No matter where you live, you can now watch WACAP presentations on your computer. All you need is an internet connection and a telephone to participate. All webinar times listed are Pacific Time.
"We are just beginning to look into adoption and came to your information meeting with virtually no information. We left with an understanding of the many steps involved and the realization that there are so many options. Rather than coming home and feeling overwhelmed, we left feeling informed and supported." - Laurie & Greg
UPCOMING (LIVE) INFORMATION WEBINARS:
WACAP Adoption - General Information Webinar
Join us for a virtual information meeting that includes an introduction to WACAP, our history, our adoption programs, and basic information about how the adoption process works.
Information webinars are held on the following Wednesdays, at 4 p.m. Pacific / 7 p.m. Eastern:
- March 8
- April 5
- April 19
- May 17
- June 7
- June 28
Be sure to visit our video page to view pre-recorded webinars about adopting from specific countries.
UPCOMING (LIVE) PARENT TRAINING WEBINARS:
Coming Home: Adopting the Older Child
Families adopting a child over age 3 need to attend these sessions in order to prepare for the different type of parenting that these children often require and to preview the changes that will occur in your family when your child comes home. Presented by WACAP Adoption Counselor, Zia Freeman. 90 min. Q&A to follow. Note: Please register for an age-appropriate session and list names of all family members attending when completing the registration form.
- Friday, March 10, Noon Pacific / 3 p.m. Eastern - adopting children ages 3-9
- Friday, March 31, 3 p.m. Pacific / 6 p.m. Eastern - adopting children ages 10+
Preparing for Placement
Meeting your child for the first time is an amazing experience in many ways. This emotional event is very complex due to your expectations, your child’s emotional reactions, age, being in a foreign country, among other things. Combining all of these at the same time can be overwhelming when you are beginning your life as a family. Please join the live presentation facilitated by a WACAP social worker, Zia Freeman, MA, LMHC. The webinar will be followed by a question and answer portion that can address your specific situation. Note: this webinar is only for parents who are traveling internationally to adopt their child within the next few weeks.
- Tuesday, March 7, 4 p.m. Pacific / 7 p.m. Eastern
- Tuesday, March 21, 4 p.m. Pacific / 7 p.m. Eastern
Talking to Your Child About Adoption
Part of your child's identity will always include the fact that they are adopted, but many parents are not sure how or when to broach the subject. Even if your child doesn't bring it up, it will be on their mind as they move through various developmental stages. Join us to explore how to open the door to this vital topic at every age, regardless of your child's early history. Presented by WACAP Adoption Counselor, Zia Freeman.
- Check back for our next scheduled webinar
Your Adoption Finance Coach - "Meet the Coach" Session
WACAP is pleased to offer a service helping our families to develop a comprehensive financial plan for their adoption. This partnership provides live coaching, online-webinars and a financial gift registry service. We recognize that one of the first steps to completing an adoption is putting together the finances. The Adoption Finance Coaching system helps you put together a customized financial plan for your adoption and it's absolutely free to families who are in-process with WACAP. During this webinar, you will "Meet the Coach" Kelly Ellison. Participants will get a chance to learn about the resources available to help with adoption finances. Kelly will also questions about the Adoption Tax Credit, Grants, Loans and other adoption resources.
Check back for our next scheduled webinar, or contact WACAP@WACAP.org to learn more about the AFC program.
PRE-RECORDED PARENT TRAINING WEBINARS:
These webinars have been be recorded previously and are available for viewing for a small fee. Most webinars run approximately 30 minutes.
Becoming a Multiracial Family: Helping Your Child Form a Healthy Sense of Identity
As a parent who may be a different ethnicity than your adopted child, do you recognize the challenges of growing up an ethnic minority? Help your child learn strategies for dealing with stereotyping, self-image and identity issues. Presented by WACAP's past Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 40 min. Registration fee: $20.
Adding a Sibling through Adoption
This WACAP webinar discusses ways to prepare children already in your home for the addition of an adopted sibling. Special attention is given to preparing those children already in the home by birth, and those in the home by adoption, as well as preparing children for a sibling who may have some medical issues. Presented by WACAP's past Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 38 min. Registration fee: $20.
Becoming a Brother or Sister through Adoption
This WACAP webinar is specially designed for kids (age 5 & up), and talks directly to them about what the addition of a new sibling, of any age, will mean for them. Open to all kids (and their parents). Presented by WACAP's past Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 28 min. Registration fee: $20.
