New in 2020!
NCFA now offers an online 1.5 hour training program for Foreign Supervised Providers (FSPs) that is Hague Compliant and helps Adoption Service Providers to meet regulatory compliance standards. The course covers foundational laws, principles, and standards of practice that equip FSPs with the knowledge and competencies they need to provide adoption services in an ethical manner, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
NCFA offers an online Hague-compliant training program called The Intercountry Adoption Journey for prospective adoptive parents. Member agencies are eligible to receive a free 30-day preview of the training to evaluate the training for their clients. Adoption Professionals also utilize the Intercountry Adoption Journey for staff training. NCFA members are eligible to enroll in the Intercountry Adoption Journey at a discounted member rate of $75. Contact Amy Wolfe to receive access to the preview, or to get the code for the member rate for Professional training. Learn more and enroll.
Pregnancy Counseling Training
The Pregnancy Counseling Training is offered free through NCFA’s Consider the Possibilities program.
The Pregnancy Counseling Training is an online program designed to give professionals basic knowledge and the tools they need to understand and share the option of adoption on an equal basis with all other options. This training aims to give pregnancy counselors the confidence to comfortably share the option of adoption so that pregnant clients can be empowered to make a fully informed decision.
This free online training can be taken at any time and you may register for the training and take it all at once or in segments at your convenience. You may also revisit the training site later to access the many downloadable resources available to help you share the positive option of adoption.
Case-sensitive key code: Share Adoption
Already registered? Log in to continue your Pregnancy Counseling Training here.
National Adoption Conference
Every year at NCFA’s annual conference, professionals and leaders in the field of adoption learn what is happening at the forefront of adoption policy and practice and how they can play an active role in improving and safeguarding adoption to better serve their clients. Conference sessions highlight the present and growing need for adoption professionals to reevaluate their practices and procedures, be proactive in the field of adoption, and focus on the ways they respond to and serve clients. For more information on upcoming or past conferences, visit our National Adoption Conference page.
Accurate Adoption Language
Words not only convey facts, they also evoke feelings. For example, when a TV show or movie contains language about a “custody battle” between “real parents” and “other parents,” this reinforces the inaccurate notion that only birth parents are real parents and that adoptive parents aren’t real parents. Members of society may also wrongly conclude that all adoptions are “battles.”
Accurate adoption language can stop the spread of misconceptions such as these. By using accurate language, we educate others about adoption. We choose emotionally “correct” words over emotionally laden words. We speak and write using appropriate adoption language in the hope of influencing others so that this language will someday become the norm. Click here to download a list of accurate adoption language.