that these challenges can affect their development? If you would like to understand and recognize sensory processing disorder (SPD), join Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., the nationally recognized leader in SPD education and the author of “The Out-of-Sync Child”, for a comprehensive introduction to SPD.

    Questions addressed include:

    What is sensory processing?

    Why is sensory processing critical to

         your child’s development?

    What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

    What are the causes, types, symptoms

         and associated challenges?

    What are the differences between SPD

         and ADHD?

    Why is knowing about SPD important

         for adoptive parents & adoption

         professionals?

    What should you do if you suspect

         SPD?

    How can you learn more?

    This webinar is appropriate for both pre- and post-adoptive parents.

    An Introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder is a recorded webinar of approximately 74 minutes in length to watch over the Internet at your convenience.

    Webinar Cost:
    $24.95

    Register for "Adopting the Orphanage Child"

    Note:
    A portion of the proceeds from this course will be donated to an adoption related charity

     

    Certificate of Completion for Hague Adoptive Parent Training Available upon Request

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    Transitioning Your Child from Orphanage or Foster Care to Home

    Help for the Hopeless Child by Dr. Federici

    Dr. Federici’s Book
    Help for the Hopeless Child: A Guide for Families

    Learn More:
    Listen to Robin’s Podcast interview with Dr. Federici by clicking the button below (depending on your browser you may have to click it twice):
     

    Nationally recognized expert and father of seven internationally adopted children, Dr. Ronald S. Federici presents straightforward, practical advice to help you help your new child overcome the effects of the orphanage or foster care so you and child can have the smoothest transition possible.

    Dr. Federici, who has appeared on Dateline, 20/20, Nightline and the Oprah Winfrey Show, covers topics including:

  • Preparing for your new child
  • Coping with the journey home
  • How long to stay home
  • Appropriate developmental activities
  • Handling bedtime
  • When to use your child’s native
       language
  • What type of TV shows could help
  • Doing chores & earning privileges
  • The importance of “holding time” and
       practicing facial expressions
  • The symptoms of an unattached child
  • The webinar is appropriate for both pre- and post-adoptive parents.

    Transitioning Your Child is a recorded webinar of approximately 30 minutes in length.

    Webinar Cost:
    $19.95

    Register for "Adopting the Orphanage Child"

    Note:
    A portion of the proceeds from this course will be donated to an adoption related charity

     

    Certificate of Completion for Hague Adoptive Parent Training Available upon Request

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    Medical Issues in Adopting from China
    (formerly titled “Adopting the Orphanage Child”)

    Orphanage Child

    Learn More:
    Watch a preview of the recorded portion of this webinar (6 minutes)

    Listen to Robin’s Podcast on a previous live offering of this webinar by clicking the button below:
     

     

    Dr. Todd Ochs, an adoption pediatrician and father of five, including four special needs daughters adopted from China, discusses adopting from China including orphanage life, risk factors in orphans, referrals, and common post adoption issues.

    This webinar covers:

  • An overview of adopting from China.
  • Adopting the orphanage child,
  • including effects of institutionalization and diseases of poverty.

  • Reviewing your referral,
  • including questions worth asking

  • What to do while you are waiting,
  • including getting your immunizations and learning about environmental issues in China.

  • Getting ready to travel,
  • including common medical issues you could encounter with your new child.

  • What you need to do medically upon
  • your return.

  • Attaching with your new child.
  • Dr. Ochs’ advice on parenting.
  • Medical Issues in Adopting from China has two parts: a recorded webinar of approximately 80 minutes to watch over the Internet at your convenience plus a recording (audio only) of the 90 minute question and answer session Dr. Ochs held via teleconference with pre- and post-adoptive parents on 10/15/06.

    Note: This webinar was previously called “Adopting the Orphanage Child”

    View comments on this webinar received from past participants.

    Webinar Cost:
    $19.95

    Register for "Adopting the Orphanage Child"

    Note:
    A portion of the proceeds from this course will be donated Bring Me Hope, an adoption related charity

    Certificate of Completion for Hague Adoptive Parent Training Available upon Request

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    Medical Aspects of International Adoption

    Alla Gordina, MD, FAAP

    Learn More:
    Watch a preview of the recorded portion of this webinar (7 minutes)

    Listen to Robin’s Podcast on international adoption doctors by clicking the button below:


    View Dr. Gordina’s responses to questions she’s received on the Ask Alla Gordina, MD, FAAP section of the ThinkingOfAdopting.com Forum. 

