As Vice President of Community Outreach and Education, I am thrilled to be able to bring knowledge and training to people across the country, tackling topics that are relevant and informative for so many. While adoption-focused preparation and topics continue to be a big part of the education offered by The Cradle, we’ve been hard at work to make available new educational topics relevant to any family, whether or not the family is touched by adoption.
Our Children: An Education and Empowerment Series is an initiative that began in 2016, and is so relevant, especially in this current climate. We’ve made these past webinars available at a reduced fee during the recent weeks, with the original Raising Black Boys Roundtable and Webinar, available free of charge for a limited time.
I’m proud to announce that this month, we are beginning an exciting series of six new Our Children webinars focused on race. During this series of webinars, we’ll revisit topics like ‘Raising Black Boys’ and we’ll introduce new topics including ‘From Black Boys to Black Men’ at which time young men of color will speak openly about their feelings on being a Black male in today’s society. Another webinar in the series is entitled ‘Can You Hear Us Now’ during which a panel of African Americans will talk about what the BLM protest means to them and their thoughts regarding where we, as a nation and as communities, need to go from here. As with all past Our Children webinars, this series promises to promote a very open and honest dialog. I hope you’ll join us to become a part of the conversation.
There are plenty of other new educational initiatives happening at The Cradle, including our nationally leading Adoption Learning Partners (ALP) online education program. ALP has been a long-time program of The Cradle and we’re excited to continue to bring you our educational webinars and provide courses for those who are going through the adoption process. In fact, we’re interested in your feedback to understand the types of programming you’re most interested in. So, keep your eyes open for a survey and share with us your input on future topics that will be meaningful to you as parents, prospective adoptive parents, foster parents and professionals.
Stay tuned for lots more to come in the coming months! Thank you so much for your continued support!
Nijole Yutkowitz is The Cradle’s Vice President of Community Outreach and Education. In this role, Nijole oversees the Ardythe and Gale Sayers Center for African American Adoption, the Our Children Education and Empowerment series, and Adoption Learning Partners online education.