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Webinar: Is Open Adoption a Good Idea for Foster Adoptions?

Start time/date: Jan  16, 2019 11:00 AM
End time/date: Jan  16, 2019 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
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Is Open Adoption a Good Idea for Foster Adoptions?

When children are removed from their families because of safety issues, does the current research that open adoption is in the best interest of the child still apply? How do parents know when those safety issues are perceived or actual and does it matter? Are adoptees who have experienced abuse or neglect at the hands of birth family members less likely to desire contact with their first/birth parents/families? Hear from experienced foster/adoptive parents and a foster alum who have grappled with these issues in response to their children’s questions and or desire to know more about their first families. We will explore the complexities of open adoptions in the context of foster adoption, including an exploration about the assumptions and information that foster/adoptive parents have been given and how to determine if it was originally or is still accurate. We will make concrete suggestions based on lived experience as well as professional knowledge for how to make safe contact work while answering children’s questions and supporting them in their own need to find answers for themselves. Creative ideas for how to gather information and establish contact between adults with different life experiences will be explored. This webinar is appropriate for pre- and post-placement foster and adoptive parents as well as adoption professionals.


Educational objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. List the reasons that adoptees have for searching for first/birth parents, particularly as it pertains to those who have been removed or placed into foster care before adoptive placement.
  2. Identify at least three ways that contact can be initiated before direct interaction between adopted youth and their first family members occurs.
  3. Explore how parents can address the differences between their own feelings and/or anger towards their children’s first/birth parents and the feelings of their children.
  4. Realistically assess safety risks due to mental health symptoms, criminal history, drug involvement and/or violent history when they are part of your child’s first/birth family experience.
  5. Create an action plan for how to support a child’s desire for connection with their birth family based on your realistic and non-reactive assessment of safety risks.
  6. Utilize new insights based on the lived experiences of foster adoptive parents who have made connections with their adopted children’s first/birth family members.


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. Beth is also the mother of two adoptive children who are now both adults. 


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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