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Adoption education for parentsCongratulations! You've decided to adopt and are currently going through the application process.

You might have just sent in your application, or just finished your homestudy, or you're somewhere else in the process. Either way, this 'waiting period' is the perfect time to build your knowledge for now and the road ahead!

Please view our education calendar for dates and to register for sessions.

 

Adopting Teens and Tweens AEP-Plus [online course]
If you are in the process or have already adopted a teen/tween this "AEP Plus" workshop series is for you. Learn about the realities, outcomes, challenges, and joys of adopting an older child. Share stories, network with other families and take home critical parenting strategies and resources to build success. Includes a panel of teen adoptees and their families.
Format: 4 week online course
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Adopting Teens and Tweens in BC [webinar]
This introductory webinar helps families considering teen adoption understand the realities, outcomes, challenges, and joys of adopting a teen or tween.
Format: One 1-hour webinar 
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AEP-Online [online course]
We deliver online versions of the required education programs for the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development and for the Edmonton & Area Child and Family Services Authority. If you are a prospective parent living in a rural area, or if your work commitments are not conducive to face-to-face learning, ask your social worker if the AEP-Online is right for you.
Format: 13 week online course
View our AEP-Online page for upcoming sessions.

Attachment and Adoption Series [webinar]
If you are interested in creating and maintaining healthy parent/child attachments in your adoptive family, this webinar series is for you. Learn about secure and insecure attachments, trauma, grief and loss, transitions and more. Take away some new ideas, practical skills and strategies to build success in your family.
Format:
Three 1-hour webinars
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Attachment: An Introduction [workshop]
Learn about the basics of attachment, how it forms, common challenges for adoptive children and an overview of strategies to promote healthy and strong attachment with your adoptive children
Format: One half day in-person workshop
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Attachment Toolkit Workshop [workshop]
If you are interested in creating and maintaining healthy parent/child attachments in your adoptive family, this full-day, professionally led hands-on workshop is for you. Come and learn about secure and insecure attachments, trauma, grief and loss, transitions and more. Take home some new ideas, practical skills and strategies to build success in your family.
Format: One full day in-person workshop
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Cultural Planning in BC On-Demand Webinar
Join Anne Clayton, BC's Director of Adoption, to learn the facts on adopting Aboriginal children and youth in BC, the role of the Exceptions Commitee and the importance of cultural planning.
Format: One 1.5-hour on-demand webinar
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FASD: Becoming the Sensory Detective at Home On-Demand Webinar 
This webinar identifies examples of factors in the home environment that may trigger children and youth with FASD, identify the indicators of a sensory sensitivity reaction, and explore strategies to reduce the impact of that reaction on the child or youth.
Format: 
One 1-hour on-demand webinar
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Health Issues in International Adoption On-Demand Webinar 
Are you considering adopting internationally? Are you interested in learning about specific health issues facing children coming home to Canada?  If so, this webinar is for you.  This one-hour webinar will review common health concerns including infectious conditions such as tuberculosis and intestinal parasites, immunizations--both home and abroad--and review laboratory testing to consider with your family practitioner when you return home.
Format: One 1-hour on-demand webinar
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Identity Matters On-Demand Webinar Series
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dentity Matters is a two-part advanced webinar series that discusses how to create and/or maintain a positive racial and ethnic identity for your child. It includes how to get comfortable with your child’s community, handling racism, and understanding identity models, including your own. You will gain advice from children who have been and are in the process of developing this part of their identity.
Format: 
Two 1-hour on-demand webinars
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Laughter and Tears in the First Year [webinar]
They laughed, they cried - it became a part of them. An adoptive mother of two boys tells the very real story of her family’s first year after adopting an older child. Her younger son joined her family at 7 yrs old, after spending over 5 years in multiple foster homes in BC. This mom's stories and insights bring a mix of emotion, good humour, and wisdom to her account of what was the most challenging and rewarding year of their lives. Learned during a “crash course in extreme parenting,” she shares the twelve significant lessons her adoptive family has learned to live by.
Format: One 1-hour webinar
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LGBTQ Adoption: History & Challenges of Same Sex Adoption On-Demand Webinar 
Are you wondering about your options for LGBTQ adoption? Get the stats and facts on LGBTQ adoption in Canada in this on-demand webinar in our upcoming LGBTQ on-demand series. Learn the specific issues and statistics surrounding LGBTQ adoption, and some of the challenges faced by same sex adopters. 
Format
One 1-hour on-demand webinar
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Openness in Adoption On-Demand Webinar Series
Are you new to adoption and the topic of openness? This introductory two part webinar will answer your questions: What is openness? What is the history of openness? What does openness look like in an adoptive family? What is an openness agreement? Does openness change with time? What is the Post Adoption Registry? This live webinar will include questions from the on-line audience.
Format: Two 1-hour on-demand webinars
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Safe Babies Series [workshop]
If you are planning to adopt a baby or toddler, locally or internationally, the Safe Baby Workshop Series is for you! This course is especially valuable to families open to children with prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol. The workshops include guest speakers, information on infant care and early childhood, and certified infant/child CPR training.
Format: Five 2.5 hour in-person workshops, includes infant CPR certification
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Siblings in Adoption [webinar]
Are you thinking about adopting siblings? Are you concerned about how your kids will respond to your new adopted child? Join us for this exciting new two-part webinar series that focuses on the effect adoption can have on siblings. In Part 1 we look at the importance of sibling relationships and how to prepare your child and family for a new adopted child. Part 2 then focuses on the benefit of adopting sibling groups as well as how to navigate scenarios when siblings are not adopted together.
Format: One 1-hour webinar
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Transitioning Children and Youth into Adoption [webinar]
Foster and adoptive parents all have key roles in successfully preparing and transitioning children and youth from foster care into adoption. If you are a foster parent or a prospective adoptive parent, this two-part webinar series is for you!
Format: Two 1-hour webinars
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Already adopted?

Whether you're a new or longtime parent, these courses arm you with new tools to beef up your parenting toolbox.

Education for professionals

Our courses for professionals strengthen your understanding of key adoption issues and help prepare you to best meet the needs of today's adoptive families.