Why Words Matter – The Importance of Positive Adoption Language (3/10/24)


ASK-VIP Trainings are offered at no cost.

March 10, 2024
6:00 PM-7:30 PM Eastern

Antoine & Jeremiah Smith-Rouse, Adoptive Parent Trainers



Participants will delve into the recognition of positive adoption language and its vital importance in nurturing a nurturing and affirming environment for children. By understanding the impact of language on identity and self-worth, participants will explore how positive adoption language contributes to a child’s sense of belonging and self-esteem within their family and the broader community. The course will engage participants in discussions on how to sensitively address adoption, early life experiences, and cultural/racial diversity with the children in their care.

Strategies for effective communication and creating a safe space for these discussions will be explored, empowering participants to navigate these conversations with empathy, understanding, and cultural sensitivity.

ASK-VIP trainings are expressly designed to meet the needs of foster and adoptive parents. Skilled trainers who have lived experiences with fostering and adoption provide these trainings in a virtual group setting. There is 1.5 hours of ongoing, elective foster parent training credit available for Kentucky’s foster parents.

Create an account or log-in to register for this training. A reliable internet connection and a smartphone, tablet, or computer with web camera is needed to participate. If there are two adults in the same household that want to participate in this training, each person must register separately. Foster parent training credit is administered based on the duration of the meeting and each attendee’s participation. Training credit is only available if you have not participated in this training within the past twelve months.

If you have any questions about this training or how to register, please email ask@uky.edu or call 859-257-7361.