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Extending the Adoption Narrative Beyond the Immediate Triad

Start time/date: Jan  12, 2013 9:00 AM
End time/date: Jan  12, 2013 1:00 PM
Place: Kaiser Oakland Medical Center
Mosswood Building, RM #1172 & 1173
3505 Broadway, Oakland CA 94611

Extending the Adoption Narrative Beyond the Immediate Triad

Adoptive parents are often asked questions or given advice by people who may or may not have accurate information about adoption but are eager to offer their opinions, solicited or not. This can lead to challenges: first deciding who to tell what as the process goes forward and second finding ways to be sure that the information and advice you are getting is accurate and helpful.Most of us do not choose adoption without thought and preparation -- preparation friends and family do not get. We spend many agonizing hours, months and sometimes years deciding whether we will be good enough parents to our child and whether we really can love someone intimately who is not genetically connected to us. Will we be competent as an adoptive parent? Will we really feel like a parent to a child we haven’t given birth to? We would not dream of suggesting that anyone should become an adoptive parent without this self-scrutiny. Yet most of us ask our extended family and friends to accept our adoption plan and adopted children without question! 

Extended family members and friends can forge relationships with our children that can be among the most supportive and important they have. They have an intimate view of our lives and can offer incredible insight and understanding to our children without being in the charged role of “parent.” Giving them time and opportunity to know and understand our children and their experiences is well worth the effort for both our children and the important people in our lives.It is also critical to the well being of children who might otherwise suffer stereotyping or unintended pain becase of uneducated or sometimes unkind assumptions and words. Join us for a discussion of how to bring extended family and friends into the circle of adoption and help them understand how to support adopted children and adults who join their extended family circle. We especially invite extended family and friends to join us for this lively discussion.


Featured Speakers: Robbin Rasbury, PsyD & Katie Wynen, MSW

 Robbin Rasbury, PsyD, is Core Faculty at John F. Kennedy University in the Marriage Family Therapy Program. She teaches a foster-adoption seminar to master level and doctoral level students, in addition to other courses. Dr. Rasbury has also served as the program director of the Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Program at Alternative Family Services, working with high-risk teenagers and worked as a therapist, consultant/trainer, and facilitated workshops on foster care and adoption, transracial adoption, parenting strategies, and working with children and families of color.  She is an African-American adoptee and in reunion with her birth family in the Bay Area.

 Katie Wynen, MSW,  a Colombian adoptee, has a Masters in Social Work. After college, Katie worked at Hyde School in CT where there was a significant population of adopted teens. When Katie first started at Hyde she was the only adult adoptee, and the only faculty member of color. Katie formed strong connections with the families touched by adoption, especially the transracial families, and did intense work with these families during her four years. Her work at Hyde led Katie to obtain her MSW. Duringgrad school Katie had the honor to work with Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, author of The Family of Adoption. Working with Dr. Pavao allowed Katie to work with adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents of all ages and races, and provide individual, group and family therapy. Katie moved to the Bay Area in August 2011 and is still seeking full time work as a social worker. Katie did part time work as an After School Intervention Specialist with Roosevelt Elementary in San Leandro.

Pricing Description:

Cost For Non-Members: $42 

Pact Members receive a 15% discount at check out.

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