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ANCHOR A-OK Educational Class, Series 5 (Virtual)

October 14 @ 5:15 pm - 9:00 pm

For those pursuing the domestic adoption of an older child (or an international adoption)

The A-OK educational classes are referred to as ANCHOR (Attach, Nurture, Commit, Healing, Open-minded, Resilience). They are specific to those considering the adoption of an older child or children. The classes give attendees a great deal of information that prepares them for adopting a child waiting in the United States foster care system (or out of country care). Families are given the opportunity to assess personal interest, readiness, and commitment to adopt an older child. If you are considering the adoption of a waiting child, this is for you. Due to the preparation necessary for adoption through the foster care system, training consists of two mini-weekends part (A and B) for a total of 23 classroom hours. You must sign up for one A (both weekend days) and one B (both weekend days). Preference is for you to sign up for parts A & B listed together. However, if you are unable to attend for example, part B in the first series, you may attend part B in another series. You must attend part A before part B.

For those enrolled in the A-OK program, a total of 38.5 hours are required prior to being matched with a child. 23 hours are received after attending training sessions A and B. The A-OK program provides you with quality time with your family advocate and social workers (specialists in the field of older child adoption) to help you gain additional educational hours. You will also be provided with a series of assignments that you do independently which will assist in achieving the required hours of pre-adoption preparation.

2021 Series 5

Session A
Friday, October 14 5:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 15 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Session B
Saturday, October 29 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 30 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The classes are typically held at Adoption STAR’s main office, in Amherst, NY (suburb of Buffalo). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes are currently being held virtually. Should this change over the course of 2022, we will update the calendar appropriately.
**When Adoption STAR is able to return to having education classes in person, weekend sessions will be in person, and weekday sessions will be virtual.


October 14
5:15 pm - 9:00 pm