Cultural Competency & Transracial Adoption Training
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Participant Letter to Training Sponsor
I attended a 6-hour IFAPA-sponsored training last Saturday, June 16,
in Cedar Rapids.
The class was "Advanced Topics in Transracial Foster & Adoptive
Families," conducted by Robert O'Connor.
This was by far the most pertinent, informative, professional, and
interesting foster parent training class I have attended thus far. I
appreciate very much the way in which the class was structured, with a
balance of interaction and instruction as well as information
presented via video. I thought given the time constraints, Robert kept
the discussion at the perfect level of detail so as to end the class on
time yet with a sense of completion and accomplishment in terms of the
goal of the session.
I honestly could see this being a semester-long college course, and I
could have easily listened to him talk on this subject that long, as
well. He is an excellent speaker and presenter and is clearly
knowledgeable and experienced, bringing to the class an invaluable
mixture of clinical information and personal experience as both an
adult transracial adoptee and a social worker and professor to make his
This class should be required for all foster parents, in my opinion,
in much the way Mandatory Reporting is required. My guess is that people
who do not foster/adopt children of other races think the class would
not be applicable to their situations. However, the course title may be
a bit of a misnomer, or at the very least, may be a bit misleading in
that respect. The emphasis on culture and on appreciating and embracing
our foster/adoptive kids' cultures and experiences prior to coming into
our homes is applicable to all foster/adoptive situations, especially
-but not exclusively -- to those that include children from other ethnic
groups. However, to change the title or format of this class might take
away from the valuable discussions that ensued among the class members,
nearly all of whom shared the common experience of parenting children
from cultures other than their own. For that reason, I think the class
is perfect, requiring no changes whatsoever (beyond perhaps making it
mandatory or at least incorporating a large portion of it into
My husband and I left the class with a new realization of what we
still need to provide to our African-American/Caucasian daughters so
that will be able to successfully navigate the world as adult members of
both the Caucasian and African-American cultures.
Robert was fantastic, and I would definitely take and recommend to
anyone else any classes he conducted in the future.
Thank you again for offering this class.