The Mystery of Risk

“Risk is not destiny.” – Dr. Ira Chasnoff

Medical Risk Assessment and Intervention Techniques for Internationally Adopted Children- A Webinar for Parents and Adoption Professionals.

The title probably sounds a bit intimidating/overwhelming (?) however, I cannot stress the importance of being educated on every aspect of the adoption journey.

I receive many inquiries weekly from prospective adoptive parent(s). I love that you feel comfortable enough to share the joy of your journey, and even your struggles! When we work together, we can move mountains! There were many, MANY times along the journey to Halle-Grace I questioned/screamed, "WHY is this happening? I just want to give this little girl the best life I possibly can! WHY?" The answer is now so crystal clear! God was preparing me to HELP others! The webinar below will be an incredible resource and opportunity to hear from experts in the field of adoption!

As Mrs International, an adoption advocate, a mother blessed through the miracle of adoption, and a National Spokesperson for the National Council For Adoption (NCFA), I am so thrilled to share this opportunity with you, our loyal readers.

NCFA is pleased to announce a 2.5 credit hour webinar, The Mystery of Risk, designed for adoption professionals and parents considering domestic, foster care, and inter country adoption.

- Understand how to assess risk at the time of your referral of a child.
- Learn to recognize behavioral difficulties and intervention strategies.
- Gain insight into diagnoses and suggestions on appropriate pre- and post-adoption services.
- Understand the importance of birth history and signs of distress.
- Hear real life case studies.
- Hague-compliant training.
- Receive 2.5 CEU hours from the National Council For Adoption, fully accredited by The Catholic University of America, School of Social Work.
- Interactive polling with real-time results and plenty of time for questions and answers!

When: Wednesday, February 2nd...1:30-4:00pm, Eastern Standard Time (12:30-3:00pm Central Standard Time, 11:30-2:00pm Mountain Time, 10:30-1:00pm Pacific Coast Time)

About the Lead Presenter:

Dr. Ira Chasnoff, MD is the President of Children's Research Triangle, a not-for-profit organization that works with high-risk children and their families. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant and child. He is the author of eight critically acclaimed books that explore how biological and environmental factors impact the development of substance-exposed children. In 2002, Dr. Chasnoff's organization was selected by the Center for Disease Control as one of the five national centers for research into innovative treatment for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. “I think there is a need for helping parents and adoption professionals understand normal child behavior as well as how and when to know when behavior moves beyond what is perceived as “normal” and how to manage behavioral difficulties." - Dr. Chasnoff

The webinar will be moderated by Chuck Johnson, President and CEO, National Council For Adoption. “The importance of understanding behavioral patterns in children who might have been prenatally exposed to drugs as well as intervention techniques that can help children and families thrive in their new environments is critical. In our opinion, Dr. Chasnoff is one of the leading experts in this field of medicine as well an advocate of adoption.” - Chuck Johnson

Registration is now open!

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Until next post, remain blessed & don't forget to WEAR RED next Friday!

Shannon Devine


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