The Donaldson Adoption Institute. Over the years, it has become clear that one of the greatest impediments to meaningful reform in adoption and foster care are the societal misperceptions and general lack of knowledge surrounding this experience. Building on two of our previous studies — Beyond Culture Camp and Finding Families for African American Children , Adoption Clubhouse focuses on promoting positive identity in children adopted across race and culture. One of the most frequent complaints from members of adoptive and birth families is an inability to find psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other mental health professionals who understand the unique adoption issues that can affect identities and relationships.
Adolescence and Adoption: Teens and Tweens
This is one of the first steps for all families planning to adopt from Minnesota foster care, regardless of the agency or county you plan to adopt through. These classes will familiarize you with the children waiting to be adopted, the needs they commonly have, and the adoption process. You will also have the opportunity to listen to panels of adoptive parents and waiting or adopted teens. Please note that we do not provide childcare, and due to the content of the training, children are not able to attend with their parents. We have multiple locations and dates to choose from in the registration form below.
Frequently asked questions about adopting from foster care
Thousands of teens in foster care are looking for the love, support, and encouragement that families provide throughout their lives—not just until they turn Older youth who are adopted from foster care are more likely to finish high school, go to college, and be more emotionally secure than their peers who remain in or age out of foster care without a permanent family. You never outgrow needing a family. Everyone needs a sense of belonging. Through adoption, older youth are connected to a family that can provide a sense of stability, lasting connections, and guidance with important life tasks—including enrolling in higher education, finding stable housing, securing employment, and establishing healthy relationships.
Jump to navigation. You'll learn about trauma, teen development, identity, self-regulation, transitioning, attachment, difficult behaviours, and more! Calendar Course description Important information Contact us. The Adopting Teens and Tweens online course will enable prospective adoptive parents to make realistic, well-informed decisions about their capacity and readiness to parent teen or tween by adoption by providing education about core issues in adoption, as required by the Adoption Regulations.