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Spaulding: Making the Commitment to Adoption

Spaulding: Making the Commitment to Adoption

Spaulding/In-service Training
November 11 & 12, 2022 (2 days)
Virtual Training

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


Friday, November 11, 2022    6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  
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.

Saturday, November 12, 2022   8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.     (Lunch on your own)
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. 



Full Circle Conference-by Families Forever

Full Circle Conference will be on Thursday, October 27, 2022.  

This year’s conference will be both In Person & Virtual at the Thompson Alumni Center at UNO: 6705 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68182

Our Full Circle Conference includes families formed through adoption or guardianship and the professionals that support them.

 Adoptive and guardianship families attend for FREE!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear transformative life stories from all walks of life and backgrounds. Our conference features speakers with upbringings in foster care, adoption, guardianship, and other unique family dynamics. Learn valuable insights to take back home to your own family! 


Register today: Full Circle Conference Registration

Trauma-Responsive Parenting Strategies for Parents and Professionals Conference- North American Council on Adoptable Children

Join NACAC on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm CST, for a one-day, virtual conference for parents, professionals, and those considering foster care, kinship care, or adoption. If you can’t attend live, you can access recordings through December 31.


As we learn about the impact of trauma and loss on a child’s brain, we need to understand why traditional parenting strategies are often ineffective and can even diminish the child’s sense of felt safety and attachment with their parents. Connecting, relational strategies are more effective with children who have experienced trauma and loss, but just teaching parents the theory behind the strategies is not enough. Join us as we share concrete skills and approaches for effectively using relationship-building to promote attachment and healing, and reduce challenging behaviors. This workshop is a must for adoptive, foster, and kinship parents and the professionals who prepare and support them.

Sessions include:

The Impact Trauma Has on the Brain

Setting the Stage for Relational Parenting

Building Attachment

Trauma-Responsive Strategies


Registration is for one person or a parenting couple who will be participating together. Please note that registration fees are not refundable (but can be transferred). Groups sending 10 or more people receive an additional 10% discount and can reach out to us at to get a group registration form.

$50 for NACAC members

$60 for non-members

Registration Form:

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.