Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAP) who are seeking to adopt a child from a country that is participating in the Hague Adoption Convention must complete 10 hours of training (12 hours for the China program).

Adoption Avenues Agency (AAA) requires that all the families adopting from a Hague or from a non-Hague country to fulfill the minimum of 10 hours of education.

For a list of convention countries, see Hague Convention Countries. For additional medical information that may be helpful as you parent an internationally adopted child, see the National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus.

The Inter-country Adoption Journey 2.0

“Best in Class” Online Compliance Training

The National Council For Adoption (NCFA)'s 10-hour Hague-compliant inter-country adoption training program includes videos featuring adoption experts from the U.S. Department of State and other agencies. Since 2008, more than 13,000 parents and adoption professionals have taken The Inter-country Adoption Journey training and received three-year certification. Of those surveyed, 92% described the program as "easy to use and navigate" and reported that the content was well-organized and clearly presented. 90% said that they would recommend it to other parents, agency professionals, and social workers that require Hague-compliant adoption training. Founded in 1980, NCFA is a nonprofit organization that promotes a culture of adoption through education, research, and advocacy efforts.
"The Inter-country Adoption Journey: Hague-Compliant Training from NCFA is a comprehensive and engaging online program that provides training required by the Inter-country Adoption Act and Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption. This certification course for prospective adoptive parents and professional adoption agency staff is an excellent model for user-friendly, interactive education."

Please see for more information

With Eyes Wide Open:

A Preparation Guide to International Adoption offered by   Helps parents prepare to adopt an international child and offers creative methods to reconstruct the years families have missed with the child. Leads parents through exercises that help them imagine their child’s life during the first years; research and prepare for the challenges of transitioning; and, think about and plan one’s parenting style. Nineteen chapters; self-study format. (4 hours of training)

Copy of Adoption Learning Partners certificate of training completion must be submitted to the family’s AAA Program Director. (AAA does not request a copy of the homework from the prospective adoptive parents.) Adoption Learning Partners offers this course on line for a fee.

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Welcome to Adoption Education, LLC.

Our on-line courses are designed to promote successful inter-country and domestic adoptions.

We provide:

  • On-line training for prospective adoptive parents

  • Accountability - "students" must pass a quiz after taking each course

  • Certificates of completion

  • Automatic e-mail notification to the Agency

  • Records of the nature and extent of training

Why should agencies encourage or require pre-adoption training?

  1. Research indicates that informed, prepared parents with realistic expectations and proper social and professional support have more successful adoptive placements. Conversely, unprepared, uninformed parents with unrealistic expectations are more likely to have significant problems with their children, or even to disrupt their adoption.

  2. The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption requires 10 hours of training for prospective adoptive parents.

CHINA: Adopting from China? Take our Hague Package of courses + one additional course to meet China's 12 hour training requirement. Contact us to find out how.

ILLINOIS: Live in Illinois? We can help out with your training needs also. Contact us to find out how.

OHIO: Live in Ohio? We can help out with your training needs also. Contact us to find out how.

OREGON: We meet the State of Oregon's pre-adoption training requirements.
Effective April 2009, prospective adoptive parents who are having a homestudy completed or certified by an Oregon licensed adoption agency must complete 10 hours of pre-adoption training. Click here to see which on-line courses meet Oregon's educational requirements.

VIRGINIA: We now offer Packages meeting Virginia's Domestic and International Packages.

Copy of Adoption Education LLC certificate of training completion must be submitted to the family’s AAA Program Director. (AAA does not request a copy of the homework from the prospective adoptive parents.). Adoption Education LLC offers this course on line for a fee.

For more information please see

Adoption Training Online

This site is a good resource for the parents and for the professionals.

Copy of Adoption Training Online certificate of training completion must be submitted to the family’s AAA Program Director. (AAA does not request a copy of the homework from the prospective adoptive parents.). Adoption Training online offers this course on line for a fee.

