Adopted and Foster Children in Social Contexts

Price: $90.00

David Brodzinsky, Ph.D
10 CE credit hours

Welcome to my online training for professionals working with adopted or foster children.

I am a Professor Emeritus of Developmental and Clinical Psychology and past Director of the Foster Care Counseling Project at Rutgers University. I currently serve as Research Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York City, where I was a founding Director and served for ten years on the Board.

Now I am focused primarily on training and consulting with mental health, child welfare, legal and judicial professionals. This ten-hour course treats many of the issues that define adoption and foster care today. For every question answered, I know that many more will be raised. So please feel free to post your comments and inquiries here and I will respond to as many as possible.

Thanks. I look forward to hearing from you.

- David


This course was developed by one of the leading national and international authorities on adoption and foster care, Dr. David Brodzinsky, and includes original material to help you explore topics such as transracial adoption, gay and lesbian adoptive parents, the family life cycle in adoption, mental health issues in adoption and foster care, and open adoption.

Who Is This Course For?

This online training is designed to meet the needs of working mental health, human service, medical and other adoption professionals and educators, as well as professionals in the legal system who are frequently involved in adoption or foster care-related cases.

The course is self-paced and there is no expiration. You can come back to review the material as often as needed for as long as you want. Our goal is simply to put research into action. Toward that end, scheduled Q&A sessions with Dr. Brodzinsky will be offered over the web in order to follow-up on the issues raised if there is sufficient interest.


What  are the Benefits

Research indicates that adopted and foster children are significantly over-represented in both outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities, as well as in special education settings.

Although child therapists routinely see adopted and foster children in their clinical caseloads, they generally receive no specific training in graduate school to understand the unique interplay of biological & environmental factors which impact on these youngsters. Consequently, too many of these children and families receive less than adequate services from the professionals with whom they consult.

This class begins to address these issues by describing contemporary changes in adoption and foster care, and adjustment outcomes for these children; biological factors and environments associated with the adjustment of adopted and foster children; and family lifecycle issues in adoption and foster care.