This curriculum is intended for use in the state by adoptions workers who are new to the practice of adoptions and/or workers, perhaps, who have transferred into adoptions and have little to no experience with adoptions practice. The curriculum consists of materials for use in a one- or two-day face-to-face training, including trainer’s guides, trainee content, PowerPoint presentations, activities and assessments.
The curriculum covers all elements of the adoption process in the state, including federal and California statutes, laws, regulations, and policies; permanency options; the core issues of adoption; the court process; and post adoption procedures.
The curriculum is the result of months-long work by a committee of adoptions subject matter experts, including a former federal adoptions specialist, a former county adoptions worker, a child welfare manager, and various other stakeholders in the adoptions process.
As applicable to adoptions work in California, the trainee will be able to:
K1. Understand Federal and State statutes, laws, regulations, and policies
K2. Apply knowledge of ASFA, ICWA and MEPA to adoptions cases
K3. Know Federal, State and county adoptions statistics
K4. Understand the core issues of adoption
K5. Identify different types of permanency options
K6. Identify benefits & motivations of adoptions
K7. Recognize disclosure and confidentiality issues
K8. Explain relinquishment philosophy, regulations, procedures, & forms
K9. Become familiar with the range of openness and adoption
K10. Recognize placement and transition issues
K11. Explain termination of parental rights and identify the condition with which it applies
K12. Understand financial assistance programs, including AAP & kingap
K13. Learn about the different types of post adoption services
S1. Given a case scenario, the trainee will be able to practice Caregiver assessment
S2. Given a case scenario, the trainee will be able to practice (Clinical) Interviewing Techniques
S3. Given a case scenario, the trainee will be able to practice writing a transition plan
S4. Given a case scenario, the trainee will be able to practice constructing an eco-map
S5. Given a case scenario, the trainee will be able to practice completing common adoption forms:
2. Adoptive placement
V1. The trainee will value the goal that all children deserve family connection and permanence.
V2. The trainee will value adoption as one of several paths to permanency.
V3. The trainee will value the role of adoptions in concurrent planning
V4. The trainee will value the principle of respect directed toward biological families (including fathers), extended family members, current caregivers and sibling relationships.
V5. The trainee will value the process of family finding.
V6. The trainee will value the process of educating the adoptive parent about birth family connections.
V7. The trainee will value the practice of working toward the most permanent option for children, given their unique circumstances.
V8. The trainee will value the exploration of his/her feelings about adoption as a permanency option.
V9. The trainee will value openness in adoption.