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Classes & Trainings For Families

Classes & Trainings for families are listed below. Select a class to learn more details and see a list of upcoming class dates.

Adoption Information Class

This class is designed to provide an overview of two basic types of adoption:  1) adopting from the foster care system and 2) domestic infant adoption. It is led by a professional staff member from The Adoption Exchange and provides an opportunity for families interested in...

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Adoption Options Orientation (Webinar)

This class is specifically designed for families interested in adoption or those in the beginning stages of adoption. The class will cover the following topics: The Process: things to consider Types of adoption Choosing an agency Application process Home Study or Family Assessment Completing the...

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Advocacy for Your Child

This training is available with three different focuses: advocating for your child in the school system, in the mental health system (including out-of-home care), and as they make the transition into adulthood.

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Attachment

Attachment Disorder is a term that most foster and adoptive parents regularly hear. Do you really understand what this really means when a professional determines your child has this diagnosis? What is the difference between Reactive Attachment Disorde (RAD) and Attachment Disorder? This class will...

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Becoming a Regulated Parent

Training Objectives Participants will be able to identify their own triggers and dysregulation and how it impedes the healing relationship Participants will increase their awareness of compassion fatigue and learn practical interventions on how to stay in a more regulated space, even amidst the chaos ...

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Becoming Sensory Smart

Come with us on a journey as we navigate Sensory Processing Disorder. This course will educate parents and professionals about Sensory Processing. Many children who have been prenatally exposed to substances or who have experienced abuse and neglect struggle with sensory processing. Participants will...

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Brain Integration Therapy

Find out how you and your child are wired to learn and deal with stress. In this workshop, parents will learn exercises to get all parts of the brain “talking,” so learning and coping are less of a stress for the child/children...

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CHOICE Events

Each year in Colorado, more than 500 youth “age out” of the foster care system. These youth enter adulthood without any sort of permanent connection—no childhood home to go to for Thanksgiving dinner, no one to go to for advice before a...

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CHOICE Orientation

Each year in Colorado, more than 500 children “age out” of the foster care system. These children enter adulthood without any sort of permanent connection—no childhood home to go to for Thanksgiving dinner, no one to go to for advice before a...

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Developmental Repair

Children from the “system” do not respond the way “other” kids do. Why? This class identifies these developmental gaps and offers techniques to fill the void. Parents will learn how to respond with interventions that work, and how to be a...

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: What It Is and What It Is Not

About the training: The purpose of this training/webinar is to provide current, intellectually accessible and useful information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)/Spectrum Disorders (FASD, inclusive to other drugs) to support kinship, adoptive and foster parents, increase understanding of FAS/D, reduce frustration, expand...

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: When Good Parenting Doesn’t Work

This class will provide an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Attendees will: Learn how fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are recognized and diagnosed. Begin to understand children with FASD and other prenatal exposures. Focus on interventions that successfully affect the behavior of children with FASD. ...

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Forgiveness Workshop for Teens

In our world there is much to forgive. As a foster or adopted youth, there may be people or events in the past that you have never been able forgive or let go.  People, who do not forgive, carry a load of anger, resentment...

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Foster Care Adoption Orientation (Webinar)

This class is specifically designed for families interested in adopting children from foster care. The class will cover the following topics: The process including training, paperwork, etc. Information about children who are legally “free” and waiting for adoption. Foster to adopt or legal...

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Grief and Loss in Foster Care

Being separated from friends and family, repeatedly moved and unprepared for any sense of normalcy facilitates grief and loss. As parents and professionals, we take in children who have significant trauma histories and we work with a system that is traumatized itself. This training is...

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Healing

Healing is very important for both adoptive children and their families. This workshop covers how to create hope and healing for both parents and their children through the identification of adult attachment styles, the addressing of triggers in parenting, and learning how to create healing...

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It's a Package Deal: Your Child, Their Trauma

This class will address how trauma affects the developing brain in children who have been adopted. We will discuss the impact of trauma on child development, attachment and sensory integration, and will review the effects of neglect and issues of institutionalization. Practical parenting solutions are...

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Open versus Closed Adoptions: Yesterday, Today and the Future

As the world of adoption changes, so do social attitudes, continuing research and our understanding of the impact of the sense of belonging for adoptees. This workshop will take a look at the history of the universal practice of closed adoptions and the impact on...

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Parenting a Child Who Experienced Trauma

Trauma plays a major role in the lives of many children who were adopted. Parenting these children can be challenging and frustrating and, oftentimes, typical parenting techniques do not address these needs and are often ineffective. This workshop will help parents learn the effects of...

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Parenting Adopted Adolescents

Adolescence is a confusing and trying time not only for youth, but their families as well. In this class, participants will find out how adoption affects adolescent development and the family, how to engage with your teen about the Internet, identity, intimacy, and independence, addressing...

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Rest and Respite for Caregivers and Families

A full day of training for adoptive families, potential respite providers and agencies/ organizations interested in providing group respite care opportunities for adoptive families. Training includes: What is respite and how do you get it? Why respite is important in avoiding placement disruption? When does...

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Sustainable Parenting

This training will teach participants what vicarious/secondary trauma is, the first signs of parent burnout, how stress and parent burnout affect the entire family, about the three layers of stress and how to manage them, and ways to ask and receive the help they...

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TBRI Caregiver Training: Connecting Principles – addressing attachment needs

Parenting is challenging, particularly when you are parenting a child from a hard place.  Children from hard places include children who were born prematurely, have been abused and neglected, have been adopted internationally, and have special needs.  This training will provide an in-depth...

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TBRI Caregiver Training: Correcting Principles – Addressing fear-based behaviors

Parenting is challenging, particularly when you are parenting a child from a hard place.  Children from hard places include children who were born prematurely, have been abused and neglected, have been adopted internationally, and have special needs.  This training will provide an in-depth...

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TBRI Caregiver Training: Introduction & Overview- a TBRI Primer

Parenting is challenging, particularly when you are parenting a child from a hard place.  Children from hard places include children who were born prematurely, have been abused and neglected, have been adopted internationally, and have special needs.  This training will focus on understanding...

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The Cost of Caring

About the training: Parenting children with trauma histories is rewarding, difficult and demanding all at the same time. Foster Care, Kinship and Adoptive Parenting bring new experiences and challenges, which may affect the child in care and the entire family system. This training will address...

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Through the Years: What an Adoptee, Adoptive Parent, and Psychologist Has Learned and Wants to Teach You

Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker is an adult adoptee, adoptive parent, and licensed psychologist specializing in trauma and adoption work. She shares from all of these perspectives about the beautiful, messy, and complex journey of adoption, to help the new generation of adoptive parents engage in the...

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Transracial Adoptive Families: How to Make it Work

In today’s day and age, the world is not made up of families of one race in every instance... especially in the world of foster care and adoption. This class provides information on how transracial adoption affects children, families, and communities. Parents will...

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While You Wait

Matching, Preparing for Placement, and the 1st 48 Hours a Child is in Your Home  Your adoption journey has begun! Once you have been approved, there are many ways that you can proactively prepare for a child to join your family.  This course will...

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“Black” Hair 101

With so much information available at our fingertips it can be tough trying to figure out which hair care system, products, and styles are the best fit for your child’s hair. This class will focus on the “Why Factor” asking questions...

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TBRI Caregiver Training: Empowering Principles – addressing physical needs

Parenting is challenging, particularly when you are parenting a child from a hard place.  Children from hard places include children who were born prematurely, have been abused and neglected, have been adopted internationally, and have special needs.  This training will provide an in-depth...

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