Understanding Infant Adoption curriculum is based on
the belief that in the situation of an unplanned pregnancy,
parents should be provided with equal information and
counseling regarding all options in a nondirective,
no coercive manner in order to make an informed decision.
UIA is based on the following set of values and beliefs:
o Health care providers are partners in the process
of disseminating information on options counseling and
the adoption option.
o Providing neutral, factual information and nondirective
counseling is essential.
o We believe in providing services without subjecting
individuals to any coercion and in a manner that protects
individuals dignity and respect.
Completion of the Understanding Infant Adoption curriculum
from the Infant Adoption Training Initiative will provide
professional with an accurate understanding of the adoption
experience. This training is an important step in assuring
that every pregnant woman knows all the facts about
adoption. We want to support your ability to empower
clients in crisis. Our shared goal is a woman making
a well-informed decision.
Our expert trainers will lead you through a one-day
comprehensive and dynamic training session. Knowledge
of types of adoptions and familiarity with the viewpoints
and challenges of birth mothers, birth fathers, adoptive
parents and adoptees are integral to this training.
This curriculum was made possible by a Cooperative Agreement
between the IATI grantees and the US Department of Health
and Human Services.
||To learn more about Spaulding for Children,
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1968, Spaulding for Children’s founders had a dream
that all children are adoptable, without regard to their
age, race, or disability, Acting upon that dream Spaulding
has become internationally acclaimed on its pioneering
work in the field of special needs adoption. Since its
inception, Spaulding has provided adoption and related
services to hundreds of children and their families. The
agency has provided training and consultation to professionals
in England, Scotland, South Africa and throughout the
United States and Canada. Since Spaulding was designated
as the National Resource Center for Special Needs Adoption
in 1985, 67,000 professionals and parents have been trained
in best practices in adoption and adoption services. Spaulding
continuously develops and disseminates new training curricula,
publications, and training videos to improve adoption
methods and practices.
mission is: “In collaboration with families, communities,
an local, state and national organizations, Spaulding
will assure that all children grow up in permanent families
and have the help they need to be successful in life.”
The Understanding Infant Adoption (UIA) curriculum is
consistent with the mission of Spaulding and the role
of its Institute for Family and Community Development,
which was created in 2000 to expand outreach services
to communities, including faith based communities. The
Institute’s purpose is to provide high quality,
accessible training to parents and their “helpers”
to empower parents with all of the information they
need to provide good care and make good decisions for
themselves and their families.
||To learn more about Harmony,
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Harmony, we’ve been helping grow families through
adoption since 1996, bringing hundreds of children from
all over the United States and the world to their new
homes in the Southeast. Our approach to adoption embraces
more than simply the placement of children. We honor our
commitment to our families of providing services that
acknowledge the life-long journey that is adoption today.
Education, counseling and support services are essential
aspects of the adoption process.
We are guided by our mission, Harmony Adoptions provides,
facilitates and creates innovative adoption services
that advance the well-being of children, families and
communities. We believe that adoption is a gift to be
celebrated and the relationships nurtured. And we believe
that innovative, accessible services provide children,
families and our community the tools and support that
allow families the opportunity to thrive.
Education is a powerful tool and central to Harmony’s
mission. Our programs are designed to prepare and inform
adoptive families, birth families, and the community
at large. We seek to expand understanding of adoption
and challenge existing myths and stereotypes. Harmony
was awarded the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program
grant in 2001. Since that time we have provided training
and tools to thousands of health-care professionals
in the southeast. This year we joined with the other
IAATP grant recipients to develop a unified curriculum,
Understanding Infant Adoption.
Harmony is a leader in the provision of post-adoption
services. Our Adoption Support and Preservation program
provides comprehensive services to families who have
adopted children through the child-welfare system. ASAP
staff works with families from crisis to stabilization.
We provide support groups, respite opportunities and
woman who are in the midst of an unplanned pregnancy
is central to Harmony’s services. We work with
each woman as they identify the path that is best for
them. No matter their decision, Harmony remains faithful
to each client.
||To learn more about Arizona's Children
Association,click on logo to view their website.
AzCA offers this free training program throughout Arizona and in Nevada through
The Adoption Alliance and in New Mexico through La Familia, Inc. The curriculum
was produced originally in 2001 by Arizona's Children Association in consultation
with the National Curriculum and Training Institute with contributions from a number
of not-for-profit agencies and individuals. In 2004 the curriculum was revised and
improved through a collaboration with 4 other grantees: Spaulding for Children, Harmony
Adoptions, Latino Family Institute and Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota.
Once again, in 2007, the curriculum has been enhanced utilizing feedback from thousands
The program provides information and helps healthcare and
other service providers develop the skills needed to
effectively and comfortably present 'adoption as an option'
information on an equal basis with all other courses of action.
By attending the one-day or half day seminar, participants
statewide receive comprehensive information on:
- Adoption Practice – how the adoption practice has changed over time
- Procedures and Laws in Arizona, Nevada or New Mexico that relate to adoption – distinguishing myths from realities
- Social, Cultural and Personal Influences on Adoption Decision Making – understanding the factors that may influence a woman's decision
- Informed Choice – techniques useful for assessing clients' knowledge of adoption and for presenting the adoption option
- Adoption & Decision Counseling Resources – materials to assist in providing information and referrals to resources addressing pregnancy options