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NACAC is hosting an ongoing series of webinars on a variety of topics. Each session is taught by acclaimed speakers with extensive experience. You can register for upcoming webinars as well as register to view recorded versions.

Fees for each webinar are $15 for NACAC members and $20 for non-members. Fees are non-refundable. Each fee is for one individual or couple to view the webinar. (If you have questions about group viewings or group rates, please contact Mary Boo.) We will provide a certificate of attendance upon request. To learn more about membership, visit

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Recorded Webinars

Below are the webinars we have already held. You can purchase access to a recorded version and can receive a certificate of attendance after viewing the session:

  • Adoption Tax Credit (recorded January 31, 2017/1 hour) by Josh Kroll
    Participants learn the steps they need to take to file for the U.S. federal adoption tax credit. The focus is on filing for 2016, but also covers applying for the credit for adoptions as far back as 2013. Josh Kroll explains what parents need to do to take advantage of the credit. Key points include that the credit is not a refundable credit for 2016 and that parents who adopt children who receive adoption subsidy benefits do not need to have expenses to claim the credit. The session focuses on families who adopted children with special needs from foster care but is applicable to all adoptive families as well.
    Josh is project coordinator of NACAC's Adoption Subsidy Resource Center, and has provided information and support related to the adoption tax creidt to thousands of adoptive parents, adoption professionals, and tax preparers over the years.

  • Helping Children Manage Feelings and Behaviors by Sue Badeau (1.5 hours) — All children, particularly those who have experienced trauma, need help and support learning to express and manage a wide array of emotions in order to feel and be safe. Once they learn to safely express feelings ranging from excitement to sadness to anger and confusion, their behavior will often improve.  However, teaching children specific strategies is also an important parenting role. In this webinar, trauma-informed approaches to teaching children to manage both their feelings and their behaviors will be shared. Participants will leave with concrete tools to add to their parenting toolbox. A birth and adoptive parent to 22 children, Sue Badeau has been an advocate for youth and family engagement for decades. She is a national child welfare trainer and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the field.
  • The Teen Years: Brain Development, Impact of Trauma on Growth, Strategies (1.5 hours) — by Kim Stevens — Research is revealing that the typical youth brain is not capable of true adult functioning until 20+ years of age – information that has critical implications in terms of cause and effect understandings, critical thinking skills and maturation. For youth who have experienced foster care and adoption, this developmental process can be significantly affected. This training explores the links between brain development and trauma recovery; identifying opportunities and effective strategies for parents and providers alike. Kim Stevens is an internationally acclaimed speaker and a project manager at NACAC. She is the adoptive parent of four children from foster care, and offers training on a wide variety of topics.
  • Parenting the Hurt Child (1.0 hour)by Regina Kupecky— Parenting a hurt child calls for innovative, creative, and nurturing ideas. Too often, parents can't understand why techniques used to successfully parent other children simply have no effect. This session will explore which parenting tools do not work and why, and help parents retire those tools without guilt. Parents will then learn new ways to help their child heal. Regina Kupecky has worked in the field of adoption since the mid 1970s. She is currently a therapist with Dr. Gregory Keck at the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, where she works with children who have attachment disorders. Regina trains nationally and internationally on adoption issues, sibling issues, and attachment. She has co-authored "Adopting the Hurt Child," "Parenting the Hurt Child","A Foster-Adoption Story: Angela and Michael's Journey," the curriculum "My Brother My Sister: Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption," and a novel entitled "The Mystery of the Multiple Mothers: A Cub County Caper."
  • "I'll Tell Them When They're Older Because..." Talking to Children about Their History (1.25 hours)by Barry Chaffkin— Children do best when they know the truth about their lives. But sharing difficult information with children is not easy. This webinar will give participants the tools to discuss the most challenging situations (abuse, parental incarceration, death, HIV, incest, termination of parental rights) with children of all ages. Please bring your own challenging questions to the webinar. Now chief executive officer of Fostering Change for Children, Barry Chaffkin has worked in child welfare for more than 23 years, directly supervising the reunification of more than 900 children with their families as well as finalizing adoptions of 900+ children from the New York foster care system. Barry is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer who serves as an adjunct lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City and has guest-lectured in family counseling at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, N.Y.

  • Parenting Children Who Have Been Prenatally Exposed (1.5 hours)by Kari Fletcher — Children who have been prenatally exposed to drugs, particularly alcohol, can have significant challenges with learning and behavior. When parents or foster caregivers understand the underlying causes and the impact on the brain from prenatal exposure, they can develop therapeutic parenting and teaching strategies that allow both parent and child to experience success!   Kari Fletcher is the adoptive parent of two children with FASD and was a foster parent for 16 years. She previously served as a trainer and local resource for families for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She provides one-on-one support to adoptive parents in Minnesota, and has trained across Minnesota and nationally on FASD.

  • Understanding The Acting-Out Behavior of Your Adopted Children (1.5 hours)by Maris Blechner — In an adoption world where disruption looms all too often, this session offers a positive approach for workers and families. Here is a way to make sense of (and deal with) some of the negative feelings that adopted children can make their parents feel. Understanding this dynamic, as well as other key parent-child interactions which are unique to adopted children and their new families, can help turn a crisis in an adoptive family into an opportunity for true communication and strengthened commitment. Maris is the executive director of Family Focus Adoption Services and an adoptive and birth parent. She is a nationally known trainer and consultant on child welfare issues, with a particular interest in helping older children move into permanent committed adoptive families.

  • Helping Children Heal from Trauma: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know (1.67 hours)by Sue Badeau — Every child entering foster care has experienced some amount of trauma—if nothing else, removal from his or her home and placement into foster care is itself traumatic. In most cases, children in the child welfare system have multiple experiences with trauma, often referred to as complex trauma. Parenting a child who has been separated from his or her birth parents, often under traumatic or stressful circumstances, can be challenging and stressful. The better a resource parent understands and is equipped to cope with the emotional, behavioral, and verbal responses of children and youth to placement in foster care, the greater the opportunity to heal. In this session, Sue will engage participants in a discussion of the strengths and challenges of foster children who have been exposed to trauma and will share strategies for helping foster care professionals and resource parents become more trauma-informed. A birth and adoptive parent to 22 children, Sue Badeau has been an advocate for youth and family engagement for decades. She is a national child welfare trainer and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the field.

  • Healing from Food Insecurity: Beyond the Stash (1.5 hours) — by Katja Rowell, M.D. —  In this webinar, Dr. Rowell will explore how a child’s early experience with hunger or food insecurity can result in survival behaviors that continue in foster or adoptive families. These behaviors can include eating quickly, stealing or hiding food, getting upset if asked to share or slow down while eating, and more. The presentation will help parents understand the cause of the behaviors and explore how parents can respond to help their children heal from their past deprivation. This solution-oriented webinar will cover tips and strategies to reduce food anxiety and help the family build attachment over meals. Dr. Katja Rowell is a family doctor turned childhood feeding specialist. Her mission is to bring peace and joy to the family table. She consults with parents, is a blogger, mom, family cook, and sought-after speaker. Her book Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parent's Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More distills the support she provides clients. (Published in 2012 and available on

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System Requirements for Live Webinars (recorded webinars can be watched on any web browser)

System requirements for the live webinars are:

PC-based attendees — Windows® 7 to 10

Macintosh®-based attendees — Mac OS® X 10.9 or newer

You will also need speakers or a headset to listen to the presenter; if your computer does not have this capacity, you can call to listen to the session on your phone (but the phone number is not toll free). You do NOT need a webcam to participate.

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