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Webinar: Adoption Microaggressions

Start time/date: May  9, 2018 11:00 AM
End time/date: May  9, 2018 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
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Adoption Microaggressions  

Myths, fairy tales, films, books, and everyday communication contain images and stories of orphans and adoptees that convey societal discomfort and judgment about adoption (i.e., adoption stigma). Join Dr. Amanda Baden as she presents a new framework for conceptualizing the oppression experienced by birth/first parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees called adoption micro aggressions. 


The microaggression model can be applied to adoption-related experiences using the literature and theory on adoption stigma. Definitions for adoption-related microaggressions (microassaults, microinvalidations, and microinsults) and a fourth type of microaggression called microfictions (i.e., shared and hidden narratives that contribute to and define the secrecy in adoption) are introduced. Thirteen themes for adoption microaggressions and examples for each are proposed.


Examples from interviews with adult adoptees in which the adoptees revealed their lived experiences with adoption microaggressions will be shared and suggestions for navigating these experiences will be discussed. This workshop is appropriate for all members of the adoption and foster care triads and professionals


Learning Goals:


1. Participants will be able to describe how the microaggression model applies to adoption-related experiences.

2. Participants will be able to define the four types of adoption-related microaggressions.

3. Participants will be able to list the themes for adoption microaggressions.

4. Participants will be able to give examples of each type of theme of adoption microaggression. 

Instructor: Amanda L. Baden,

Position: Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Experience: She is a member of State the Board of Psychology for New York State, on the Advisory Board for the Rudd Adoption Research Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a former Senior Research Fellow at the Donaldson Adoption Institute. Baden serves on the editorial board for Adoption Quarterly and the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless and she co-chaired the nine Biennial Adoption Initiative Conferences in New York City held at St. John’s University and Montclair State University. She is the co-editor of the book, The Handbook of 


Pricing Description:

$35 per person non-member

Special price Pact members receive 65% discount.

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