Adoptive Parent Training: Communication - Telling the Story

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Adoptive Parent Training: Communication - Telling the Story

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Explores how parents and children can have healthy communication when talking about adoption. These videos are a good resource to learn the language of adoption and help adoptive parents feel comfortable communicating with others about adoption. Available in quantities of 1, 5 or 10 sets.

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Communication - Telling the Story is a research-based media program, which incorporates video and additional printable materials to help adoptive and foster parents develop skills for communicating with their children. Adoption has undergone dramatic changes in the past 30 years, due largely to the complexity of contemporary adoptive relationships, which increasingly involve international, multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and foster care placements.

Adoptive and foster youth experience consistently high rates of behavior problems and psychological maladjustments. These adoptive youth issues occur at a disproportionately higher rate than among non-adoptive youth. Parenting competence is the primary mediating factor in reversing this trend.

We provide the printable materials for this DVD as .pdf downloads below.

Modules include

  • Parents and Children: promoting open and healthy communication about adoption between parents and children.
  • Age-Appropriate Communication: how to speak with your child in a way that matches your child’s age and maturity,The Birth Family: communicating about and with your child’s birth family.
  • Siblings: creating healthy communication about adoption with the siblings of adopted children and helping them to communicate with others.
  • Extended Family: communicating with extended family and helping them to learn about adoption, School: involving your child’s teacher and fellow students in healthy communication.
  • Community: adoption and your family’s’ relationship with the wider community.
  • An additional video features interviews with adoptees, adoptive parents, adoption professionals and a child psychologist discussing How We Tell Their Story: ways to speak with children about their adoption story. This course is a great resource for learning the language of adoption and improving your communication with others about adoption.

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