Should you tell your child that her birth father is in jail or that her birth mother is addicted to drugs, or that she was conceived by rape? If so, how in the world do you share this news. In this course, we talk with Lesli Johnson, an EMDR therapist who specializes in adoption and foster care and an adult adoptee; and Susan Myers, a licensed Master Social Worker with Adoptions from the Heart Adoption Agency.

This course covers the following learning objectives:

  • List 3 reasons why parents should tell their adopted or foster child about the hard parts of their story.
  • Identify at about what age parents should have shared all the information that they know.
  • Explain what a Lifebook is.
  • List 2 reasons why parents should not share with others the personal parts of their child's adoption/foster story.


Outline for Talking About the Difficult Parts of Your Child's History.pdf

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

This course aligns with the following regulatory requirements.

Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption

 96.48 (c)

*Important Information for agencies on Hague Training Requirements


Virginia Compliance

22VAC40-131-210.A.18 

22VAC40-131-210.A.19 



*Important Information for agencies on Virginia core competencies.


Illinois Licensing Standard §401.520

*Important Information for agencies on Illinois Adoption Requirements.


Nebraska Licensing Requirement

005.16(D)(i)(2) 

005.16(D)(i)(7) 

*Important Information for agencies on Nebraska Adoption Requirements.