Pact Camp

Webinar: Life After Placement Adoptive Parent Focus - Navigating Openness

Start time/date: Dec  15, 2021 11:00 AM
End time/date: Dec  15, 2021 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration

Life After Placement

Adoptive Parent Focus - Navigating Openness

Open adoption was created as an alternative to the challenges of closed adoption. Advocates of open adoption often talk about a relationship between birth and adoptive families as a choice to be made for the sake of the adopted child. But not discussed is how to navigate relationships that are often not yet established and yet involve emotional power dynamics. Like arranged marriages, open adoption sets up relationships where the adults don’t really know one another; families have the love of their child as motivation, but need tools to make it work.


In this webinar, we’ll explore and define the difference between contact and openness and offer suggestions for how to develop a real familial relationship, among all parties, that will create a strong scaffold from which to manage issues that do arise, while minimizing the sense of being on opposing sides of the relationship or putting the child in the middle. We’ll offer practical tips and suggestions for how to identify and defuse your own triggers, fears and insecurities, thus allowing parents to be fully attuned and creative in meeting the relationship needs of their children and adoption-extended families. Join us to explore the challenges, dynamics and strengths of open adoption, and live the pledge to keep children connected to all of their family identities.


This webinar is appropriate for pre- and post- adoptive parents living in or planning open adoption as well as adoption professionals.


Participants will be able to…

  • learn mind shifts that will allow parents to develop a new mindset and strategy to guide their open adoption relationships.
  • assess their open adoption relationship health, which then will allow them to identify their “next-step” strategies for relationship growth.
  • gain practical tools for how to choose their words and actions in ways that promote rather than set up barriers to relationship improvements.
  • recognize their own inner landmines and defuse them in order to improve ongoing connections with their children’s birth family or adoptive family members.

Instructor/Panel:Beth Hall

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.

Pricing Description:

$36 per person non-member          

Special price Pact members receive 25% discount.

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