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Webinar: Opening Your Child’s Adoption: Searching for Birth Family

Start time/date: Mar  14, 2018 11:00 AM
End time/date: Mar  14, 2018 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration


Opening Your Child’s Adoption: Searching for Birth Family

Whether your child’s adoption involved initial contact with his or her first/birth parents or not, there are often ways to find first/birth family members and current research has shown openness is best for adoptees. For adoptive parents who want to consider this option, join us to learn about practical considerations: not only how to begin the search, but the next steps of creating relationship guidelines and respect between the adults involved, so that the adopted child(ren) as well as other children in both the adoptive and birth/first family are supported rather than placed in the middle of emotional turbulence. How to have contact when there are significant life challenges? What information should be shared with the adopted child and when? Are there times when search and contact should wait? What if a family member doesn’t want to be found or is unwilling or unable to sustain contact? This workshop will help you explore your questions and concerns, and you will hear directly from adoptive parents about their journey to open their child’s adoption. This webinar is appropriate for foster and adoptive families as well adoption professionals in domestic adoption.


Educational objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify their role in the search process. (Decision maker, detective, emotion coach, etc.)
  2. Utilize an action plan for how to start the search process and know where/when to start.
  3. Understand the importance of documenting the process for the adoptee. [SL1] 
  4. Give examples of privilege and how it applies in the context of open adoption.
  5. Predict additional barriers that may arise within a transracially adoptive family and create a plan to successfully address those barriers.


Instructor/Panel: Beth Hall & a panel of experienced foster/adoptive parents

Experience: Beth Hall is an adoption educator who, co-founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, which is a multicultural adoption organization dedicated to addressing essential issues affecting adopted children of color. Pact offers lifelong support and placement services for birth and adoptive families with adopted kids of color. A national speaker, she is also the author of numerous articles and a book, Inside Transracial Adoption, which is filled with personal stories, practical suggestions, and theory, and delivers the message that race matters, racism is alive, and families built transracially can develop strong and binding ties.

Pricing Description:

$35 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact member receive 65% discount.

Please choose carefully when registering for Pact events. Pact is not in a position to refund workshop or event registration fees.

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