Adoption Coaching & Training
America World is excited to introduce a new program, Adoption Coaching and Training (ACT). The purpose of this program is to expand support options for our families as they parent children from hard places.
This program provides a multi-faceted approach to serve our adoptive families through training courses, support groups, and individualized coaching.
Adoption Coaching pairs an experienced adoption professional with a family to participate together in weekly sessions aimed at working through adoption-related issues. Coaching sessions are individualized to meet the family’s specific needs. The sessions occur via video-conferencing or telephone, and can be scheduled around the family’s routine and needs. While we always encourage families to seek local, face-to-face adoption-competent professional therapy, we recognize that this not always accessible because of distance, cost, or scheduling.
Support Groups are offered periodically for small groups of families, who have completed similar adoptions, to come together in a common environment for learning and support. These groups are led by experienced professionals through a video-conference format, and may incorporate a specific workbook or curriculum.
Training Courses are currently being developed to provide education for families and their support systems as they prepare for their adoption. Watch this website and our blog for more information in the coming year.
Our hope with ACT is to fill in a service gap by providing families with coaching and education that will help bring greater healing, joy, and success to their adoption journey.
TO ACCESS COACHING OR
SUPPORT GROUP SERVICES:
The first step is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Someone will be in touch within 1 to 2 business days to discuss your needs and our services further. If we determine together that this program is a good fit, you will receive some documents that ask for more detail about your current situation and give you more complete information on the program. Once you return the forms to us, you will be matched with a coach or enrolled in a support group, and you will coordinate with the coach or leader for the first appointment.
You will pay for each session prior to its start, via credit card on our website. Coaching sessions are typically scheduled weekly and last 45 minutes, but this can be adjusted based on your needs. It is expected that the coaching would continue for 8-12 weeks, but you can stop at any time, or continue longer if it would be beneficial. Support group meetings will vary in length and duration depending on the group structure. See “Frequently Asked Questions” at the bottom of this page for more information.
SESSIONS AND FEES:
Coaching sessions typically last 45 minutes and cost $75. Groups, classes, or other types of related services may be offered occasionally at different rates. We are not able to accept insurance.
UPCOMING GROUPS & CLASSES:
|For parents of adopted toddlers & pre-schoolers who have been home for at least 6 months|
|Limit: Maximum of 5 participants - Minimum of 4 participants|
|~15 minutes of presentation, then ~30-45 minutes of supportive group discussion led by ACT Coach & AWAA - New York Director, Samantha Fuhrman|
|Fridays at 12:00 Noon (EST) Beginning April 7, 2017 and ending on May 5, 2017; (5 consecutive weeks)|
|Group video conference via GoToMeeting (computer, tablet or smartphone) from the comfort of your home or office. Link & instructions shared after registration.|
|$125 per participant for the 5-week session|
|Email ACT@awaa.org or call Amber Lewis at 800-429-3369 x162 for information and registration. Commitment and payment due March 31, 2017|
MEET OUR TEAM
Amber Lewis is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master's degree in counseling psychology. She currently serves as a Clinical Supervisor with America World Adoption and has over 12 years of experience in international adoption, including being an adoptive mother herself. She is especially interested in helping families and their children work through grief and identity issues as well as teaching parents skills in connecting with, correcting, and empowering their children.
Leslie Knight has a Master of Social Work degree and currently serves as the Director of Social Services for America World's Washington and Oregon offices. She has several years of experience working with state adoption and foster care services as well as serving as the director of a domestic adoption agency.
Ashly Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master's degree in counseling. She has been working in the adoption field since 2005 and is currently also providing mental health counseling. She has worked as a birth mom social worker, domestic adoption agency director, and domestic and international home study and post-adoption service provider. She is especially interested in helping teens and their families cope with adjustment, relational, and behavioral issues, as well as prepare for independent living.
Samantha Fuhrman has a Master of Social Work degree and currently serves as the Director of Social Services for America World’s New York office and Home Study Coordinator for the New Jersey office. Samantha has been working in the adoption field since 2012 and before that worked as a child and family therapist. She is a mother of three children, and her family is in the process of adopting their fourth child. She is especially interested in coaching families who have children who are struggling with attachment, and also leading support and educational groups for families.
For coaching and consultation related to developmental delays, sensory needs, and related issues:
Dr. Angie Lynch Fannon has a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and has been practicing for over 15 years. She has worked in schools, clinics, homes, as well as overseas orphanages, group homes and centers for adults with disabilities. Her specialties include working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism, and those adopted from international orphanages.
Important Note: This is not a crisis intervention service. If you have an emergency, please contact 911.