So we are excited about getting started on adoption number 2...... We want to have another child and we want to give Adrien a sibling relatively close in age but getting into a PRIDE training that works for us is getting challenging. First we were offered a four weekend intensive training but because hubby was working weekends at the time, it didn't work for us, now the trainings will be on Monday nights......and again, hubby is working and though he had arranged to have flex hours, Monday nights he works with an outside agency.....which would mean that we have to wait (again) until the fall! You know, we did a training course and were able to adopt Adrien with it but because it was prior to 2006, the government will not approve us as an adoptive family for another adoption. TOTALLY SUCKS.....now we have to wait and find out from supervisors and child care if the new night will work for us.....arghhhhh.....
Through the use of videos, exercises, discussions and real examples, prospective adoptive parents learn how to understand the unique issues experienced by adopted children and how to help them manage their adoption status throughout life. In the PRIDE sessions adoptive parents will learn:
- The basics of child growth and development, specifically regarding attachment
- How to help adopted children through their losses
- The importance of maintaining contact with birthfamilies
- How to support adopted kids through issues such as abuse and delays in emotional, physical and mental health
- The necessity of preserving the heritage and culture of adopted children
- Appropriate ways of disciplining
- Changes the adoptive family will undergo as a result of adopting a child
The PRIDE training emphasizes that adoptive parents are part of team of professionals working together to ensure the adopted child’s needs are met both in the short and long term.