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American Adoption Professionals Abroad, Inc. (AAPA)
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5/2/2016 to 5/6/2016
When: Monday, May 2, 2016
Where: Burg Strasse 8, 65817 Eppstein, Germany
Contact: Randy Barlow

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The goal of this program is to provide education and resources to social workers abroad, specifically those working in adoption in an international environment. All AAPA social workers and other Associates are invited to attend. Participants are traveling from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the US and Europe to join together for this training event in Germany. Participants will pay their own transportation, some meals and all incidentals.


Hotel/lodging is reserved at local hotels, and costs are being covered by the Program Sponsors. There is no registration fee for this event. It is geared toward training and staff development of AAPA social workers and associates, although the training is open to the public and several members of the adoption community abroad have been invited.


At the end of this course, Participants will demonstrate:

1. Understanding of the various regulatory roles and procedures involved in adoption, and how this applies to serving clients living abroad.

2. Ability to conduct and prepare Hague and non-Hague adoption home studies in compliance with all applicable regulations.

3. Skills, knowledge and ability to provide responsible client counseling and education on matters concerning pre and post-adoption.

4. Ability to provide competent, ethical and culturally sensitive social work services to a diverse population of Americans living in many different countries and cultures.

5. Knowledge of online and other resources and referrals for clients and to continue building professional social work practice expertise.


Program Developers:


Randy Barlow, Ed.S, LMSW, MA

Jane Santos, MSW, LCSW

Debbie Driessen-Grika, LMSW

Lari Baty Cannon, MA, MS Ed.

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