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Infant Adoption Training:
What You Need to Know to Empower Yourself: Module 1

-Introduction to infant adoption training
-Module 2: Background on Adoption
-Module 3: Counseling
-Module 4: Wrap Up

The course texts will be in regular font. The challenges to the program's premises will be in blockquotes.

The readings will be listed in both Module 1 and Module 4

Module 1: Course Introduction
Course overview, the Ad-Option concept and pre-course self-assessment.

Adoption Counseling Program:
About the Program

This NCFA Adoption Overview Program is a self-directed, self-paced, non-linear course designed to inform, educate and refresh on the basics of adoption and the adoption option.

As such, the program does not track your progress. You select the order in which you want to proceed, the materials in each segment you want to focus on - even how often you want to review segments or concepts. You can move easily within sections without going from beginning to end.

NCFA is offering certificates for successful completion of the course. To receive your credit and certificate of completion, you will have to review all topics and complete all quizzes with at least 75% of correct answers.

After the completion of all requirements, a hyperlink to the certificate will be displayed in the “Course Checkout” section of Module 4: “Wrap-up”. The link will also be accessible after clicking on the “MY STATUS” button

You will be able to open the certificate only once. Print the certificate for your records. If you don’t have access to the printer at the moment you can access your certificate later.

After opening the certificate, you will have access to the NCFA Adoption Counseling Program for two more months. However, the certificate will not be accessible.

Course Overview
The Adoption Overview Training Program is divided into four modules:

Module 1: Course Introduction
Course overview, the Ad-Option concept and pre-course self-assessment.

Module 2: Background on Adoption
History of adoption, current day practices, barriers to adoption, the legal process of adoption, communications in adoption and being a parent.

Module 3: The Role of Counseling
The role of good counseling and introduction to basic counseling tools and techniques.

Module 4: Course Wrap Up
Wrap up, post-course self-assessment, more information and closing.

Each section combines text, video clips, readings and interactive elements such as activities, quizzes and exercises to present important information on the adoption option.

There are also additional items available under the Resources section of this program. These are available by selecting the box on the right side of the navigation bar above marked Resources, when it appears.

For now, select any of the boxes on the left to learn more about the resources included (Glossary, Readings, Insights).

For details about the evils of NCFA, those who are offering this course, please see The National Council for Adoption: Mothers, Money, Marketing, and Madness, Part 1

Here is just a short clip,
“Founded in 1980, the National Council for Adoption (NCFA) is a research, education, and advocacy organization whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, birthparents, and adoptive families by advocating for the positive option of adoption. NCFA is an adoption advocate and expert in the halls of power and the courts of public opinion, on behalf of all parties to adoption and its member adoption agencies around the country.”

It’s very clear, as noted in the bolded emphasis, that their self-appointed job is to promote adoption and that promotion is benefitting the adoption agencies. They are a lobby group, pure and simple, bought and paid for to use their power and resources to sway the public in such a way that adoption is seen as positive.
(Boxes to the Left)


First, they start by training (ie. brainwashing) professionals & general public (this is a free and public training and could include prospective adoptive parents) about the glossary of terms, using their own adoption language

Glossary of Adoption Terms

-Glossary of Adoption Terms
-Adoption Law 101
-Adoption Practices
-Adoption Practices In The Humane World
-The Choice Model
-Extraordinary Choices Worksheet
-* An Anthropological and Historical Survey of Adoption
-If Parents Were Hired, Would You Apply?
-If Parents Were Hired, Would You Apply? (worksheet)
-* Key Historical Concepts
-Key Points in Research
-The Legal Aspects of Adoption
-Lisa Case Study
-Mech Adoption Interest Inventory
-What Do I Say to a Client Who Says…?
-Adoption Language
-NCFA Principles of Good Practice in Infant Adoption
-Outline of the Adoption Process
-Possible Questions to Explore the Adoption Option
-Post-Course Adoption Awareness Inventory Answer Sheet
-Questions to Ask Yourself if You Are Pregnant
-What Do I Say to a Client Who Says?
-* Clinical Guidelines for Non-directive Counseling of Pregnant Women
-Cultural Considerations

Insight (Video - unavailable)

It's important to know where the funding comes from


The Infant Adoption Awareness Training program of the National Council For Adoption has been developed through a grant from the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to train health care workers in "providing adoption information and referrals to pregnant women on an equal basis with all other courses included in non-directive counseling to pregnant women."

Our mission is to educate you about adoption, and work to overcome potential barriers to considering adoption, so that your clients can make a fully informed choice that considers all of their options. This training is about adoption education (increasing awareness of adoption as a possibility); it is not about the promotion or political advocacy of adoption.

Our ultimate goal is to simply add an option - "AD-OPTION". Adoption may not be the right choice for every woman, but given its many benefits, it should at least be considered based on timely, accurate information.

Video (Counselor, Natural (their term is birth, but I will use Natural) Parent, Adopted Parent) - Unavailable

The problem with this, is that it is not up to every health care practioner to point out to the mother the option of adoption. When a woman goes to her ob-gyn, the doctor doesn't immediately suggest an abortion, so too, adoption should not be mentioned by any and all health care practioners.

Another problem, is that people already know about the concept of adoption. It's in the movie theaters, all over the television, and virtually all people in the US either have a relative with an adoption connection, or know someone who is adopted. Offering the idea of adoption from health practioners, crisis pregnancy centers, media, and so on, is a way of drowning young with impressionable women, and could harm their self-esteem. "Why are they telling me about adoption, don't they think I'd make a good mother?"

CHALLENGE for Health Care Practioners: If you are considering bringing up adoption, ask yourself why. Do you have judgments? Where are they coming from? Do you want to be personally responsible for the lifelong effects of adoption on these parents? If you bring up adoption, bring up abortion and parenting. And, go one by one, through All the pros and cons of each of these choices. Don't do a half-assed job of counseling. If you don't feel that counseling is your responsibility, then don't carelessly bring up adoption. If you aren't sure of the lifelong effects of adoption to both the natural parents and the child, then you shouldn't be offering adoption as an option.

And, a challenge to pregnant women who are "counselled" on adoption, consider saying the following: I am choosing to parent my child. If you don't respect my decision tell me now, so I can choose another doctor. Don't take what they say as a personal attack on you. After all, they are also brainwashed by the NCFA. Feel free to print stuff out and give it to them to educate them on the effects of adoption.

Required Readings. Before proceeding read: * Clinical Guidelines for Non-directive Counseling of Pregnant Women

This document states who is required and not required to offer you "adoption as an option". While it states that it should be 'non-directive', the question itself can be an intrusion.

The only people not required to give unsolicited adoption as an "ad-option" are Midwives and the National Association of Social Workers.

Also take into account that some of these agencies, "help women" make a decision. More later on how they "help".

No part of this website should be considered legal advice. All information is for general use.