Adoption Classes

Adoption Center of Illinois (ACI) offers training courses on issues relevant to the adoption process and parenting an adopted child. PAPs are required to complete training that is specifically geared toward the type of adoption they are pursuing and their identified adoption expectations. All ACI classes are open to the public and pre-registration is required.

Unless otherwise noted in course descriptions, classes are:

Free to ACI families, including alumni
$30 per person for non-ACI families (non-refundable)
Please call our office at (773)-334-2300 to pay with credit card
Located at ACI’s office at 5828 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60660
Not appropriate for children of any age to attend

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African-American Hair Care: Styles 4 Kidz Hands-On Hair Care Workshop Level 2 – At Styles4kidz Salon

Styles4kidz Salon 235 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL, United States

REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE ONLY IF YOU HAVE TAKEN LEVEL 1 Step-by-step, hands-on instruction on how to do up to three simple hairstyles; ponytails, twists, basic underhand braiding; plus Q&A with S4K stylist.  Parents use their own recommended tools.  A list can be provided. (Supply kits can be purchased at an additional cost)  Parents practice […]

Baby Care 101

Becky O'Connell's Home Chicago, IL, United States

Join Becky O'Connell, one of our temporary care providers, and learn the "baby basics".  Becky will discuss "The Big Three" (You will learn what they are!) and include suggestions and demonstrations to help you understand, enjoy, soothe and stimulate your baby.  This class is suitable for waiting families, those with infants under one year, and […]

Attachment and Adoption – LIVE WEBINAR


Recent research in neuroscience has confirmed what many clinicians have long known: Early relationships between caregivers and infants/young children matter and have lifelong implications for children. In order to help each child reach their potential, supportive and caring relationships are essential. This lecture will address the process of creating lasting attachments with adoptive children, some […]