Military and LGBTQ Adoptions and Foster Care

$3.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Beginning


CE Course Description

The adoption process can be challenging at times for any prospective adoptive family, but military and LGBTQ families may face special circumstance not experienced by other families.  This CE course is designed to help expand cultural competence and skills when working with military and LGBTQ persons and examines laws and policies, benefits, potential challenges, and available resources.

Author:  Child Welfare Information Gateway.  (2016).  Working with military families as they pursue adoption.  Washing DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau;  Child Welfare Information Gateway.  (2016).  Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) families in foster care and adoption.  Washing DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Explain three reasons why military families make excellent adoptive families.

2.  Define gender expression, gender nonconforming, gender identity, gender roles, and genderqueer.

3.  Identify three things that agencies should do to convey a welcoming philosophy.

4.  Describe what should be focused on when representing family home studies to expectant families.

5.  Distinguish between signs of dysfunction and a normal part of a military family’s life during predeployment.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Working With Military Families as They Pursue Adoption

a.  Benefits of Using Military Families as Adoptive Resources for Children

b.  Potential Challenges and Solutions in Working With Military Families

c.  Military Resources That Assist Adoptive Families

d.  Organizations With Resources to Support Military Families

2.  Working With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Families in Foster Care and Adoption

a.  Getting to Know the LGBTQ Community

b.  Language and Terminology

c.  Advantages of Including LGBTQ Families

d.  Tips for Effective Recruitment / Retention

e.  Challenges Faced by LGBTQ Adoptive Parents

f.  Possible Challenges Professionals Face While Working With LGBTQ Families

g.  Tips for Representing LGBTQ Families as Potential Adoptive Parents

h.  Supporting Transgender Parents

i.  The Basics of Creating a Welcoming Agency



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Added On: 2018-10-10

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