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Special Needs Pre-Adoptive Training

Description: Each class is a three-day series is offered to help prospective parents become better prepared to adopt children with special needs. This training fulfills a Oregon DHS requirement for adopting children in state care.
Topics covered include:

  • Foster Care vs. Adoption
  • Separation and Loss
  • Attachment
  • Child Development
  • Adopting the Sexually Abused Child
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects (ARND)
  • Positive Behavior Management
  • Cultural Diversity and honoring a child’s heritage
  • Adoption and its Effects on the Family
  • Understanding the adoption process (from application to finalization)

Sign up if you are: This training is open to all families pursuing adoption of a child or children from foster care. 
Time format: Weekend; Friday evening, Saturday & Sunday all day (Snacks and Beverages provided!)
Fees: Free

For Info, training dates, or to RSVP:
Call here: 503.542.2301
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Boys & Girls AId Foster Parent Training

Description: This training series is designed to prepare families accepted into Boys & Girls Aid Foster Care programs, as well as introduce them to the agency and the foster parent community.
Sign up if you are: Families who have applied to Boys & Girls Aid Foster Care programs are invited to attend this training.
Time format: Varies; contact for details.
Fees: Free

For Info, training dates, or to RSVP:
Call here: 503.542.2301
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Becoming a Love & Logic Parent ® Training

Description: This training program is designed to give you practical parenting skills that can be used immediately and provide with opportunities to practice and debrief each week. Classes highlight the use of Love and Logic Parenting® with children who have experienced parenting disruptions and are being raised by foster, kinship, and/or adoptive families.
Sign up if you are: All families are welcome; these classes do not fulfill any specific training requirements for adoption or foster care certification.
Time format: 6 consecutive weeknights (Beverages provided!)
Fees:

  • Non Boys & Girls Aid Family: $125/family
  • Boys & Girls Aid Family: $100/family
  • Boys & Girls Aid Staff Family: $10/person
  • Boys & Girls Aid Foster Family: Free

(Includes one workbook; additional workbooks are $10 each)

For Info, training dates, or to RSVP:
Call here: 503.542.2338
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Boys & Girls Aid Infant Adoption Training

Description: This training series prepares families for placement and connects them with other waiting families.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Process and what to expect
  • Legal issue
  • Cultural issues
  • Birthparents
  • Openness
  • Attachment and bonding
  • Impacts of drug/alcohol exposure
  • Adoption resources

Sign up if you are: Families who have applied to Boys & Girls Aid Infant Adoption program are invited to attend this training.
Time format: Weekend; Saturday & Sunday all day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks provided!)
Fees: Included in program fees

For Info, training dates, or to RSVP:
Call here: 503.542.2301
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Independent Pre-Adoption Training

Description: Boys & Girls Aid is offering weekend pre-adoption trainings for families that need to fulfill state requirements for private independent adoption in Oregon.

  • Meets new requirements for private adoptions in Oregon
  • Available weekends as a 2-day course in Portland
  • Developed and presented by a non-sectarian child welfare agency

Sign up if you are: This training is open to families pursuing independent and/or private adoptions in Oregon.
Time format: Weekend; Saturday & Sunday all day.  (Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks provided!)
Fees: $200 per family.  (Includes one workbook; additional workbooks are $25 each)

For Info, training dates, or to RSVP:
Call here: 503.542.2301
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Understanding Infant Adoption Training

Description: This training will increase your knowledge about:

  • Non-directive counseling techniques
  • Grief and loss in adoption
  • Adoption law and practice
  • Birthfather rights and responsibilities
  • Special issues in counseling teens
  • Pregnancy resources in your area

Sign up if you are: This training is open to all professionals and volunteers who may come in contact with pregnant women.
Time format: Varies; half-day and full-day options available (Lunch and Refreshments provided!)
Fees: Free; Contact Hours and CEUs are available to participants!
Location: Varies; visit http://www.iaatp.com for a list of scheduled classes.  Or, call today to schedule a training in your area! 

For Info, training dates, or to RSVP:
Call: 503.542.2338
Click here: Infant Adoption Training Initiative
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About Our Trainers

Sally Guyer, MSW, Boys & Girls Aid’s Program Supervisor has been working in the field of child welfare since 1990, and has extensive experience with all members of the adoption triad. She has been with Boys & Girls Aid in a variety of roles since 2005 and regularly conducts in-depth, effective training for adoptive families. She has presented at multiple national, regional, and local conferences on topics such as Attachment; Brain Development in Children; and Culturally Relevant Practices. In addition to trainings listed below, Sally is also available to facilitate trainings on Facilitating Developmental Attachment, Collaborative Problem Solving, and other trainings as requested.

  • Adoption Preparedness Training for Boys & Girls Aid Adoptive Families
  • Adoption Preparedness Training for Families Adopting Through Attorneys
  • Understanding Infant Adoption Training

Cheri Partain, MSW, Infant Adoption Clinician for Boys & Girls Aid, has been working in the field of adoption since 1999.  Her experience includes working with children who are in residential treatment and with children and families in foster and adoptive placements.  As an adoption clinician for Boys & Girls Aid, Cheri regularly works with all birthparents, adoptees, and adoptive families to ensure that children experience permanency in a healthy, happy manner.  In addition to her role as an adoption clinician, Cheri regularly conducts trainings for adoptive families, as well as for professionals who work with pregnant women.

  • Adoption Preparedness Training for Boys & Girls Aid Adoptive Families
  • Adoption Preparedness Training for Families Adopting Through Attorneys
  • Understanding Infant Adoption Training for Professionals