Pact Camp

Webinar: Adoption Activism

Start time/date: Nov  17, 2021 11:00 AM
End time/date: Nov  17, 2021 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration

Adoption Activism


Whether a child joins a family through domestic infant adoption, the child welfare system or international adoption, that event happens within the context of a larger system. Given that adoptive families are formed when children are separated or removed from their first/birth families, all who are touched by adoption must reflect on the ethical dilemmas inherent in it in order to help youth process their experience.


In this webinar, participants will learn how and why we should transform the narratives, practices and policies of adoption systems to make them truly child-centered. This can be done by challenging both your inner circle as well as your community and government to center the voices of adoptees, former foster youth, and first/birth families when discussing adoption. Additionally, change can happen when we advocate for more just policies, such as access to original birth certificates, citizenship for international adoptees and even supporting changes in foster and adoption laws in your state. When you know better, you can do better and support children better.


Participants will be able to…

  • Identify at least one inherent problem in the domestic infant adoption, child welfare and international adoption systems.
  • List three ways the dominant narrative about adoption supports those in more privileged positions and harms those in less privileged positions.
  • Identify three organizations working to create more justice in adoption and foster care.
  • Create and commit to your own personal adoption activism plan with a specific goal and a timeframe in which to complete it.

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 price Pact members receive 25% discount.

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