Prior to attending any Russian Adoption Training
session, it is required each attendee purchase and read "The Connected
Child" by Karen Purvis.
Russian Adoption Training
Russia law mandates that U.S. adoptive families obtain up to 80 hours of pre-adoption training prior to completing an adoption from Russia. The Russian Law states up to 30 hours of this training must be in a face-to-face setting with a trainer. Our trainers, all trained by the University of Pittsburgh, will provide you with the required face-to-face training. This three-day course will prepare you for the online testing necessary to acquire your "Certificate of Training" which will be submitted as part of your dossier.
Click here for a translated extract of the Russian law as it pertains to Russian Adoption Training.
Each attendee will be educated on the following topics:
1. Introduction to the program of becoming and adoptive parent.
2. Understanding the developmental need of adopted children and the necessary qualifications of the adoptive parents. Motivation for adoption.
3. Specifics of child development (periods of normal child development).
4. Specifics of development and behavior of children left without parental supervision and who were exposed to abuse. Disproportional development.
5. Developmental consequences of separation from biological family for a child left without parental supervision (attachment difficulties, specifics of grief and loss, formation of personal and family identity).
6. Adjustment of the child and the adoptive family.
7. "Difficult" behavior of the adopted child. skills of dealing with "difficult" behavior.
8. Securing a safe environment for the upbringing of the child in the family and beyond. Preventative measures to avoid child abuse or accidental harm to the health of the child. Protection of the child's health and leading a healthy lifestyle.
9. Specifics of sexual development.
10. Understanding of the family as a growing entity. The role of the family in meeting all the developmental needs of the child.
11. Conclusion of the upbringing of a child in an adoptive family.
12. Basics of the Russian adoption law pertaining to the placement of children left behind without parental supervision.
13. Interaction of the adoptive family with various authorities involved with providing services to families and children.