Online Adoption Training Courses

Adoption Training to Help You Succeed

Adoption Training CoursesMy Adoption Advisor is a leading provider of eLearning adoption courses that are economical and effective. Our adoption training programs are skill-based sessions. You will come away with actionable skills to improve your chances for a faster and safer adoption with the right birth family.

With each course you get course notes, exercises, and other downloadable materials that allow you to move from a basic awareness of ideas through their implementation.
Jump to the bottom and read what adopting parents and adoption professionals are saying about our courses.


Adoption Training Course List

The Current Generation of Expectant Parents

 

The WHAT and HOW of Adoption Profiles

 

Adoption Advertising & Networking

 

Tips for Talking With Expectant Parents

 

Identify Red Flags & Avoid Adoption Scams


 

The Current Generation of Expectant Parents

Adoption Training Course - The Current GenerationUnderstand Them to More Effectively Find and Strike a Connection With Them

A solid understanding of prospective birth parents is the foundation on which everything else you do in adoption is built. Start from a position of understanding and empathy, create additional opportunities to connect with the right expectant parents, and be emotionally and intellectually prepared.

You already know that there are many more people looking to adopt than there are men and women making adoption plans. This makes it even more important that you deeply understand today’s expectant parents and do everything you can to strike a meaningful and genuine connection with them. Anything short of this and you will miss opportunities to build your family. We combined traditional adoption research with broader, non-adoption research on Millennials and Generation Z to bring you this unique course. This approach provides a more robust picture of who you might meet on your adoption journey. Uncover the facts, develop a more effective adoption strategy, and put yourself in a position for a faster match and healthier long-term relationships between your child, his or her birth family, and you.
During this course you will learn about today’s generation of expectant parents and will be better prepared to find and build a relationship with them based on understanding, empathy, and respect. The implications to your adoption profile and networking and advertising efforts will surprise you. You will learn about:

  • the six key influencers that affect whether someone will make an adoption plan and the corresponding characteristics of those who choose adoption
  • the Millennial Generation and Generation Z and six key takeaways that will affect your profile, outreach efforts, and much more
  • the five fears that you likely share with expectant parents and how understanding this can help you connect with them

Included with this course is the Understanding Expectant Parents Training Guide. This guide provides a framework within which you can take notes during the course (key takeaways are already provided for you), complete course exercises, and develop ideas for many aspects of your adoption, including your adoption profile and adoption advertising and networking.
Within one business day after your purchase you will receive an email inviting you to view the course materials. You may access the video for up to 6 months from the date of purchase.
If you received a coupon code from your adoption professional or adoption-related organization, you may apply it to your purchase during the checkout process. Price: $99.00
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The WHAT and HOW of Adoption Profiles

Adoption Profiles CourseDevelop an Adoption Profile that Connects with Expectant Parents

Your adoption profile is the most important element of the entire adoption process. Learn how to create an effective adoption profile that garners attention, pulls readers in, and creates many opportunities for connections to develop.

Your adoption profile is the most important part of this process because it is the lens through which expectant parents will get to know you. There are thousands of deserving families looking to adopt and your profile MUST stand out from the crowd. If it paints an ineffective picture or looks and feels like all of the others, you will miss opportunities to build your family. We developed this course based on input from dozens of adoption professionals across the country and personal experience, all in an effort to help adopting parents create an effective and a truly unique adoption profile. Discover what expectant parents want to know – and how best to communicate it – to increase your chances for a faster match with just the right expectant parents.
As you move through the course and complete the exercises you will jump-start your adoption profile by identifying what you want to communicate and how best to communicate it. You will also learn how to:

  • identify the right information to include in your profile by focusing on the key objective that every profile should strive to achieve (it’s probably not what you think!)
  • avoid the traps that adopting parents fall into that cause them to wait for a match much longer than they should
  • select the right photos for your profile and accomplish something that few profiles even come close to accomplishing
  • write captions for your photos that pull readers deeper into your profile instead of pushing them to the next profile
  • tell interesting stories to both engage the reader and increase opportunities for “connections” to develop

Included with this course is the Adoption Profile Training Guide. This guide provides a framework within which you can take notes during the course (key takeaways are already provided for you), complete course exercises, and develop ideas for your own adoption profile. You also receive 2 additional documents:

  • Adoption Profile Text – Specific questions that every adoption profile should answer
  • Adoption Profile Photos – Guidelines for selecting fantastic adoption profile photos

Within one business day after your purchase you will receive an email inviting you to view the course materials. You may access the video for up to 6 months from the date of purchase.
If you received a coupon code from your adoption professional or adoption-related organization, you may apply it to your purchase at time of checkout. Price: $99.00
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Adoption Advertising & Networking

Adoption Advertising & Networking CourseNetwork and Market Yourself Effectively to Adopt More Quickly

Develop a personalized adoption advertising and networking plan that you are comfortable with and can afford and that will increase your chances for a faster adoption.