    Dr. Alla Gordina, recently named one of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s 2006 “Angels of Adoption”, provides a great introduction to the medical aspects of international adoption, from pre-adoption medicals for parents through giardia, TB and post-adoption depression with a focus on Russian and the countries of the former Soviet Union including Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

    Medical Aspects of International Adoption has two parts: a recorded presentation lasting approximately 65 minutes by Dr. Gordina that you can view and listen to over the Internet at your convenience (watch a preview), and two recordings (audio only) of question and answer sessions Dr. Gordina held via teleconference totaling approximately 150 minutes.

    View comments on this webinar received from past participants.

    Webinar Cost:
    $19.95

    Register for "Medical Aspects of International Adoption'

    Note:
    A portion of the proceeds from this course will be donated to an adoption related charity

    Certificate of Completion for Hague Adoptive Parent Training Available upon Request

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    Healing Hannah:  Attachment from an Adoptive Parent’s Point of View

    Dawn Choate

     

    Dawn Choate, a mother of four children including two adopted from China, discusses the attachment challenges she faced with one of her daughters including describing the symptoms, how she realized she was facing attachment challenges, and how she found the resources needed to overcome them. This telecourse is a great opportunity for both pre and post adoptive parents regardless of the country of your child’s birth. Dawn’s story was featured in Adoption Today magazine’s June/July 2006 issue as well as on RainbowKids.com.

    Recorded adoption telecourse (audio over the internet) .

    View comments on this telecourse received from past participants.

    Telecourse Cost:
    Free

    Register for "Healing Hannah"

    Choices: Adopting from China, Guatemala, Kazakhstan & Russia

    Inna Pecar

    Are you not sure which country you want to adopt from?  In “Choices”, Inna Pecar, licensed clinical social worker and founder & director of KidsFirst Adoption Services, discusses adoption from these countries including why children are available for adoption, the rules and restrictions of adoption programs from these countries, estimated wait times, travel requirements, and costs. Inna also shows sample referrals from some of these countries. “Choices” is a great way to learn about adoption from China, Guatemala, Kazakhstan & Russia from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

    Recorded adoption webinar approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes in length that you view and listen to over the Internet at your convenience.

    View comments on this webinar received from past participants.

    Webinar Cost:
    Free

    Register for "Choices"

    Ask About ADD/ADHD Live with Dr. Thomas Phelan

    Dr. Thomas Phelan

    Learn More:
    Listen to Robin’s Podcast interview with Dr. Phelan by clicking the button below (depending on your browser you may have to click it twice):
     

    Do you want to learn more about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Are you wondering how to tell if your child is faced with these challenges, or how to help your child if they are?  If so, listen to a recording of the live Q&A session hosted by Dr. Thomas Phelan, an internationally recognized expert on parenting and ADD, clinical psychologist, author of “All About Attention Deficit Disorder” and “1-2-3 Magic”, as he answers questions from parents.

    This recording is offered free of charge courtesy of Dr. Phelan and ThinkingOfAdopting.com.

    Telecourse Cost:
    Free

    Register for "Ask About ADD/ADHSD Live"

     

    True Blessings: A Single Mom Reflects on Adopting Two at Once

    Margaret L. Schwart, adoptive mom of two

    New_Icon03 Margaret Schwartz, a single mother of two children adopted from Ukraine, shares her story including how she came to adopt, bringing home her two boys, and the changes to her life when they arrived home.  This telecourse is a provides valuable information and inspiration for single women considering adoption as well as anyone considering adopting two children at once. Margaret is the author of The Pumpkin Patch: A Single Woman’s International Adoption Journey, which details her entire adoption journey.

    Recorded adoption telecourse (audio over the internet) .

    Telecourse Cost:
    Free

    Register for "Healing Hannah"

    His Will:  From Infertility to Adopting Four Children and Beyond

    Michelle Schultze

     Adoptive mom Michelle Schultze shares the inspirational story of her journey from infertility to adoption; a journey of discerning and submitting to God’s will that led to paths never expected.  Listen to Michelle as she describes how she and her husband were called to start their family through a private adoption and continue its growth through the blessings of a Chinese adoption in which God’s provision proved to be faithful time and again.  And how, when they thought they were “done”, God called them to adopt two brothers out of foster care.  Michelle describes how her family has come together and how, as a “multi-ethnic” family, they have the opportunity to witness God’s love every day.

    Recorded adoption telecourse (audio over the internet) .

    Telecourse Cost:
    Free

    Register for "Healing Hannah"

    From Birth Mother to Adoptive Mother: One Woman’s Journey

    Mary Beth Wells and Sophia

    Mary Beth Wells shares her very personal story of adopting two girls from Guatemala after the pain and heartache of relinquishing a baby when she was very young and subsequently suffering through infertility. This is a very honest and heartfelt adoption story.

    Recorded adoption telecourse (audio over the internet) .

    Telecourse Cost:
    Free
     

    Register for "Healing Hannah"

     

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