Infant Adoption Training for Professionals

In 2006, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) awarded Spaulding for Children a grant to develop a training curriculum on how to counsel adoption as an option in accordance with DHHS guidelines. A nationally unified curriculum called Understanding Infant Adoption was subsequently developed and approved by DHHS. The curriculum is based on the belief that in the situation of an unplanned or unintended pregnancy, parents should receive information and counseling about all of their options in a nondirective, non-coercive manner so that they can make a well-informed decision. Watch the video below for an overview of the training program.

Curriculum Topics and Format

The goal of the Understanding Infant Adoption training program is to review current adoption practice, policy and law, and to develop appropriate non-directive counseling tools. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, team activities, and video case vignettes, you'll have a chance to learn about different types of adoption, the birthfathers' rights and responsibilities, cultural responsiveness issues, special issues related to teen counseling, and the various viewpoints and challenges of birth mothers, birth fathers, adoptive parents and adoptees. The video below is an introduction to the training:


This free Understanding Infant Adoption training is available as a one-day, two-day, 4.5 hour, or on-line workshop. The training is also available in an independent self-study format. Expert trainers will lead you through the comprehensive and dynamic training session. Trainings can be set up on location and will accommodate your staffs' work schedule.

Qualifying Participants and Contact/CEU Hours

Understanding Infant Adoption is a professional development opportunity for health care and helping professionals. You are eligible to attend if you are a staff member (i.e. nurse, social worker, technician, physician, etc) employed by: public health departments, public and nonprofit hospitals, Maternal/Infant programs affiliated with public health departments or Private non-profit agencies, non-profit community based clinics, teen health centers, and public and private school based health clinics. You are also eligible to attend if you are a health care professional who interacts with individuals who may experience an unplanned pregnancy.

The following Contact Hours and CEUs are available upon completion of Understanding Infant Adoption:

Curriculum Nursing ACNM ACE NASW NBCC
4.5 Hour 4.5 0.45 4.0 4.5 4.5
One Day 5.6 0.6 6.0 8.0 6.0
Two Day 11.0 1.2 12.0 11.0 n/a
CBT 6.9 0.7 6.9 8.0 7.0
Self Study 7.5 0.8 8.0 8.0 8.0

What Others Have Said . . .

In the video below, Andrea Tabor, Director of Community Health and Education at the Mid-Michigan Health Department comments on the effectiveness of Infant Adoption Awareness Training for her staff members:

Ardie Hayes, a registered nurse, had this to say about her experience as a participant in the Infant Adoption Awareness Training program:

If you serve pregnant women and teens in a health or counseling profession, Understanding Infant Adoption will give you and/or your staff the tools that you need to be able to discuss adoption as an option with patients and clients who are not sure that they are able to parent the child. Click here to contact Amy Falcon for more information.

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