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Quarterly Learning Opportunities

Name Description
Adoption Disclosure to Older Children/Teens: Assisting Parents and Supporting Youth While it is not nearly as common today as in the past, adoption professionals continue to encounter families where the children or teens do not know they were adopted.  In this workshop, Ms. Penny Zimmerman will address:

  • The common reasons and motivation behind parental secrecy
  • The importance of professional intervention to ensure parental disclosure
  • How to assist parents in disclosure;
  • Children’s response to disclosure
  • How parents can support children after disclosure
  • Adoption-competent mental health support

After Ms. Zimmerman’s presentation, Ms. Christine Koubek, an adopted adult who learned the truth at age 13, will share her story.

This is a recording of the webinar presented June 27, 2019

What You Need To Know To Be A Critical Reader Of Evaluation Reports This webinar will introduce techniques that will help participants become more critical readers of evaluation reports. Participants will also learn the difference between “evaluation reports” (e.g., non-peer-reviewed summaries of research projects provided to funders) and published peer-reviewed research.

This is a recording of the webinar presented May 10, 2019.

Talking with Children about Adoption This webinar covers the basics of communication with children (through age 12) to help them understand their adoption story. Learning objectives include:

  • What children understand about adoption at different developmental stages
  • When, what, and how to share information with children at different ages, including information perceived as difficult, negative, or painful Engaging birth family members in this process in open adoptions

Practical advice for responding appropriately to children’s questions and concerns

This is a recording of the webinar presented February 8, 2019

The Urgency of Seeing Color in Adoption and Foster Care Given the current culture in America surrounding differences of race, class and culture, we can no longer rest on the utopian idea of a “color-blind” society. It is more important than ever before that families are hyper-vigilant about the impact of these differences on transracially adopted people and their families, regardless of adoption type. This discussion will outline key areas of focus for parents and professionals, including the need for ongoing conversations about race and diversity, needed behavior changes, and creating a culture where professionals and families embrace the transracial adoption experience as a whole. – Presented November 3, 2017
Aligning Public Will, Policy, and Practice for Kin The ultimate goal of this webinar is for participants to understand the intersection between public will, policy, and practice in the kinship care space. Each presenter will bring a unique and relevant perspective to the conversation, yet, will underscore its importance to the development and execution of an effective kinship care strategy. The participants will leave the conversation with an understanding of how “public will, policy, and practice” has worked in real time and on the ground in a jurisdiction. – Presented March 10th, 2017.
Siblings: A Life Long Connection All Sites Quarterly Meeting Webinar Presented December 7, 2016
Dissemination This is a recording of the All Sites Quarterly Meeting Webinar – Presented June 24, 2016
The integration of International and Private Domestic Adoptions into our System of CareSlides Only This presentation was presented by Stefanie Eye, Consultant for the State Department, Hollee McGinnis, MSW and Ron Hermes, Director, Bureau of Permanence and Out-of-Home Care Department of Children and Families during the QIC-AG All Site Quarterly Meeting on March 17th, 2016
Lessons Learned Presentation Illinois Permanency Innovations InitiativeSlides Only


This presentation presented by Shaun Lane of Hephzibah Children’s Association details the lessons learned from the Illinois Permanency Innovations Initiative. – Presented December 4th 2015



The Hague Adoption Convention

Hague versus Non-Hauge Adoptions