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Having the Hard Conversations with Children About Adoption, Race & Family
Having the Hard Conversations with Children About
Adoption, Race & Family
Location: Vista Del Mar
3200 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Adoption is a life-long process, not a one-time event. The dynamics and intricacies of adoption pose unique challenges along the life cycle for all members of the constellation. What we know for certain is that adoption occurs from loss, not only of the first and most intimate relationship between biological parents and their children, but the loss of identity, answers to important questions, history, roots, familial values, traditions, and culture, as well as for many of us, the loss of trust that the world will take good care of us.
So how do we approach these painful realities with our children? What do we tell our children when they ask why their birth parents didn’t keep them? How do we reinforce their right to exist in the mist of imposing questions and looks? What do we tell them when we are the holders of difficult information about the story of their beginnings? How do we reckon with the knowledge that we can’t answer all of these questions and most certainly can’t protect our children from the pains associated with all that is involved in their adoption narrative?
Join us for a day focused on exploration, connection, healing and repair. We will dive into parenting an adopted child and how to build connection while supporting their curiosity and need for knowledge. Together, we will explore your questions and gain real and practical strategies to engage with your children from a place of vulnerability and love.
Childcare with trained mentors and allies will be available for children four years old and up. All children must be registered by October 22, 2018. (Participating children must be fully potty trained to attend.) CHILDREN'S PROGRAM REGISTRATION CLOSED.
Join three adopted adults and two adoptive parents in an exploration of lived experience and research-based parenting approaches.
Sean Sparks was adopted transracially and is a licensed marriage and family therapist who supervises the Adoption Promotion and Support Services program (APSS) and the Relative Support Services program (RSS) with Children’s Bureau, located in Los Angeles. Sean has worked with children and families touched by adoption and foster care for 12 years. Sean specializes in adoption-focused therapeutic parenting, racial identity development, and the treatment of adoption related trauma. Sean is passionate about issues of social justice and has raised five, non-biologically related children.
Robyn Park Robyn Park Robyn Joy Park is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who dedicates her practice to serving children, adolescents, and families, particularly those touched by foster care and/or adoption. She provides community trainings, workshops, and presentations both locally and internationally. Robyn's personal experience as a transracial adoptee has informed her clinical training in agency and school-based settings, and has deeply influenced her professional perspectives.
Angela Gee is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Los Angeles. An adoptee and adoptive parent, Angela also facilitates adult and youth adoption groups in Pasadena and identity development workshops that focus on the unique experiences that adoptees and their families may encounter.
Beth Hall is the Director of Pact, An Adoption Alliance. She co-founded Pact in 1991 to combat discrimination against adopted children of color and their birth and adoptive families. She is co-author of the book Inside Transracial Adoption (2013), the adoptive mother of two adults of color and grew up with an adopted sister.
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Registration: Lunch & Materials Included
Scholarships/subsidies available for low-income families. Please contact email@example.com for information. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
$30 per individual adult
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