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Adoption Readiness

Adoption Readiness and Coaching
During graduate school, I became interested in therapeutic approaches in working with the adoption triad (the connection of all of the people that make up the world of adoption – the adoptive parents, the birthparents and the adoptees). This interest allowed me to discover Dr. David Olsen and the Circumplex Model: A Systemic Approach to Couple and Family Relationships.
In 2004 I published “Applying the Circumplex Model To Adoptive Family Systems” which highlighted the differences between a traditional family structure and an adoptive family structure and applied Dr. Olsen’s definition of successful family functioning.
Today, I incorporate Dr. Olsen’s Prepare/Enrich assessment program into my work with pre-adoption couples.

P/E is one of the most widely researched assessment tools.  Professors and students at colleges and universities worldwide use the scales as a tool to conduct and evaluate their research.  P/E continues to adapt and react to the changing reality of relationships through continued research and development of assessments and resources.

Prepare and Enrich assessments and provide guidance on important relationship issues specific to adoption and foster parenting.  These areas include:

  • Adoption/Fostering Consideration – Looks at a range of adoptive/foster issues that specialists report as being important for couples to be aware of and discuss. It measures a couple’s readiness and commitment to the adoption/foster process.
  • Adoption/Fostering Expectations – Measures how realistic and aware each partner is about the natural challenges faced throughout the adoption/foster process.
  • Adoptive/Foster Parenting – Measures agreement on issues related to adopting/fostering and parenting a child while concurrently maintaining a vibrant couple relationship.
Prepare/Enrich content is specifically designed for a committed couple considering adoption.

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