 
If you were looking for a job, you would pursue it with all of the intensity you would show if you were obtaining a degree, buying a house, or even battling infertility. That same focus and determination can lead to a faster adoption. More adopting parents are pursuing domestic adoption, yet fewer women are making adoption plans. On top of this, more expectant parents who make adoption plans are leveraging their own network and the Internet to find adopting parents. If you are not going full speed to make your adoption happen or if you are not where expectant parents are looking, then your adoption plans are at risk. To create this course we combined close to 20 years of training, technology, and process expertise with today’s realities of domestic adoption. This training explains to you in a practical and easy to understand way how to network and advertise your desire to adopt. Discover the proven and some newer ways to find and be found by expectant parents considering adoption.
As you progress through the course you will ultimately develop your own networking and advertising plan that is based on your comfort level, budget, and skill set. You will also learn:

  • how to think about some of the concerns that some adopting parents have about personal outreach
  • how to leverage more than 30 effective and mostly free networking and advertising ideas
  • 2 distinct ways to leverage social media powerhouse Facebook
  • the one networking lesson that will exponentially increase the number of people helping you match with expectant parents

Included with this course is the Networking & Advertising Training Guide. This guide provides a framework within which you can take notes during the course (key takeaways are already provided for you), complete course exercises, and develop an effective personal networking and advertising plan.
Within one business day after your purchase you will receive an email inviting you to view the course materials.
If you received a coupon code from your adoption professional or adoption-related organization, you may apply it to your purchase at time of checkout. Price: $99.00
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Tips for Talking With Expectant Parents

Tips for Talking With Expectant Parents CourseBe Prepared for Every Email, Call, and Face-to-Face Meeting

“Learning by doing” isn’t good enough when it comes to establishing a relationship with prospective birth parents. Avoid the mistakes that could cost you a match. Be prepared to answer their questions, appropriately ask your own, and properly manage each phase of the process – beginning with first contact.

After all of that hard work – creating your adoption profile and doing personal networking and advertising, in addition to the efforts of your adoption attorney or agency – you and a potential birth family have found each other. So now what? Well, now you need to develop a trusting relationship built on mutual respect and understanding; however, that’s easier said than done. Just the idea of talking with potential birth parents makes most adopting parents’ heart rate jump. It can be awkward and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Communication is critical and helping you communicate with expectant parents is the purpose of this course. Prepare to answer their questions. Develop your own list of questions and learn when it’s OK to ask them. Discover what you can negotiate and how to BUILD relationships while doing so. This course gives you the knowledge and confidence you need to build a trusting, respectful relationship with your future child’s birth parents.
During this course you will learn how to approach each relationship-building stage – from 1st contact through placement and the end of legal risk. You will be surprised how you can build something so strong from something that starts off so fragile. You will learn about:

  • questions to ask expectant parents considering adoption, how and when to ask them, and what NOT to ask
  • the 50 common and not-so-common questions that expectant parents may ask YOU
  • 7 topics that you must be prepared to discuss with prospective birth paernts
  • a 3-step process for negotiating with expectant parents that helps you BUILD your relationship with them – not add stress to it

Included with this course is the Tips for Talking With Expectant Parents Training Guide. This guide provides a framework within which you can take notes during the course (key takeaways are already provided for you) and complete course exercises. Additionally, this guide also includes more than 80 questions that many prospective adoptive parents are interested in asking potential birth parents and 50 questions that expectant parents may ask you.
Within one business day after your purchase you will receive an email inviting you to view the course materials. You may access the video for up to 6 months from the date of purchase.
If you received a coupon code from your adoption professional or adoption-related organization, you may apply it to your purchase at time of checkout. Price: $99.00
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Identify Red Flags & Avoid Adoption Scams

Avoid Adoption Scams CourseEducate Yourself and Adopt Safely

Sometimes it’s good to learn through experience. This is NOT one of those times. Regardless of whether you are pursuing an agency or private adoption, you must be able to distinguish between those adoption professionals and potential birth parents who are trustworthy and those who are simply trying to take advantage of your “I’ll do whatever it takes” desire to adopt.

