Skip to main content

Spaulding: Making the Commitment to Adoption

Spaulding: Making the Commitment to Adoption

Spaulding/In-service Training:   
September 24 & 25, 2022 (2 days)
In-Person Training:  North Platte

The Spaulding program is offered to prospective adoptive families and you will earn 12 CEU’s by completing the training.  Spaulding training offers families the tools and information that they need to:

Explain how adoptive families are different
Importance of separation, loss, and grief in adoption
Understand attachment and its importance in adoption
Anticipate challenges and be able to identify strategies for managing challenges as an adoptive family
Explore the lifelong commitment to a child that adoption bring


Saturday, September 24, 2022    9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  (Lunch on your own)
Exploring Expectations—Defining adoption, the process, and the key players.  Participant’s hopes and fears about the adoption process are recognized and empowerment strategies are identified to assist them in the process.  Participant’s explore their fantasies about children they might adopt to become aware of the possible influence on their decision about adoption. 

Meeting the Needs of Waiting Children—Assist prospective adoptive parents in focusing on the needs of children awaiting adoption.  Explore the issues of separation, loss, grief and attachment. Plus the unique issues related to parenting a child who has been sexually abused.

Sunday, September 25, 2022   1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exploring Adoption Issues—Identify supports within their family and introduce them to common issues that all adoptive families face.  Help develop strategies for dealing with these issues; explore crisis periods in adoption; explore their own strengths, needs and challenges as they consider adoption.

Making the Commitment—Assist prospective adoptive parents in considering resources they may need, what they need to know, what they need to do, and what they need to explore about themselves as they consider adopting a particular child or children.

Register online at:

Spaulding/In-service Training:  We are working hard on setting up future Spaulding:  Making the Commitment to Adoption.  If you have a location in mind, please contact the NFAPA office. 



The Kinship Connection - A Training for Kinship & Relative Caregivers in Nebraska

Relatives and friends are the most natural resources there are to help and support bio-parents and children in need of out-of-home care. Therefore, DHHS is required by law to find and contact relatives and other people with close connections to the family when a child enters state custody. NFAPA has developed a training specifically for kinship & relative caregivers.


The Kinship Connection will provide Relative & Kinship families with training on the following topics:

  •  Permanency Options for Children and Youth
  •  The Legal Process
  •  Public Education
  •  Child Care
  •  Health Care
  •  Development
  •  Redefined Roles
  •  Safety
  •  Public Benefits

If you are interested in attending a training in North Platte, Lincoln or Omaha, please contact the NFAPA office.  This free training is for kinship/relative foster parents only.  This is a 6-hour information training only for those who have not taken the TIPS/DT Pre-service training.   

Foster Care EDU

Free, online training to facilitate foster care education conducted by trained professionals from the field. There are webinars hosted on a regular basis and on a variety of topics.


NACAC's Webinars on Key Adoption and Foster Care Issues

NACAC has upcoming webinars taught by experienced individuals who are adoption professionals and adoptive parents. We encourage you to share information about the sessions with parents and professionals who might be interested in this great educational opportunity.  Previously aired and recorded webinars are also available by going to:

Fees for each webinar are $15 for NACAC members and $20 for non-members. Even if you cannot attend the session in person, you can still register and receive a recorded version of the session after it's over. Certificates of attendance will be available for those who need proof of training hours.

Foster Care Institute

Foster Parent Training you can receive in the comfort of your own home.  Dr. John DeGarmo, leading foster care expert, shares some of his own experience, as well as tips and strategies, designed to help you become a stronger foster parent.  Each webinar is worth one hour credit, and Dr. John will send you a certificate for a fee.