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Webinar: First/Birth Parent Voices
First/Birth Parent Voices
Nationwide, the adoption discussion is too often missing the perspective of first/birth parent voices and instead dominated by the voices of adoptive parents. This bias masks the fact that every adoptee has two sets of parents, birth and adoptive. When first/birth voices are missing, the message is sent to adoptees that their origin, the beginning of their life story and the connection to their first heritage and family is not important, not worthy, or perhaps is even something to be ashamed of, or overcome.
Designed for pre-adoptive and adoptive parents, this workshop will help you examine your fears, feelings, and preconceptions. Hear from several birth/first parents about how they are processing and managing their own adoption experiences. You will hear about different adoption scenarios including open adoptions with ongoing contact and adoptions where contact is challenging. We will offer insight into creative ways to maintain connection with first/birth parents who have engaged in unsafe behaviors. This webinar is appropriate for all members of the adoption triad and adoption professionals.
What we will cover:
Instructor: Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, MA, LMFT #47992
Position: Adoption Agency Supervisor and First/Birth Family Specialist
Experience: Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in the adoption and foster care triads. She is both a first/birth mother, as well as a transracial adoptee. Susan has been providing individual and family therapy to all members of the foster / adoption constellation since 2008 in private practice and agency settings. She has delivered workshops and keynotes addresses to adoption professionals and adoptive families at regional, state, and national conferences on adoption. She is the Adoption Agency Supervisor and First/Birth Family Specialist at Pact, where she focuses on the needs of expectant parents considering adoption, and first/birth families who have placed children for adoption.
$36 per person non-member
Special pricing Pact member receive 25% discount.
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