Adoption is a big decision, full of considerations and questions you might be afraid to ask. Explore options and get confidence in your decision through the tools and wisdom in our professional lead course.
Whether you're unsure about adopting, or don't know where to start, this course is for you.
TIME TO EXPLORE
You deserve to have the space and time to explore adoption without any expectation from family or friends, without the pressure from people who want to weigh in on your decision.
You deserve to have all the information to learn about aspects of adoption that are not often talked about. We give it to you straight so you can make a well-informed decision.
Sally Ankerfelt is a trusted guide for those considering adoption. Her non-judgmental approach allows you to ask the questions you may be afraid to ask. Sally is an adoption coach and an adoptive parent of three children. In addition to her coaching certification, she holds a Certificate of Trauma Studies from the University of Minnesota. She also is a Certified Prepare/Enrich Marital Inventory administrator including use of the Adoption Option. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business Administration from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a Masters in Divinity from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. Sally and her husband live in Minneapolis, MN.
“Sally is a fantastic coach. She is able to build good rapport and has extensive technical knowledge while bringing in the softer side of issues based on actual experience. I would highly recommend her.” - Reggie K.
Susan David is a committed coach who understands that starting the adoption process can be overwhelming. She has a passion for walking with you from the very beginning, when the idea to adopt first enters your mind. You can turn to Susan for clear, caring answers to help you discern if adoption is for you. Susan is an adoption coach and an adoptive parent of three children. Susan is a former member of the Washington State Bar. She graduated Cardozo School of Law, has a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, is a Certified Performance Coach, a Leadership Coach, a Relationship Coach, and a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner. Susan and her husband live in sunny Southern California.
“Working with someone of Susan’s caliber has made coaching that much easier; her ability to listen, to reassure and encourage one, set her apart from many other coaches. An opportunity to work with her would be one of the best decisions you ever made.” - L.B.
Some of us always knew that we would want to be parents one day, while others of us slowly realized that our lives would not be complete without a family. Some of us have been trying—sometimes for years—to have a child, while others of us have felt inspired to adopt. Whatever the case may be, you have arrived at the moment where the idea of adopting a child has entered your mind and you are ready to give it serious thought.
This course is a place for those of you who are just beginning to explore the possibility of adoption. No matter the extent of your knowledge of adoption, this decision is uniquely yours, either single or with a partner.
Getting It Together Before You Adopt offers you the opportunity to delve into the topic of adoption and ask questions. We explore topics that go deeper than what you would receive from surfing the web or attending interest meetings. You will gain knowledge from experts in adoption who also are adoptive parents.
Participants receive a free 50-minute coaching session after completing the course.
Next dates to be announced
Additional resources are included with each class.
If you are unable to attend or want to re-listen, recordings will be available.
An optional private Facebook group is available so you can connect with others while taking course.
Class Topic Schedule
YOUR ADOPTION JOURNEY
Explore the answers to these questions: Who is interested in adoption? What kind of adoption do you want? When is the right time to get started? Where do I start the process of adopting? Why am I/we considering adoption?
SIFTING THROUGH ADOPTION PROFESSIONALS
Get the information you need to select adoption professionals including financial, legal, and ethical considerations.
THE FOUNDATIONS AND MYTHS OF ADOPTION
Develop an understanding of the breadth and depth of the adoption reality. We'll explore the joys and challenges of growing a family with adoption.
THE HOMESTUDY PROCESS
How perfect do we/I have to be?
Consider what it means to grow a multi-cultural family through adoption.
GETTING YOUR PARTNER, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS ON BOARD
When and what gets shared with family and friends?
BUILDING YOUR ADOPTION ATTUNEMENT INTELLIGENCE (AQ)
Collect all of the tools for your adoption tool box and feel confident to take your first steps.
THE CHECKLIST AND OPEN FORUM FOR QUESTIONS
Understand what you need to have prepared to begin the adoption process and an open forum to ask all the questions you wanted to ask, but didn't.