Enhancing Adoptive Parenting

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About This Program

Target Population: Adoptive parents who have recently had a child from the foster care system placed with them; the child should be between 4 and 9 years old, have been placed with the adoptive family within the last year, and have serious psycho-social difficulties.

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 4 – 9

Brief Description

Enhancing Adoptive Parenting is adapted to meet the specific needs of adopters of children placed late from the foster care system. The aim is to enhance adoptive parenting by advice and discussion rather than via a training program.

The program helps adopters to acquire behavior management skills for dealing with the more intense problem behavior exhibited by maltreated children. It also aims to improve the adopter's understanding of the meaning of the child’s current behavior and to help them to see how past and present might be connected. It emphases the need for adopters to conduct daily play sessions with their child and helps them adapt when their child rejects their praise and/or their rewards. It is an individualized, home-based program to be delivered by trained parent advisers. The manual contains special sections on less common, but nevertheless troubling, problems for some families (e.g., sexually inappropriate behavior, sibling conflicts, stealing and lying, etc.)

Program Goals:

The goals of Enhancing Adoptive Parenting are:

  • Increase parenting skill and understanding, and satisfaction with parenting
  • Reduce child mental health problems

Contact Information

Alan Rushton, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Post Adoption Centre
Phone: (850) 208-7899 x498

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2014

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2012