If you happen to want to adopt internationally, and you live in Ontario Canada, there is a certain course you have to take. It's called the PRIDE course. And it covers many wonderful topics.
The PRIDE curriculum provides information to help prepare all adoptive parents for the responsibilities involved in raising their children and incorporates information about the following:(source: https://secure.adoptontario.ca/pride.main.aspx)
- Adoption and child welfare systems, processes and laws
- Attachment as a central issue in all adoptions
- Loss issues in adoption
- Impact of adoption on your own family
- Child development, child management and an overview of issues specific to the needs of adopted children
- The effects of neglect, lack of stimulation, abuse, institutionalization on children
- Identity formation and the importance of cultural and racial awareness
- The importance of connections and continuity for children
These are all wonderful topics to be educated on.
Ummmm, for example, I know I could not have survived the adoption process without the keen insights into the Canadian Income Tax Laws and how they pertain to adoption. Or, equally riveting, the importance of having a double lock on the medicine box, and then taking that box and locking it inside a bigger box, and then burying that box in the back yard under the Pine tree to make sure the children don't accidentally get into it.
Some of the other topics were a little more eye opening, like the loss issues, or attachment issues...
I loved the parts where they brain washe... er, educated us on the importance of race and cultural awareness, really, I think those were excellent and very very useful.
However, there was a whole section they missed entirely... Tree Climbing.
Yes, Tree Climbing.
1) You can see the children frantically trying to get to their mother. There must be something horrible happening that all the children would be clamoring around the tree to try to get her down. You can see that Seniour K has managed to wrangle up a ladder to help... so resourceful my children are...
4) Ooooh, look how happy she is up there! Smiling away, drinking coffee. Look how happy she looks up there! So happy. So peaceful. So beautiful. Without a care in the world it would seem.
*siiiiiigh* See, unfortunately, I did not take the Tree Climbing course offered by the Ontario Child and Family Services... so I was left dealing with the children on the ground. And the Level 3 Melt Down... while my wife... sat in the tree, smiling away... drinking coffee... safe...
... I think I may take up Competitive Hide and Seek, I'm thinking that might be a useful parenting skill to have.