What training must I provide prospective adoptive parents?

(1) You must provide a minimum of ten hours of training before approval of a home study that includes at least the following:
(a) The rights and responsibilities of adoptive parents and the adoption agency;
(b) The potential risks and challenges inherent in adoption;
(c) The needs and characteristics of children available for adoption;
(d) Attachment, separation and loss issues for children and families, including attachment disorders and other emotional problems that institutionalized or traumatized children may experience;
(e) The importance of cultural and ethnic identity to the child and ways to foster these identities;
(f) The long term implications for a family that has become multicultural through adoption; and
(g) The effects of adoption on the child and family.
(2) Training to prepare the adoptive family for a particular child must also be provided. This training must include the child's:
(a) Cultural, racial, religious, ethnic and linguistic background;
(b) Medical, social, birth and developmental history; and
(c) Educational data.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 13.34 and 74.13 RCW, RCW 74.15.030(2), 74.15.311(2), 74.13.032, 13.04.011, 74.13.020, 13.34.030, 74.13.031, 13.34.145, 74.15.311, 74.15.030, and 2013 c 105. WSR 15-01-069, ยง 388-147-1725, filed 12/11/14, effective 1/11/15.]
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