Pact Camp

Webinar: Life After Placement: Navigating Openness for First/Birth Families

Start time/date: Aug  4, 2021 11:00 AM
End time/date: Aug  4, 2021 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration

Life After Placement: Navigating Openness for First/Birth Families

Adoption starts with placement or removal, and first/birth families are left navigating it for the rest of their lives, often with very little support. This workshop for first/birth families, led by therapists specializing in open adoption and first/birth family issues, will offer compassionate support and concrete guidance. There is no one guide to open adoption for first/birth families, and open adoption is 
complicated. It solved many of the problems of closed adoption, but created new problems as well as opportunities. In this workshop, we will address self-care and healing for first/birth families as we navigate all the variations, from recent search and reunion to long-term open adoptions. We will also discuss some guideposts to assess whether you are on the right track in keeping your child/ren centered while also acknowledging the importance of your own needs, even if they can’t or won’t be met. This workshop is for first/birth family members.


Participants will be able to…

  • List three guideposts to assess whether you are on track with keeping your child/ren at the center of your decision making.
  • Identifying three common “stuck” places for first/birth parents in having good relationships with their children and/or their children’s adoptive family.
  • Create and commit to an individual action plan to address one of your personal stuck spots.

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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