Most parents-to-be know when to expect the birth of their child. But for parents choosing adoption, the phone can ring at any time.

The Alexandria Community Y's Family Center offers a four-session infant care and parenting class designed for people currently working with an adoption agency or waiting for a private placement.

"There are plenty of courses on how to adopt a child, but nothing that deals with the actual event of the baby coming home," said Mickey Lutz, instructor and support group leader at the center.

The course also deals with some of the special needs adoptive parents have that are not often discussed in general infant care classes. "Most people who adopt do so because the biological door is closed to them, and fighting with infertility is difficult to talk about," Lutz said.

Topics such as foreign adoptions, returning to work and how to explain the adoption story to your child are also explored.

"We want to bring adoptive parents together and have them support each other," Lutz said.

Classes meet Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. at the Alexandria Community Y, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. The next session begins Jan. 21 and the cost is $45. To register, call Mickey Lutz: 836-1779.