Please see: for more information.

Guide for Prospective Adoptive Families

The U.S. Department of State has published this guide to inform prospective adoptive parents about the Hague Convention concerning international adoptions and the applicable law. As part of AAA training, we require families who are adopting from a Convention country read this Guide.

Alternate Training

Alternate Training. If a prospective adoptive parent wishes to substitute different training for the above, AAA will consider alternative course offerings. However, the content of the courses are determined by U.S. federal regulation and IFS will have to determine if any alternative training adequately covers the material. 

Complete the Hague Training checklist and submit it along with any request to consider alternative training.

Other sources:

Helpful Websites:

Adoptive Family Magazine articles, activities, while you wait support -

Learn more about local, regional, statewide adoption resource  lists; Warm Line phone support and adoption referral service, Buddy Mentoring  Program (experienced adoptive parents), Adoption support groups, Chat room -  (1.877.4ARCHNJ)

Pennsylvania based website that offers online adoptive parent  preparation course, resource listings, online newsletter regarding adoption issues, chat room, photolisting exchange of waiting children

Resources for people considering adoption and adopted children, directory of adoption professionals, online support, photolisting of older children for adoption 

Consumer site where can search "adoption", provides links to professional and supportive organizations -

North American Council on Adoptable Children- host of annual adoption conference; advocates for the right of every child to a permanent, continuous, nurturing and culturally sensitive family; provides training; conducts studies; and prepares teaching materials which are made available to those involved in adoption -

Evan B. Donaldson Institute web-site offers information on adoption policies, law, statistics, facts, international adoption regulations, e-newsletter -

National Institute of Mental Health web-site offers articles for parents and kids on mental health diagnosis, common medications to treat various diagnoses -

CHOP's International Adoption Health Program available for pre-adoption and post-adoption screening and treatment - -

Joint Council on International Children's Services - 

Adoption learning partners -

National search engine, photolisting of older children available for adoption nationally, links to state web-sites, links to helpful adoption resource -

Recommended Books (to read in preparation for adoption/during process of adoption):

Adoption Nation by Adam Pertman

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self by Brodzinsky, Schechter, & Marantz- Henig

Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother by Jan Wolff

You're Our Child: The Adoption Experience by Smith & Miroff

Adopting the Older Child by Claudia L. Jewett

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs Kids by Keck & Kupecky (revised and updated, now includes information on foreign adoptions)

An Insider's Guide to Transracial Adoption by Steinberg & Hall

Talking to Your Child about Adoption by Patricia Martinez Dorner

Talking with Young Children about Adoption by Watkins & Fisher

The Face in the Mirror: Teenagers and Adoption by Marion Crook

Attaching in Adoption by Deborah Gray

The Spirit of Open Adoption by James Gritter

The Open Adoption Experience by Melina & Roszia

How to Adopt Internationally by Nelson-Erichsen & Erichsen

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

Adoption Book Catalogs and Magazines:

Tapestry Books- Adoption Book Catalog, (1.800.765.2367),

Alphabet Soup Books, Adoption and Diversity Books, (1.609.771.3700),

"Roots &Wings Adoption Magazine", (1.908.637.8828),

Recommended Children's Books about Adoption:

The Duck Wedding by N. Patricia Yarborough - general adoption story

Mr. Rogers- Let's Talk about it: Adoption by Fred Rogers- focuses on feelings of belonging

Adoption is For Always by Linda Walvoord Girard or The Mulberry Bird by Anne Braff Brodzinsky- help children understand about a birth parents' decision to make an adoption plan

Twice Upon a Time: Born and Adopted by Eleanora Patterson - from birth family to adoptive family

Why Was I Adopted? by Carole Livingston - a child\'s journey from birth to adoptive family

The Coffee Can Kid by Jan Czech- story about a little girl adopted by China

Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon - all families are different and wonderful just the same

A Mother for Choco by Keido Kasza -family members can all look different and still be a family