Newsletter #32 for Internationally Adopting Parents
September 24, 2006
PAL Center Inc.

In this issue

There is no substitute
for preparation to adoption of
an older child from abroad.
There will be difficulties - guaranteed.
Think how you can approach
expected issues well in advance.

New online comprehensive
JSBG2 - Adopting older children internationally:
making a decision and coping with post-adoption difficulties


Jody Sciortino, LCSW
Boris Gindis, Ph.D.

Price $39.99
20 contact hours

You receive this newsletter as a former client or correspondent of the Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment & Remediation, or a former student of the BGCenter Online School, or a user of the International Adoption Articles Directory.


Latest Articles
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International Adoption Articles Directory

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
The first few years of school
As a preschooler, your child was well behaved and didn’t exhibit any particular problems. Next your child enters school, perhaps Kindergarten, and then Grade one. Slowly issues with some classes and subjects appear. Maybe they are thought nothing of in Grade one, but along comes grade two and trouble worsens. Now your child’s grades begin to suffer and there may be some issues with behaviour. By grade three and almost as school begins, so to do behaviour concerns and they outweigh the academic issues.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Issues in determining learning disabilities
“Learning disability” is a catch all term that describes problems with the acquisition, understanding and expression of information. It is important to note that other terms are also used that refer to basically the same thing. Thus, dyslexia, reading disorder, processing disorders and so forth, are all referring to some form of learning disability. Since we use all of our senses to gather information, a learning disability can affect how we use a particular sense, how we organize the information that passes to the brain and then how we use the information.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Normal childhood behaviour misconstrued
There is a quote attributed to Sigmund Freud, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”. So too of childhood behaviour and incidents; they may be simply within the range of normal childhood life. However, in the context of high conflict separated parents, the simple explanation can get transplanted with extraordinary suspicions and theories.

From the Editor

Hague regulations on training of adoptive parents and the course
'Adopting older children internationally: making a decision and coping with post-adoption difficulties'

Since the beginning of September 2006 a lot of agencies requested a free evaluation of our new course JSBG2 - Adopting older children internationally: making a decision and coping with post-adoption difficulties. We received positive responses and questions, which are very important in light of upcoming ratification of Hague regulations that will govern the entire adoptive process.

We believe it can benefit every prospective parent to familiarize with Hague requirements for their pre-adoption training; the article will also give the definitive answers about the BGCenter Online School new course to the agencies that are looking for providers of such training. The questions are: "Which parts of the Hague regulations for adoptive parents' training are covered in the course and how much time approximately was allocated in our curriculum for these parts?"

Below is the link to the text of the regulations (Sec. 96.48) with my comments right in the text, printed in blue. In general, we tried to cover all psycho-educational aspects of preparation (that's where our expertise is) and did not address the logistics of inter-country adoption process, as well as the details of any individual child's circumstances as being more suitable for the specific adoption agency's coverage.

Hague regulations on training of adoptive parents


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