You can blame the economy, greed, the Internet, or something else, but the unfortunate reality is that there are “adoption professionals” and “birth parents” out there who are trying to defraud you. The good news is that there are MANY more who are genuine, honest, and trustworthy. The challenge is to know which type of person you’re working with so you can avoid the emotional and financial pain that results from being defrauded. The content from this course originates from adoptive parents who experienced fraud firsthand. The course shares with you what they wish they would have known when they were going through the process – what would have prevented them from being a victim of fraud. You’ll learn how to identify the warning signs that something may not be what it appears to be. You’ll learn low-tech and high-tech ways to verify that what people are telling you is in fact true. And finally, you’ll learn specific, practical steps that if taken, will dramatically decrease your chances of being defrauded.
During this course you will learn how to spot the warning signs that an adoption professional or a prospective birth parent is not being honest with you, as well as tips to increase your chances for a safer adoption. You will learn about:

  • 23 red flags associated with what we call The Unprofessional Professional, The High Risk Professional, and The “Too Good To Be True” Professional
  • 23 red flags tied to potential birth parents
  • 6 simple steps that if implemented, will decrease your chances of being defrauded

Included with this course is the Identifying Red Flags & Avoiding Scams Training Guide. This guide provides a framework within which you can take notes during the course (key takeaways are already provided for you) and complete course exercises.
Within one business day after your purchase you will receive an email inviting you to view the course materials. You may access the video for up to 6 months from the date of purchase.
If you received a coupon code from your adoption professional or adoption-related organization, you may apply it to your purchase at time of checkout. Price: $99.00
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Adoption Training Course Testimonials

Thank you Hal…for everything! Ana and I have been amazed by the services you provide. I can’t thank you enough for being a key player on our ‘dream team!’

P.S. We plan to adopt more children, so this is not goodbye. 😉

Bill and Ana

I completed all the training courses and wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed them. I especially thought that The WHAT and HOW of Adoption Profiles course would be helpful for adoptive couples. It was interesting to compare our profiles after your training to see what tips the couples picked up from your training.

I also really liked the first training, Understanding the Current Generation of Expectant Parents. This was helpful to me as an adoption Social Worker, as well! Adoption has changed so much over the years. It was a good reminder to think about the differences of today’s generation even though I’m not much older than many birth parents.

Thanks for all the work you put into this! It’s a great resource for our families.

Sarah Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption Social Worker

I actually found the birth mother on Facebook through the adoptive mother who adopted her daughter last year. The woman who adopted her daughter was helping her find an adopting parent and she came across my Facebook Page. She forwarded it to the birth mother who requested me as a friend and we started talking on the phone. I found out she lived near me so I made arrangements to meet her and we met up yesterday.

Laura

Our adoptive families have described the networking & advertising training as full of ‘interesting ideas,’ ‘very motivational,’ and ‘very helpful.’

Laura Teeter Family Specialist, Adoptions Together

The information you share is so important. During the training you really motivated the families to get going and create their own luck.

Marc Arneson Adoption Services Coordinator, The Cradle

My wife and I are beginning the adoption process and after attending other training lead by Hal Kaufman, there really was no doubt that we wanted to participate in his adoption profile training, too.

Our profile is our chance to catch someone’s attention enough for them to want to meet with us and consider us as a match for their child. This is a BIG deal and we really learned a great deal about what to do and what not to do when creating our profile. This program is a must for those wanting to create an eye catching profile for the right reasons.

Thanks Hal for your advice and insight!

Wendi & Norb

When families hear you talk about creating opportunities for luck to find them, how can they not be inspired to do outreach?

Rachel Walstad Sr. Program Manager, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Before the training we had some vague plans to network and do outreach, but it was a little scary and we didn’t have a concrete plan.

For the first time in 6 years (since we started planning a family) we now have a real plan. We worked through your Outreach Planning Guide and now we have a 4-step plan with designated names (James and mine) next to each step. It feels awesome and so proactive!

Thank you.

Uma and James

You give hope and encouragement at a time when it is so easy to just get depressed and anxious.

