Webinar: What Adopted Tweens and Teens Need from Adults Who Love Them
What Adopted Tweens and Teens Need
from Adults Who Love Them
The job of tweens/teens is to figure out who they are in the world. Beginning as early young as nine or ten, the tween years are often compared to the preschool years because of the dramatic changes that occur during the move to greater independence. Tweens develop a new ability to be introspective and analytical and often embrace new views of the world, some of which may be challenging to their parents. They get messages from media and peers that they should begin to separate from their family, but most of them are not emotionally ready to do so. This often raises adoption, genetic, racial and heritage issues/questions that they will begin to explore on deeper levels than ever before. A parent’s most difficult task is to create a delicate balance of helping their tweens feel safe and connected while they explore their newly forming individual identity.
In this webinar, parents and caregivers will gain better understanding of developmental stages of adopted tweens/teens and learn tools to support them in their journey of becoming whole adults. Topics covered will include general identity formation, adoption identity and racial identity. We’ll explore how tweens and teens move through their development while understand their adoption, racial, gender and overall identity issues on a deeper level as they travel the road toward independence.
This workshop is suitable for adoptive parents, birth parents, their allies and professionals.
Participants will be able to…
· Recognize common behaviors and feelings in adopted tweens and teens.
· List several parenting strategies and tools to enhance connection and communication with their tweens and teens.
· Identify common needs of and address questions from adopted youth.
· Assess volatility and the risks the teen they are parenting or working with exhibits to determine if there is a need for additional services to keep them safe.
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.
$36 per person non-member
Special price Pact members receive 25% discount.
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