Parenting the Adopted Teen
This WACAP enrichment class provides tips for understanding the dynamics of teens and adoption – particularly in terms of that little one you adopted who is now a teen. Adoption is an especially powerful concept during the teen years. Watch this webinar to discover what many teens think of their adoptions and how you can help them through an often intense time. Presented by WACAP's past Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 46 min. Registration fee: $20.
The Power and Problems of Food
This enrichment class discusses issues such as hoarding/gorging on food, eating everything - or refusing to eat anything. Many adopted children reveal their anxieties and their early history by their behaviors around food. This webinar will describe some strategies for dealing with some common behaviors as well as how to use food as a tool for building attachment. Presented by WACAP's past Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 46 min. Registration fee: $20.
Often times, the only way a newly adopted child can express himself, regardless of age, is by a tantrum. This webinar offers families help in understanding, living with, managing and eventually extinguishing these outbursts. Presented by WACAP's past Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 30 min. Registration Fee: $20.
Post Placement & Finalization
This webinar offers valuable information for every adoptive family. Some of the topics covered are: how and why to finalize an adoption; steps needed to obtain official documents for your child; why full documentation is especially important today; and the services WACAP offers to support families post-adoption. (20 min) Registration fee: Free.
A Sort of Life
This WACAP webinar discusses the effects on children who have spent a good deal of their lives in an institutional setting. This presentation will help you gain a better understanding of how to ease your child's transition to family life. Presented by WACAP's past Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 58 min. Registration fee: $20.
Attachment: It Takes Two
Watch this webinar and learn practical ways to help your child build secure attachment. Presented by WACAP's past Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 42 min. Registration fee: $20.
The Role of Adoption in the Classroom
This WACAP webinar will give you a heads start on helping your child succeed in school. Presented by WACAP's past Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 38 min. Registration fee: $20.
Understanding and Healing the Hurt Child
Too many children in need of adoption have experienced some form of neglect or abuse. These children need parents who can help them make sense of past events. This webinar will provide valuable information on risks associated with child abuse and neglect, as well as ways you can help your child heal. Presented by WACAP's former Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 51 min. Registration fee: $20
Getting Our Sense in Sync: Sensory Processing Disorder
Does your child like to spin or swing excessively? Perhaps he bumps into furniture frequently? Or complains of loud noises or avoids certain foods? Does your child tantrum simply when you try to brush her hair? Many children who experience early deprivation overreact or underreact to certain stimuli. Watch this webinar and learn how to help your child's world come more into balance. Presented by WACAP's former Vice President Social Services, Maryann Curran. 35 min. Registration fee: $20.
Grief and Loss in Adoption
Adoption is a wonderful way of providing a family for a child, but families must always remember that every adoption begins in grief and loss, and every adoptee feels that grief and loss at different times in their lives. Watch this webinar to learn how to support your child and help him/her work to resolve this lifelong adoption issue, consequently strengthening your bond with your child. Presented by WACAP's former Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 35 min. Registration fee: $20.
Discipline Coaching for Connection
Frequently, traditional discipline methods are not as effective with children who have been adopted and have experienced disruptions in their attachment cycle. In this webinar you will learn ways to modify your adopted child’s behavior by becoming their coach as well as their parent (techniques appropriate for a children ages 3-10 years). Presented by WACAP's former Vice President of Social Services, MaryAnn Curran. 46 min. Registration fee: $20.
Preparing Your Extended Family for Adoption
Grandparents play a vital role in your child's life. You have hours and hours of adoption related training but what about the rest of your family? What should you share and how best do you pass on the important information you now possess with the people who will likely be closest to your child after you? Presented by WACAP's former Vice President Social Services, Maryann Curran. 28 min. Registration fee: $20.
Making Sense of Your Child’s Background Information
After what seems like forever you have finally received your child's referral information. What now? Maybe the information on your child seems sparse and confusing -- and the medical report leaves you with questions instead of answers. Watch this webinar and learn how you might better acquaint yourself with your child on paper and in person. Presented by WACAP's former Vice President Social Services, Maryann Curran. 38 min. Registration fee: $20.
Hague Parent Training Package
Families who do not live in Washington or Oregon, but who are having their homestudy performed by WACAP, are required to complete WACAP's online Hague package adoption training. Even if you are using a different agency to perform your homestudy, we still encourage you to take advantage of our high-quality, online adoption training which combines many of the individual classes listed above into one affordable package. (12 hours).
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