Webinar: Culturally Relevant & Sensitive Adoption Language & Rituals
Culturally Relevant & Sensitive Adoption Language & Rituals
Words and rituals are important methods of human communication through which we tell our stories and underscore our values. Words not only convey facts, they also evoke feelings. When outsiders to the experience of adoption use words that seem to place meaning or be biased regarding adoption, those who have first-hand experience can take offense or feel uncertain as to whether or not that outsider is an ally to them. How adoptive parents and other important adults talk with children about adoption, or their birth family, can have a big impact and demonstrate the underlying narrative that children will internalize about themselves and their identity. We will address the use of terms like “child of our own”, “lucky”, “grateful”, “our birth mother,” and offer sensitive and inclusive alternatives you can use within your own family and when speaking or educating your community about adoption. Similarly, we will suggest rituals that can provide a meaningful bridge out of the secrecy and shame that too often have underscored adoption. Rituals celebrated with openness, love, and pride send a powerful message of validation to adopted people and their loved ones. This webinar is applicable to all members of the adoption constellation and adoption professionals.
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Instructor: Katie Stickles-Wynen, MSW ACSW #34328
Position: Adoption Case Manager/Pre-Placement Specialist
Experience: Katie is a transracial/international Colombian adoptee who has worked with the adoption community since 2006. One-on-one and in group settings, Katie has worked with adoptees ranging from age 5-55, and both transracial and same-race adoptive parents. Katie leads the Adult Adoptees of Color support group in the East Bay and supports adult adoptee programming for the annual Pact Family Camp.
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$35 per person non-member
Special price Pact members receive 65% discount.
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