ADOPTIVE PARENT PREPARATION PROJECT Phase I:
Meeting the Mental Health and Developmental Needs Of Adopted Children
Policy & Practice Perspective
Funded by: Private Donor
Prepared by: The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
This paper, which represents the first phase of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute’s Adoptive Parent Preparation Project, outlines the basic principles, key issues, methods, and content areas forming best-practice standards regarding the preparation and education of adoptive parents. This phase focuses on preparing adoptive parents to better understand and manage the mental health, developmental, and parenting issues about which all adoptive parents should be educated, as well as those issues more relevant to specific types of
adoptions. The information in this paper should be viewed as a roadmap for the development of specific curricula for professionals to use in preparing and educating adoptive parents in a wide range of content areas.