Prevention Before Placement: Screen Define Expectations Educate Network Presume post-adoption services After Placement: Support & sustain Respond to phone calls within 24 hours
Prevention Challenge Prepare families while they have little context for learning and are focused on the logistics of bringing a child “home”.
Screen: what do we use & why State-required basics Predictive measures CUIDA Adult Attachment Scale Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory Safe Home Studies Smith & Howard research Cradle research
Screening Tools Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2)Parenting Safe Questionnaire IIQuestionnaire Adult Attachment Inventory i_interview.pdf Summary discussion by Mary B. Main
Positive Outcomes / Skills to Teach Capacity for relationships Self-regulation Self-efficacy Identity Researchers: S. Smith & J Howard
Screen for Realistic Expectations Cradle research: 2013 Siragusa grants review Not the severity of child’s disability or challenge that disorients parents, it is the unexpected.
Define Expectations 1/4
Leap of Faith: “I can’t believe God would call us to an action that will not succeed.” Christian Guide to The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis Expectations / Faith-based Lens
Effective Training People remember: 16% of what read 20% of what see 30% of what told 50% of what see and told 70% of what see, told and respond to 90% of what actively practice (do, see, respond, and manipulate or discuss) Figures are taken from several studies on retention and indicate averages rather than reflecting individual responses or impact of various learning styles.
US Department of Education Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development September 2010
Training Topics Tough Starts (Trauma: neglect & abuse) Lifebooks Transracial FAS/FASD Sexual abuse School struggles & IEP’s Self-regulation & discipline Can’t vs. Won’t ???
Use with Permission from Ed Tronick and Adoption Learning Partners. Early Trauma
Lifebook: for AP or Siblings Copyright AdoptionLearningPartners.org 2009
Conspicuous Families Braids, Curls, Twists & Twirls Identity: The Adoption Project Other resources incl: Youtube.com Youtube.com WISE-UP (CASE) Mentors & support groups “No one who looks like me is worth my parents’ friendship”
FAS / FASD IQ low to normal ADD/ADHD Learning disabilities – academic challenges Executive functioning (common sense) Can look normal or have some facial features Possible higher risk for mental illness Often development tests w/in normal range
Sexual Abuse: ALP webinar Sex Proof Talk: No touching bathing suit area Tell adult if touched— tell, even if promised not to Only parents have sex, and only in bedroom with door closed
Siblings Kids in family already Birth siblings placed into your family Previous or subsequent birth sib. or ½ sib. by Jane Schnitter
Network: Identify & Test Drive Mentor Local/live support/adoption group On-line communities By anticipated challenges By country of origin Professionals (adoption & trauma competent) Require test drive professionals and support groups during home study
Preparing Extended Family & Friends Bring them up to speed: Adoptive Families Magazine Live and on-line training Blog or regular updates (don’t post child’s picture)
What is Agency’s Disruption Protocol? Which staff? What responsibilities? Report to whom? Options for replacement homes? How support new family? Response to displacing family? Legal counsel (agency & family) Trauma informed? Staff self-care?
New Home Options Temporary care – thru DCFS Where do you network for resources?
Our Challenge to Offer Useful, available, affordable support
“Where will I go?”
S ustaining Re-Placed Families
“I feel like they dropped us.” How do we interact with family that was unable to sustain placement? Assess: capacity or fit Help them grieve and contain damage Blame & shame
Supervision & Self-Care How do you take care of yourself? Schedule self-care into your calendar
State or Federal Legislation? Jurisdiction: Interstate Compact? Home study for guardian placement with non-relative? Who does these home studies in your state? What allowed on the internet: and what can be controlled?
Spring 2015 Parenting Webinar Register Now at Identity in Adoption: Mirrors and Windows Have you ever wondered just how much nature vs. nurture will play a role in your adopted child’s identity formation? How will they balance these influences as they pull together their own understanding of who they are? What can you do to help them? Join moderator Leah Bloom, LMFT, as she leads our panel through a discussion about the intricacies of identity formation within an adopted individual. Live Webinar Thursday, May 7 th, :00pm Central Q&A: 8:00pm
Homeland Tours FADS Growing Up Adopted Ma y Sexual Abuse
Professionals Social Worker CEU’s COA / Hague compliant training Continuing education for everyone