Pact Camp

Webinar: Should We or Shouldn’t We? Considering Open Adoption as You Prepare to Become a Parent

Start time/date: Apr  7, 2021 11:00 AM
End time/date: Apr  7, 2021 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration

Should We or Shouldn’t We?

Considering Open Adoption as You Prepare to Become a Parent

Many, perhaps most, adoptions now begin with the possibility of some amount of openness and contact between birth and adoptive parents. How do you determine what is right for you and your child? How do you know what to expect long term? Each family’s situation is unique and there is no single set of answers, but by drawing on research, lived experience and current models, this workshop will help pre-adoptive and expectant parents find the child-centered path that considers everyone’s needs and acknowledges the power differentials that exist between adoptees, first/birth families and adoptive families. Questions we will discuss include:


  • Does open adoption create confusion for adopted children?
  • Who gets to decide how much contact we should have?
  • What if we find out we don’t like one another all that much?
  • What if the other parents don’t respect our boundaries or honor the agreements?


This webinar is suitable for pre-adoptive parents, expectant parents and professionals working with these populations.


Participants will be able to…

  • Identify three of the common myths about open adoption.
  • Identify three more accurate stances about the benefits of open adoption for everyone involved, especially the child.
  • Develop their own child-centered plan for how to approach openness and contact as they are considering placing, adopting or helping others prepare to adopt.


Instructor: Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, MA, LMFT #47992 

Position: 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 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.

Pricing Description:

$36 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact members receive 25% discount.

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