Education Center for Adoptive Parents

Adoption Mosaic's Education Center for Adoptive Parents is a series of online video based courses for current and prospective adoptive parents.

Adoption Mosaic is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect, honor and serve the adoption community through innovative education, practices and pre/post-adoption support services. Adoption Mosaic is not a placement agency. We seek to create a safe and honest place to dialogue the complexities of adoption.

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Creating Family

Creating Family helps parents prepare for the arrival of a new child into their home and the emotional, physical and medical considerations that come with that transition.

Modules include:

  • Claiming the Whole Story: how to acknowledge and embrace your child’s and your family’s identity as they relate to adoption.
  • Self-Reflection and Infertility: the importance of reflecting on why you chose to adopt and making it a part of your family’s story.
  • Ethics in Adoption: understanding the ethics of adoption in today’s world.
  • The Emotional Landscape: understanding the emotions experienced by everyone involved in the adoption process.
  • Physical Transitions and Attachment: preparing for the arrival of a new child into your home and understanding the process of attachment.
  • Naming an Adopted Child: considering the entirety of a child’s identity when choosing a name, and Risk Factors in International Adoption.
  • Additional videos feature interviews with adoptive parents, adoption professionals and a child psychologist addressing the important issues of Nutrition and Attachment.

No matter how you're adopting, including through foster care, internationally, or adopting an older child, Creating Family is a good resource for parents who are beginning the adoption journey.

Communication: Telling the Story

Communication: Telling the Story explores how parents and children can have healthy communication surrounding adoption.

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.

Race, Culture, and Identity

Race, Culture and Identity helps multiracial and multicultural families consider how to talk about race, embrace different cultures and form healthy racial identities.

Modules include:

  • The Transracial Family: your new perspective as a family that looks different than others.
  • Forming a Healthy Racial Identity: helping your child discover and embrace who they are.
  • Race - Turning to Learning: the importance of learning about race and racism, and how to be aware of and address racism.
  • Creating Connections- Cultures and Races: embracing your child’s birth culture while sharing your family’s traditions, and connecting your child with same-race friends and role models.

An additional video features interviews with adoptees and adoptive parents discussing Racial Identity. This program is a good resource for parents who have transracial and multicultural families.