Expectant Parents Group for Foster-Adopt and International

Adoption Preparation Classes for families in the Foster-Adopt and International programs

 

The Adoption Preparation Classes provides a variety of topics directly related to the transition of an adopted child into their new home.  These classes are perfect for families who are in the foster-adopt program and international programs.  Understanding each of the topics and obtaining real skills and techniques to understand and implement can directly effect the success of your adoption.

Most of the below classes are $10 per person/per class to attend and count as 1.5 CEU’s.  These CEU’s can be applied to the annual 10 credits required to maintain a foster-care license.  Certificates of completion will be provided.

Darkness to Light
Sexual Abuse Prevention Training  
February 6, 2021 @ 10 am – 12:30 pm
Reserve your spot by January 29 as space is limited –

Using the 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™ as a framework, Stewards of Children® is a two-hour training that teaches adults practical actions to prevent child sexual abuse or intervene if abuse is suspected. Featuring compelling and engaging content to motivate participants, the program is designed for parents, concerned individuals, and any adult that works with youth. Through Stewards of Children®, over 1,000,000 adults have been trained to protect children from sexual abuse.

Reserve your spot by January 29 as space is limited – amy@adoptanewbeginning.org
ANB families – $10.50 per person
Non-ANB  familis – $21. per person

  • Pay via VENMO @anewbeginningadoption  (Type Darkness-Feb to light in comments section)
  • Pay using this link and select “PAY FEES”  include your names and Darkness to Light-Feb in the invoice box.
  • or email admin@adoptanewbeginning.org to process payment over the phone

Trust-based relational intervention (TBRI) overview via Zoom
February 23, 24 & 26 from 6 pm – 8 pm

Taught by Becky Marquez, LPC, MFTI, TBRI Practitioner, TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children or childre from “hard places.”  Each of these children have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma, making it difficult to trust others.  TBRI addresses the child’s physical needs, attachment needs, and tools to disarm fear-based behaviors.  TBRI is based on years of attachment, sensory processing and neuroscience research.

Reserve your spot admin@adoptanewbeginning.org
ANB families – $30 per person or $50 per couple
Non-ANB  familis – $50 per person or $75 per couple

  • Pay via VENMO @anewbeginningadoption  (Type TBRI-Overview Feb 2021 in the invoice/comments section)
  • Pay using this link and select “PAY FEES”  include your names and TBRI-Overview Feb 2021 in the invoice box.
  • or email admin@adoptanewbeginning.org to process payment over the phone
Body Image Class

Body Image Class presented by
Maddi Ames, Peer Mentor
Caley Featherstone, MS, LCPC, NCC & Certified Eating Disorder Specialist
February 23  7 pm – 8:30 pm via Zoom

28.8 Million Americans will experience an eating disorder at some time in their life.  Eating disorders are a mental health issue that does not discriminate.  It effects men and women, all age groups, nationalities, religions, languages and parts of the world.  Maddi Ames, is a peer mentor and has partnered with Caley Featherstone, CEDS (Certified Eating Disorder Specialist), LCPC, NCC, MS to create a curriculum about positive body image.  The curriculum is a tool for pre-teens, teens, young adults and parents to learn more about the issue and address it.  We hope you’ll join us!

Reserve your spot admin@adoptanewbeginning.org
ANB families – $5 per person  
Non-ANB  familis – $10 per person 

  • Pay via VENMO @anewbeginningadoption  (Type Body Image Class Feb 2021 in the invoice/comments section)
  • Pay using this link and select “PAY FEES”  include your names and Body Image Feb 2021 in the invoice box.
  • or email admin@adoptanewbeginning.org to process payment over the phone
TBRI Connecting

Trust-based relational intervention (TBRI) CONNECTING PRINCIPLES via Zoom
March 23, 24 & 26 from 6 pm – 8 pm

Taught by Becky Marquez, LPC, MFTI, TBRI Practitioner, TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children or childre from “hard places.”  Each of these children have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma, making it difficult to trust others.    Connecting Principles is a term used in the Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) model.  These principles are based on attachment theory and considered to be the “heart and soul of TBRI®.  Connecting Principles describes an interaction between child and caregiver that produces warmth and trust. It disarms fear, promotes attachment and builds social competence.  There are two strategies in the TBRI® Connecting Principles- Mindful Awareness and Engagement.

