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Adoption Learning Partners Gives Customized Approach to Training and Supporting Parents

Adoption Learning Partners Gives Customized Approach to Training and Supporting Parents

Who is Adoption Learning Partners?

The Cradle’s pre-eminent adoption training provider, offering education to prospective adoptive families, or any parent wanting to equip themselves with tools for parenting, need access to fresh and relevant courses. 
 
What is A Learning Place?

A Learning Place is the next generation of exceptional training provided by Adoption Learning Partners.  A Learning Place is a state-of-the-art training platform offering a highly customized approach to teaching and supporting parents. A Learning Place is built in a mobile-first responsive design that incorporates a micro-learning format. A Learning Place (ALP) can transform the training landscape, effectively minimizing the common barriers facing those who need to access appropriate coursework. ALP provides consistent training, giving parents better tools and techniques to support their care for our most vulnerable children.
 
What are some of the benefits of A Learning Place’s platform?

A Learning Place (ALP) is simple to use for parents and professionals alike. It delivers practical help when and where it’s needed, is highly responsive in both design and approach, is informed by the latest research in education and child welfare, and is designed to grow and evolve as families do.
A Learning Place is optimized for mobile use. The mobile platform makes learning convenient by offering a learner-centered teaching method to facilitate information sharing outside the constraints of time and place. This learning method is far easier for learners to progress through learning objectives, rather than navigating the constraints of live sessions which often take place over many months. For those who prefer tablets or computers, the responsive design of A Learning Place accommodates these devices as well.
 
ALP offers content using a micro-learning curriculum. The training modules available through A Learning Place range from five to fifteen minutes in length, with a single module covering a single learning objective. This short segment format is less daunting in scope and flexible enough to fit into people’s busy lives. Research shows that learners are more engaged and retention is improved when the time commitment is concise and the learning objective is specific.
 
The modular design allows for training to be customized to specific needs. For instance, social workers at adoption/child welfare agencies can assign training tailored to the needs of a specific learner/client, perhaps focused on the unique needs of the child in the learner’s care. There is also a portal that makes agency-specific customization possible. Trainings can be assigned to specific family members by their social worker and progress is tracked. In addition, criteria determining the successful completion of training can be customized for the agency’s clients while also providing assessment insight into the learning achievements for each learner/client.
 
What Courses are available?

Courses currently available, as well as those slated for development, address best practices in the field of child welfare, parenting and online education. Our goal is for the training offered via ALP to be inclusive of the educational needs of parents interested in fostering, adopting, becoming the legal guardians of youth from all states, tribes and territories, as well as parents who are seeking to learn new strategies for parenting their growing children.

The ALP platform is simple to use for parents and professionals alike. It delivers practical help when and where it’s needed, is highly responsive in both design and approach, is informed by the latest research in education and child welfare, and is designed to grow and evolve as families do. For more information, please visit https://cradle.org/learning-place or email support@alp.education.