In this course, we interview Jennifer McCallum, Lead Post Adoption Counselor at Buckner Children & Family Services, and Dr. Lark Eshleman, a consultant and educator whose expertise is working with children and families who have experienced early emotional trauma, attachment difficulties, neglect and abuse.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Domestic Infant Adoption
  • Typical stresses adoptive parents feel
  • Feeling like a babysitter
  • Lack of sleep
  • How has the idea of cocooning impacted stress?
  • Impact of infertility struggles on transitioning into parenthood.
  • Stresses with parenting a child with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
  • Stresses with open adoption
  • Older child adoption through foster care or international adoption
  • Unrealistic expectations of the child and of yourself
  • School issues
  • Parental attachment styles
  • How the way we were parented influences how we parent.
  • Challenging behaviors
  • Sibling issues


*Your course will remain active for 180 days from purchase date.

This course aligns with the following regulatory requirements.

Virginia Compliance

22VAC40-131-210.A.9


*Important Information for agencies on Virginia core competencies.


Nebraska Licensing Requirement

005.16(D)(i)(2)

005.16(D)(i)(3)

005.16(D)(i)(12)

*Important Information for agencies on Nebraska Adoption Requirements.