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Webinar: First/Birth Parent Voices

Start time/date: May  5, 2021 11:00 AM
End time/date: May  5, 2021 12:30 PM
 
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration
 

First/Birth Parent Voices


First/birth parents are the truest expert on their own experience. In this webinar, participants will hear from a panel of first/birth parents as they discuss the many complexities of adoption.  This diverse and interactive panel will address topics such as pregnancy and childbirth, interactions with professionals, relationships with their child/ren and relationships with their child/ren’s adoptive parents. Through first-person stories and videos, we’ll offer perspectives that represent a spectrum of placements including different types of adoption and reasons for adoption and foster-adoption. There is no single first/birth parent story, so be prepared to have your assumptions challenged and your perspective broadened.

 

Participants will be able to…

  • Compare three similarities and three differences between the different reasons first/birth parents place children for adoption or have children removed from their care.
  • Describe three of the common emotional experiences for first/birth parents after adoption.
  • Identify concrete strategies that adoptive families can use to improve relationships with their children’s first/birth families.

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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