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Pact Family Day: Understanding the Adoption Journey From Conception Through Adulthood
Understanding the Adoption Journey
From Conception Through Adulthood
April 14, 2018
Registration: 1:00 pm
Adult Program: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Youth 5 – 12 Program: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Potluck Community Gathering: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Oakland, CA (location details sent upon registration)
Join us for a day of learning for the whole family including special programming for children ages 5-12 led by our awesome counselor/mentors and teen club members. Concurrent adult programing will be taking place for parents of all age children. Parents are invited to attend with or without their children.
Understanding Adoption and Making Decisions about What To Share When
Children will learn the language of adoption including terms and meanings and also practice responding to questions using the WISE Up Curriculum as a multifaceted model for responding to friends and strangers questions about adoption, inviting them to find their own comfort zone in whether or not they choose to share personal information and with whom. Groups will be joined by teens who will help them act out options including Walking Away, Telling People It’s Private, Sharing Personal Information and Educating about Adoption. These lessons along with fun programing that creates community, will empower children to recognize that they are members of a larger community of adopted and fostered people of color and never alone in navigating the challenges of being “different.”
Honoring Our Journey
Katie Stickles-Wynen, MSW and Panel
Many people believe adoption begins when paperwork is signed and an adoptee joins a family. Hear directly from adult adoptees about the importance of acknowledging ALL steps of the adoption journey. No matter the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, the time spent in utero is where an adoptee’s journey begins. There could be hours, days, months or years until a placement occurs. All of those moments and experiences are part of an adoptee’s story and therefore their adoption journey. Listen as adult adoptees of various ages and backgrounds share and reflect on what they knew and didn’t know about their adoption journey and the impact it has had on them.
Relating with Integrity, Creating Opportunities for Y/Our Children,
Susan DG Leksander, LMFT
Historically, the voices and perspectives of first family members has been excluded from the discourse on adoption. Susan will draw on her multiple perspectives as a transracially adopted person, a first/birth mother, and an adoption professional to expand the possibilities for relationships with first families. Adoptive parents may have conscious or unconscious biases, judgments and feelings about their child's first family. Left unexamined, these attitudes or assumptions can corrode a sense of trust between the adoptee and adoptive parent, and can limit how free the child feels in their ability to connect with all of their identities. By cultivating more familiarity with one's assumptions and attitudes, and through a willingness to hear accurate information and personal accounts of what it means to be part of a first family, adoptive parents may be able to address their own fears, which influence what’s possible for their child.
We will then divide into groups to go deeper as follows:
Youth Program Leadership Staff
Adult Program Presenters
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Late registeration after 4/8/18 does not allow for membership discount. If you want to bring your child you must email firstname.lastname@example.org to determine if there is room.
We cannot accomodate walk-in child registration, adults welcome.