These courses are all included without cost as a part of the Adoption Preparation program at MLJ Adoptions, Inc. A Culture Course is required for all MLJ Adoptions programs.
African/Black Culture - How can you prepare for your child’s burgeoning identity and help them in the process, especially when you don’t “match” with your child? This class will cover ideas and strategies and provide a list of resources for doing a good job as a transracial parent. Taught by Judy Miller, MA. Required for all parents adopting from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Latin American/Hispanic Culture - This two-hour class is geared for parents who are adopting/have adopted Hispanic children domestically or children from Latin American countries. The class seeks to provide parents with ethno-racial awareness by examining cultural expectations and the landscape of parenting transracially. Taught by Judy Miller, MA. Required for all parents adopting from a Nicaragua, Honduras, or Mexico.
Eastern European Culture - Taught by Kathy G. Slaughter, LCSW. Required for all families adopting from Bulgaria or Ukraine
Samoan Culture - Taught by Brooke Randolph, LMHC. Required for all families adopting from Samoa
Additional Educational Opportunities
These courses are all included without cost as a part of the Adoption Preparation program at MLJ Adoptions, Inc. Certain courses may be required based on the country program, child you intend to adopt, or family characteristics.
From Infertility to Adoption - How did you arrive at the decision to adopt? In this two-hour class we examine loss and grief related to fertility and how infertility impacts parenting. You don’t want to miss this. Taught by Judy Miller.
Creating a Lifebook For Your Child - Lifebooks are created to help adopted children to tell their own story, before and after the adoption. Lifebooks help children place adoption within the proper context of their total life experience. Join other adoptive parents in understanding the need for lifebooks, what a lifebook is not, understanding the importance of lifebooks as a lifelong process, and discovering the difference between a lifebook and a journey book. We will help you identify the components of a lifebook and even develop some pages of your own adopted child’s book. Strongly recommended
Nutrition: Nurture, Health & Behavior - Food is the body's fuel and one of the most basic ways that we provide nurture to our children. Malnutrition, sensitivities, allergies, and food preferences can impact a child's behavior, thinking, and emotional functioning. This class will introduce you to research surrounding nutrition and equip you with ways that you can interpret cravings and start to shape your child's behavior using food. Bring your questions and examples of your families common meals, snacks, and ingredients. Taught by Brooke Randolph, LMHC
Parents Connect - The greatest gift you can give your child is a healthy, strong relationship between you and your partner. Approximately 67% of couples report a significant drop in relationship satisfaction in the first year of becoming parents or expanding their family. We will examine the skills that the other 33% of couples, who report stable or increasing satisfaction with their partner, utilize on a daily basis. Couples will be given exercises to practice during this workshop, with the idea that these skills must be carried forward in time and practiced at home. In fact, the motto of the workshop is “Small Things Often,” as all of the skills are doable, but they must be practiced frequently for a couples’ friendship, intimacy and problem-solving to thrive. Taught by Judy M. Miller, MA Strongly encouraged for first time parents.
Afro-Caribbean Hair & Skincare – Discuss what is natural hair. Learn about natural vs. commerical products in children's hair care, including simple home hair recipes and product suggestions for both natural and commercial products suggestions for children). Learn about washing, detangling, braiding, twisting, how to properly apply accessories, the different types of accessories, as well as what/what not to use, style preservation, & damage repair. Demos and breakdowns of various basics will also be included. Encouraged for all adopting from the Democratic Republic of Congo or Haiti.
- write a 200-700 word essay, appropriate for posting on the MLJ Adoptions, Inc. blog
and submit via email
in Notepad or TextEdit format
Independent study – choose an appropriate (non-fiction) adoption book and turn in a written book report, at least three pages in length, on what you have learned and how you will apply this to your family.
Elective Educational Opportunities
These courses are not included in the fees for MLJ clients. Courses on these topics may be recommended or required by your Home Study Coordinator, Education Coordinator, or Program Director. You may elect to utilize these courses or submit verification of completion of a similar course through another entity.
It's a Jungle Out There! Taming Lions, Catching Monkeys, and Surviving Stress like a Zebra – Adoption, adjustment, and parenting are all full of stressors, and you cannot be the best parent possible unless you manage those well. This online introduction to stress management course is available at www.Brooke-Randolph.com certificate required $95
Marital Enrichment - Using the Prepare/Enrich program, you and your partner will complete a survey and meet with Brooke Randolph, LMHC, to strengthen your relationship as a couple and a parental team. Please email for cost estimate.
Tweens, Teens, and Beyond: Parenting Your Adopted Child -Navigating through the crucial ages of tweens and teens can be challenging for any parent, but adoptive parents face unique challenges that only other adoptive parents are likely to understand. This interactive six week email course taught by Judy Miller fits into your busy schedule. Email Judy to register. Class limit is six. $99
Personal, Effective Communication – Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, you will explore your personal communication style and learn how this will effect communicating as a parental team, communicating with your child, and/or with your child's biological family. Email for more information. $100 per family (cost includes MBTI inventory).