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Training and workshops are offered covering a variety of topics related to adoptive and foster families, tailored to address specific audiences and needs.  Whether Dr. Andrews is speaking to a small group of parents/ adoptees, a classroom of service providers, or an auditorium of seasoned practitioners, his delivery will be on point covering pre- and post-adoptive issues.


Training modules are comprehensive, interactive, and based on years of personal and clinical experience. 


Listed below is a sampling of trainings and workshops created to address various topics and needs.  Although the titles are grouped by possible similarities, they are suited towards, and helpful at any stage of the adoption or fostering journey."


These topics are designed to help parents navigate the early stages of adoption and fostering, although they may also be pertinent at any stage of adoptive or foster parenting

  • Preparation for Fostering or Adopting

  • Multicultural Awareness

  • Adjusting to a New Culture for Intercountry Adoptees

  • The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences ("ACES")

  • Impact of Loss and Grief on Attachment

  • Talking with Your Child About His/Her Birth Parents

  • "I'm In Charge Here!"-- Parenting the Parentified Child

  • Tools for the Parenting Toolbox

This grouping explores challenges and situations that typically involve an increased amount of parental investment

  • Blocked Care and Compassion Fatigue

  • Building Trust and Felt Safety for Children in Care

  • Adjusting to a New Culture for Intercountry Adoptees

  • The Fear-Control Connection

  • Food Insecurity and Hoarding

  • Mindfulness and Parent Attachment Styles

  • Why Kids Lie:  Help for Adoptive & Foster Parents

  • "Putting Out the Fire"-- Managing Meltdowns

  • Handling the Holidays

Although all the topics listed on this page require parents to be trauma-informed, the topics in this grouping involve a higher level of trauma awareness

  • Origins and Issues Related to Attachment Disorders

  • Parenting Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

  • Parenting Children Who Have Sensory Challenges

  • The Trauma-Attachment Connection

  • When to Seek Help for Your Child

  • Impact of Trauma on Brain Development

Last, but not least, is the importance of self-care and the recognition of when help is needed.

  • Self-Care Strategies for Adoption & Foster Caseworkers 

  • Take Care of Yourself!-- Self-Care for Busy Adoptive & Foster Parents

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