Kerry

One of our families said that your training provided a nice ‘roadmap and framework’ to start the networking process. They were feeling stuck because they didn’t know how to get started, but now they feel like they do. They especially liked the ideas around social networking sites, adoption cards, and handing out profiles.

You do a great job instilling excitement in the adoptive families and helping them see that this is a doable task.

Emily Maxwell Match Specialist, The Cradle

We recently chose to participate in the adoption networking and advertising training offered by our adoption agency and conducted by Hal Kaufman of My Adoption Advisor. Let me tell you, it was a great decision!

Wanting to raise a child can be an easy decision, but choosing to adopt a child and going through all of the different steps and facing the different challenges can be very difficult, scary, and intimidating.

After completing the training we felt much better about the process and what we needed to and should be doing. It provided us with the tools to help us succeed. We would recommend this program to anyone starting the adoption process.

Thanks Hal!

Wendi & Norb

The adoption profile training last night was wonderful. I’ve read everything out there about profiles and even wrote one in the past that worked, but I still had several ‘ah ha’ moments as I listened.

Kimberly

The adoption referral business has dramatically changed in the Internet era. Our clients often seek agencies after connecting with an adoptive family. Even with all the marketing and advertising we do as an agency, our families can multiply their potential matches exponentially by doing comprehensive outreach.

The services offered by My Adoption Advisor demystify outreach efforts and give families a positive focus while also making them successful adopters. We now require our families to do outreach and to take the training offered by My Adoption Advisor. Wherever their match occurs, we can offer ongoing support and advice and are delighted to see them adopt more quickly than they might if they simply wait for us to generate the referrals.

Susan Ogden Domestic Infant Program Director, Adoptions Together

Thanks so much for the training tonight. You gave us a lot of useful information and really got us excited about the outreach process. Our profile is on our agency’s website, but we weren’t sure where else to go from there. Now we have tons of ideas that won’t cost much at all. :)

Jenny and John

We recently had the chance to review My Adoption Advisor’s class on Adoption Advertising and Networking. It consists of a narrated slide show and workbook. It takes about 60 minutes to guide listeners toward a practical, personalized adoption outreach plan. The class is highly organized, easy to follow, and succinct. Hal is an excellent teacher, using technology in the best way to get his points across.

I personally liked the suggestions for ‘educating, telling, and asking’ when networking with friends and family. Listening to Hal’s ideas reminded me how we can greatly increase the odds of finding a match with a targeted effort. It is a very empowering presentation.

Carolyn

My partner and I have been waiting for months for a placement and were becoming increasingly frustrated with the domestic adoption process. After going through your training the light bulb finally went off for us.

You make a compelling argument for WHY adoptive families need to be actively involved with their adoption outreach and you explain how to do it. You provided strategic insight, creative ideas, and actionable tools to implement an adoption outreach effort. We came away feeling empowered, motivated, and hopeful.

Kip and Steve

I have had the pleasure of meeting with Hal several times and attending a workshop and viewing one of his online courses. I have been a professional in adoption for more than 20 years and an adoptive parent for more than 40 years. With all I know about adoption and the adoption process I still learned new things from Hal through both his workshop and course.

Barbara Wentz Adoption and Pregnancy Counseling Supervisor at Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio

The training video was excellent! We made a plan and are beginning to put it into use. I wish we had this knowledge when we were approved a year and a half ago.

The course materials were easy to use and the content was applicable and easy to apply. I actually went through the video two times already and took away new ideas each time. Thank you so much!

Jean

I took one of My Adoption Advisor’s courses, ‘Understanding Expectant Parents.’ It was excellent. It focused on understanding the ‘Millennial Generation’ (20-somethings) so you can create your profile to appeal to them and use social media to attract them. (The median age for birthmothers is 23. I didn’t know that.) It also talks about the family support and how that factors into how your profile should be written and whether an expectant couple will place. This course really goes into detail and presents the latest facts especially on the social media portion. It definitely gave me a new appreciation/understanding of the expectant parents’ points of view.

I would recommend this course and also signing up for Hal’s emails, twitter feeds and Facebook page. He’s an adoptive parent (twice) with a lot of good information.

Angela

I took your advice about networking and advertising and it worked! We matched with our daughter’s birth mother in just 4 months and I was a mom just a few months later.

Lynna Adoptive Mother
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