Pact Camp

WEBINAR: What to Expect at the Hospital in Domestic Adoption

Start time/date: Apr  12, 2017 11:00 AM
End time/date: Apr  12, 2017 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
Call In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Regsitration


What to Expect at the Hospital in Domestic Adoption

Get practical and ethical advice about what to expect when pre-adopters have been matched with expectant parents in an adoption plan, with a particular focus on what to expect at the hospital when a child is being placed for adoption. We will focus on how to manage the complex time when a child is born and the first/birth parent(s) are making the legal and emotional decision about whether to move forward with placing that child for adoption. The focus will be on how pre-adoptive parents can navigate their relationship with the first/birth parent(s) and the child while still in the hospital, including questions about when to arrive, medical choices, feeding choices, breast-feeding, and names. We will also discuss gifts, goodbyes, and contact after birth.


Educational objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Utilize tools to begin talking with the expectant parents about a birth plan that includes sensitivity to the uncertainty that exists during the delivery and after the child is born.
  2. Understand the possible complexities that hospital staff and families are coping with while the decision is still being made (or re-made) 
  3. How to create decisions and discuss, with the expectant parents and hospital staff, medical and feeding choices made for the baby.
  4. Navigate the legal complexities of the custody transfer and decision-making transfer from one set of parents to another when direct placement occurs.
  5. Set a plan for contact after birth.


Instructor: Katie Stickles-Wynen, MSW ACSW #34328

Position: Adoption Case Manager/Pre-Placement Specialist

Experience: Katie is an MSW, ACSW with 10 years of experience working with adoptees, birth/first parents and adoptive families. Katie works directly with families in transracial adoptions and families in same race adoptions. Katie runs a group for adult adoptees of color and has experience in working with adopted youth in group settings. Katie is an international, transracial adoptee.

Pricing Description:

$35 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact members receive 65% discount.

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