Classes

Adoption Classes

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) requires families to participate in six hours of education and training prior to issuing a Foster Family Home License (FFHL) and a total of 16 hours for each licensed parent over the four-year duration of the license. ACI requires new participants in our Traditional Adoption Program to attend a structured curriculum of ACI courses, offered several times a year, which examine critical issues in domestic adoption.

Click on the links for information on ACI’s adoptive parent training requirements.

Training for International Adoptions – Regulations for adoptive parent training respective to the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, requires a minimum of 10 hours of training before a family can have any contact with the child. Families shall not travel to the child’s country of origin to “view” or “select” a child until they have completed 10 hours of training (12 hours of training for prospective adoptive parents pursuing an adoption from China).

Click on the link for information on ACI’s adoptive parent training requirements.

Note to all individuals planning on attending ACI classes.

You must pre-register to attend any class. We are asking you to do this for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to: inclement weather, low enrollment, or difficulties that the instructor may have. Therefore, please provide detailed contact information so that we may notify you if a class is cancelled. If you do not register and you show up at a class that is cancelled, we will regret not having been able to inform you and cannot be held responsible.

All seminars are open to the public and pre-registration is required.

Register below or by calling (773) 334-2300.

If you are not a current ACI family or Alum, please call the accounting office at (773) 321-0305 to pay with credit card.

Fees: $30 per person per workshop; non-refundable.
This fee does not apply to families that have applied to ACI or to ACI Alumni.

Unless otherwise noted, baby-sitting is not available as programs are not appropriate for children. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this matter.

Upcoming classes

  • Race and Adoption: A Panel Discussion - Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:30pm to 3:30pm Race and Adoption: A Panel Discussion Many Caucasian families either have adopted a child or are considering adopting a child who is some part African-American. When taking into account the role of race in our society this invariably raises questions and concerns. Many adoptive families begin this journey without the benefit of having ...
  • Tips for the Toddler Years - Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00pm Tips for the Toddler Years Becky O'Connell, one of ACI's temporary care providers and a former preschool teacher, believes that "The Terrible Twos" is a myth. She'll tell you why and share methods for dealing with your child's emerging independence. In this practical class, you'll revisit "The Big Three" and discuss topics suggested ...
  • Understanding Adoption: From Delivery to Possible Placement - Wednesday, August  1, 2018, 7:00pm to 9:00pm Understanding Adoption: From Delivery to Possible Placement The time leading up to the birth of a child and the days following the birth are frequently among the most challenging periods for everyone in the adoption process. Some adoptive parents manage to breeze through this period while others are presented with challenges that rock ...
  • Communicating with Your Child about Adoption - Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00pm Communicating with Your Child about Adoption Kay Holler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will explore the stages of a child’s development, and what he/she is thinking about in terms of adoption at each stage. She will also discuss how to talk about adoption with your child and the importance of offering emotional support. Kay ...
  • Baby Care 101 - Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00pm Baby Care 101 Join Becky O’Connell, one of our temporary care providers, and learn the “baby basics”. She will discuss “The Big Three” (you’ll learn what they are!) and include suggestions and demonstrations to help you understand, enjoy, soothe and stimulate your baby. This class is suitable for waiting families, those with infants ...
  • Adult Adoptee Panel: Adoptees Share Their Experiences - Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1:30pm to 3:30pm What does adoption look like through the lens of someone who was adopted? How does someone who was adopted suggest talking to children about adoption? This class is conducted with a panel of adults who were adopted as children. The panelists discuss their lives, the history of their memories about adoption; when they ...
  • Understanding Grief and Loss - Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00pm Understanding Grief and Loss Adoption is said to begin with loss and frequently some degree of associated grief. The literature suggests that the experience of adoption brings with it amplified and recurring expression of grief and loss throughout people’s lives. What is grief and loss? How is it expressed by children? How does ...