Free Adoption Competency Training

…because adoptive families, adoptees, birth families should be able to work with professionals that understand the intricacies of adoption. This free training is provided to those that support and work with all members of the adoption community.

Adoption Competency Training is being offered by various providers in the community. As I learn of them, I will share them on Central Florida Adoptions Facebook Page.

The curriculum includes the following modules:

  • The Psychology of Adoption
  • Life Cycle Experiences and Developmental Stages of Adopted Children
  • Issues in the Adoption of Older Children
  • Trauma Informed Care/Attachment-Focused Therapy for Adoptive Families
  • Family-Focused Therapy & Individual Therapy for Adopted Children, Teens and Families
  • Management of Behavior Problems and Discipline for Traumatized Children
  • Review of Core Issues in Adoption and Therapeutic Techniques


The DCF Office of Family Safety collaborated with Children’s Mental Health Office, and the Community Based Care agencies to bring the Rutgers University adoption competency certification program to Florida.  Rutgers University has been providing this certification program in New Jersey for over ten years with much success.


6 thoughts on “Free Adoption Competency Training

  1. Thank you for sharing this amazing opportunity! I am an LMHC in private practice and adoption is not my area of specialty but I would like to know more about it in the interest of being more prepared for clients that might come to me with any issues around adoption. I would refer them to specialist in that are like you but I also would like to have a better understanding of the elements involved in the different aspects of adoption. With that being said, do you think I would be a good fit for the training? Thank you so much for your opinion!


    • Yes! You will find that there are many in mental health that attend these trainings, both in the community agencies as well as in private practice. The trainings are usually a good mix of various professionals. I do know that this one is filling up so if you are interested, please sign up soon!


      • Thank you Jen!

        I sent an email to Simone to register!

        I look forward to meet you!


        Diana Castano, LMHC

        The Power Inside You, LLC

        5800 S Semoran Blvd., Suite A

        Orlando, FL 32822

        407 270 5931



  2. Hello,

    I am interested in completing your adoption competency training. Will you be offering another session soon?

    Thank you,
    Marina Bunch, LMHC
    The Florida Center for Early Childhood
    Sarasota, FL


    • Hi Marina! The Devereux Post Adoption Program leads the most in this area (Orlando). I believe Simone will have another training next year as the next few months tend to be more chaotic. Are you in contact with the trainers in your area? I believe Loryn Smith is a trainer that may be closer to your area. Either let me know if you want me to connect you to Simone for our next Orlando training or if I can help locate a trainer nearer to you!


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