Adoption Training to Help You Succeed
My 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.
Adoption Training Course List
The Current Generation of Expectant Parents
Understand 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.
- 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
The WHAT and HOW of Adoption Profiles
Develop 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.
- 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
- Adoption Profile Text – Specific questions that every adoption profile should answer
- Adoption Profile Photos – Guidelines for selecting fantastic adoption profile photos
Adoption Advertising & Networking
Network 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.
- 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
Tips for Talking With Expectant Parents
Be 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.
- 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
Identify Red Flags & Avoid Adoption Scams
Educate 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.
- 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
Adoption Training Course Testimonials
I really thought the information about the different generational history and perspective was fascinating. I learned a lot about my parents, as well as myself during the course! And I also gained some great insight into the population of expectant birthparents we might come across. I especially like your tip about engaging the grandparents. I never would have thought of that. I also really like the exercise where we sit for 5 minutes and think about being an expectant parent. I think my husband and I both gained some insight into how to connect to expectant parents and build a bond. Thank you again!
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. 😉
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.
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.
Our adoptive families have described the networking & advertising training as full of ‘interesting ideas,’ ‘very motivational,’ and ‘very helpful.’
The information you share is so important. During the training you really motivated the families to get going and create their own luck.
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!
When families hear you talk about creating opportunities for luck to find them, how can they not be inspired to do outreach?
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!
You give hope and encouragement at a time when it is so easy to just get depressed and anxious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.