Presented by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center on December 3, 2008, this 1 hour, 30 minutes webinar explores the marital strain that may occur as a result of an adoption and how marriage educators can assist adoptive families. The webinar features two presenters: Steven Durand, Executive Director of the Central Texas Fatherhood Initiative, and Shannon Durand, a trained marriage educator and applied behavioral analysis trainer who works with children with autism and other special needs. The presenters are the parents of three adopted children. The presentation reviews the common challenges faced by adoptive couples, including financial strains and emotional strains. The unique challenges faced by adoptive mothers and by adoptive fathers are described, as well as common challenges such as the lack of support systems. Issues that marriage educators should address with adoptive couples are identified and recommended program practices are discussed. Answers to questions posed by webinar participants are also included, as well as a PowerPoint presentation and transcript.
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The Challenges of Adoption on the Marital Relationship. Webinar presented by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, December 3, 2008 [Streaming Video, Streaming Audio, PowerPoint, and Transcript].