Training and Support
Once your homestudy has been approved, WACAP encourages all families to continue their training by attending additional webinars, in-person classes, or support groups prior to being placed with their child.
These classes can focus on adoptive parenting, or parenting in general. They do not have to be a certain number of hours and only one parent needs to take each class (although we encourage both parents to participate). The classes and webinars can be found through WACAP’s website, your homestudy agency, online, or in your community.
Some recommended web sites outside of WACAP include:
Below is a schedule of the classes offered at our Seattle office. Most classes are free. All are held at our Renton office (315 S 2nd St, 98057), except as noted. Pre-registration is required. For those families who are adopting a child age 3 or older through our US Kids program and live within 50 miles of WACAP’s Renton office, we require that you attend three support group meetings prior to placement; one of the meetings must be attended before approval of your homestudy.
* No Classes Scheduled at this time
Seattle Area Support Group
Adopting Toddlers to Teens: Support and Solutions Group - This free group meets at WACAP's Renton office and offers supportive listening and positive tips about parenting older adopted children. You’re welcome to attend both before as well as after your child arrives home. Contact Alyssa Layne, facilitator, at Alyssa.Layne@wacap.org for more information.
WACAP Support and Solutions Group Meeting Dates (3 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
- January 13
- February 10
- March 10
- April 7 (daylight savings)
- May 5
- June 9
Adoptive Friends and Family of Greater Seattle (AFFGS) Events
Volunteer-organized AFFGS holds educational, social and support activities and events throughout the year in the Puget Sound area. It's a recommended source of support, engagement, and ongoing learning for adoptive parents and their families.
Facebook Support Group
Please check out our private, moderated WACAP Adoptive Parent Support Group, which offers advice and support for families nationwide who have adopted a child.