Reserve your spot admin@adoptanewbeginning.org
ANB families – $30 per person or $50 per couple
Non-ANB  familis – $50 per person or $75 per couple

  • Pay via VENMO @anewbeginningadoption  (Type TBRI-Connecting March 2021 in the invoice/comments section)
  • Pay using this link and select “PAY FEES”  include your names and TBRI-Connecting March 2021 in the invoice box.
  • or email admin@adoptanewbeginning.org to process payment over the phone
Empowering principles

Trust-based relational intervention (TBRI) EMPOWERING PRINCIPLES via Zoom
April 20, 21 & 22 from 6 pm – 8 pm

Taught by Becky Marquez, LPC, MFTI, TBRI Practitioner, TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children or childre from “hard places.”  Empowering principles is a term used in the TBRI® model.  It describes the attention to addressing the physical needs of a child and their felt safety.  Empowering principles help children learn important skills like self-regulation.  There are two types of empowering strategies:  Physiological Strategies, which focus on the internal physical needs of the child.  These include things like hydration, blood sugar and sensory needs.  Ecological Strategies, which focus on the child’s external environment include things like transitions, scaffolding (guided support appropriate to a child’s level that facilitates learning), routines and daily rituals.

Reserve your spot admin@adoptanewbeginning.org
ANB families – $30 per person or $50 per couple
Non-ANB  familis – $50 per person or $75 per couple

  • Pay via VENMO @anewbeginningadoption  (Type TBRI-Empowering April 2021 in the invoice/comments section)
  • Pay using this link and select “PAY FEES”  include your names and TBRI-Empowering April 2021 in the invoice box.
  • or email admin@adoptanewbeginning.org to process payment over the phone
correcting

Trust-based relational intervention (TBRI) EMPOWERING PRINCIPLES via Zoom
May 2021 – Exact dates TBD from 6 pm – 8 pm

Taught by Becky Marquez, LPC, MFTI, TBRI Practitioner, TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children or childre from “hard places.”

In TBRI®, there are three goals for Correcting: Connected: Parent maintains connection with child (not disruptive to the relationship).  Content: Children end the episode feeling content (not discouraged or shamed).  Change: Behavior change occurs (for the positive)

The goal is real behavioral change not simply stopping the behavior at that moment.  In fact, through the Correcting Principles, the goal is for your child to gain mastery of important life skills and even strengthen your relationship through the process.

Reserve your spot admin@adoptanewbeginning.org
ANB families – $30 per person or $50 per couple
Non-ANB  familis – $50 per person or $75 per couple

  • Pay via VENMO @anewbeginningadoption  (Type TBRI-Correcting May 2021 in the invoice/comments section)
  • Pay using this link and select “PAY FEES”  include your names and TBRI-Correcting  May  2021 in the invoice box.
  • or email admin@adoptanewbeginning.org to process payment over the phone

Extended Family for Foster-Adopt and International Families
2021 Schedule TBD

Bring your family and friends to learn about how they can support you as you bring a child with a trauma background into your family.  We will talk about transitioning your child into your family, adoption terminology, how much of your child’s story to tell others and ways your people can support you.   This is traditionally a class that fills quickly.  Please plan to RSVP with the total number you wish to bring.

Be prepared to fill out the below form and return to Stephanie (stephanie@adoptanewbeginning.org) prior to the event.  This form includes information about your extended family who will be coming with you.

Extended Family Class RSVP form

Navigating Openness
2021 Schedule TBD

Learn how you can maintain an open adoption with your child’s birth family and help set healthy boundaries and expectations.  Get practical tips to keep your child safe in a world of social media.  If you have a closed adoption with no hope of openness, learn how you can shape your child’s identity and answer their difficult questions about birth family.  $10 per person.  Counts as 1.5 CEU’s.

Preparing for Placement –  
2021 Schedule TBD

You will get practical tips for getting off to a strong start with your child.  You will receive a list of questions to ask the child’s foster parent to help with transition, learn more about the service plan and community resources and make a self-care plan.  $10 per person.  Counts as 1.5 CEU’s.

Sibling Preparation and Support-  
None scheduled at this time

Adding a child to your family can be especially stressful for the children already in your home.  This interactive class will give you and your kids the opportunity to talk about how to maintain and protect your relationship, develop a family safety plan and hear perspective from an adoptee about what it was like to join his adoptive family.  $10 per adoptive parent.  Counts as 1.5 CEU’s.

Diagnoses – What do the letters really mean?
2021 Schedule TBD

This class will be presented by Greg Deitchler, MA, LMFT, LPC, an expert on Reactive Attachment Disorder and adolescent mental health.  He will be talking about the most common diagnoses as well as the behaviors that are often attached to them.  $10 per person.  Counts as 1.5 CEU’s.

Practical Attachment Tools Diagnosis Class –
2021 Schedule TBD

This class will be presented by Greg Deitchler, MA, LMFT, LPC.  Mr. Deitchler has worked with hundreds of children and parents as well as contracted with local schools to help with attachment and behaviors.  This class will provide practical tools to foster attachment between you and your child.  $10 per person.  Counts as 1.5 CEU’s.