Crossings Training for International Adoptive Parents

Crossings training is mandatory for families adopting internationally through Lifeline. Crossings is an interactive training intended to help prepare and equip families for the joys and challenges that come with the journey of international adoption. The information is presented from a Biblical and Christian worldview with an emphasis placed on attachment.

Some topics addressed during Crossings include: understanding child development, effects of trauma, neurochemistry changes, sensory processing disorder, parent-attachment styles, benefits of secure attachment, behavioral challenges, discipline techniques and other relevant issues. The education provided during Crossings has been derived from a number of reliable resources highlighting Trust-Based Relational Intervention® presented by the TCU Institute of Child Development, Healing Parents by Orlans and Levy, and presentations and books by author Jayne E. Schooler.

Crossings also provides the opportunity for adoptive families to ask questions, meet other individuals who are on the adoptive journey, and hear from those who have gone before them in this process.

These Lifeline-sponsored trainings will be offered on a regular basis at various Lifeline State Offices beginning on Friday and continuing on Saturday and online for those that do not live close to a Lifeline Office.

Lifeline Families, see our calendar to register for the next Live Crossings training in your area!  The fee for Crossings training is included in your agency fees unless otherwise noted on your signed fee sheet. Your caseworker will let you know if your family needs to submit payment before completing Crossings once we receive your registration.

Domestic Adoption and Foster Care Training

Families Count

Families Count is a family restoration and preservation ministry of Lifeline that targets parents who are at-risk for having their children removed from their homes or working towards reunification with their children out of foster care. It includes a six-week, biblical parenting class facilitated by local churches and a mentorship for participating parents. An overarching goal of Families Count is to point parents to Christ as the Restorer of their families and to His Church as a source of ongoing support. Learn more about Families Count here.

Foster Parenting Training

Lifeline offers both pre and post-licensure trainings for prospective and licensed foster parents. For parents who desire to foster a child through Lifeline, they must complete ten weeks of classes that focus on children’s losses and corresponding behaviors. Following licensure, foster parents are invited to participate in ongoing CEU (continuing education unit) events that include relevant topics in foster care and live speakers who encourage parents from God’s word. Learn more about Foster Parenting here. 

Domestic Adoption Training

Participation in Lifeline’s domestic adoption conference is required of prospective parents desiring to adopt a child domestically. Included in the two-day conference are general sessions led by birth parents who have placed their children with adoptive families and a panel of Moms and Dads whose children entered their families through adoption. Break-out sessions that center on pre-natal trauma, transracial adoption, marriage, and infertility challenge prospective parents and encourage them with Biblical perspectives on these issues. For more information, visit on our calendar!

Life Skills Educational Training (LSET) & Caregiver Training

The mission statement of Lifeline Children’s Services is to “equip the body of Christ to manifest the Gospel to orphaned and vulnerable children”.  Lifeline and (un)adopted have worked in partnership to develop a curriculum, Life Skills Educational Training (LSET), that is designed to do just that: equip those men and women that have an opportunity to be influential in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children. This training is multifaceted, but each component shares the specific intention of serving children’s homes around the world. We partner with the caregivers that serve and the local churches that support these homes by equipping them to provide the best possible care for the children with whom they are entrusted, in light of the heavy histories these children carry.

A more in-depth look at the LSET Caregiver Education Curriculum Click here. 

Training for Churches

The Church is awakening to the reality that caring for orphans and vulnerable children is not just something for a select few within the church to do. Everyone has a role that they can play in putting the gospel on display by caring for these children. As more of the Church adopts and fosters children with loss and trauma in their pasts, it is increasingly evident that the needs of these children and their families can be complex and confusing. One way that the Church as a whole can make a huge difference is through understanding and adapting to the unique needs of children coming from hard places. This training is designed to help church leaders and volunteers come alongside these children and their families to support them in leading their children to feel safe and secure and to know and follow Jesus.