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52 Ways To Talk About Adoption With Children
52 Ways to Talk About Adoption With Children
Hear from world-renowned adoption researcher Ruth McRoy, PHD about how kids understand adoption at different ages and stages. Ruth will provide research-based knowledge that will give parents information about when children understand the meaning of being adopted but how they process feeling different as well as the reasons and/or circumstances under which their placement occurred. Then we will utilize the newly developed game “52 Ways to Talk about Adoption with Children" (developed by Debbie Riley at CASE, the same folks who brought us WISE Up) to give parents ideas about how to stimulate conversations.Steadfast in the belief that children’s adjustment to adoption is fostered by their parents’ desire, comfort level, and ability to engage in open communication with their children about adoption, out motto for the morning will be, “Talking is good for everyone” and our approach will be one which encourages families to talk about adoption in a fun and interesting way.
This workshop will provide the opportunity for parents to practice responses and share ideas about how to respond to questions from adopted children as well as questions from outsiders, including those asked in from of children and those asked when they are not present.
Ruth McRoy received her BA degree in Psychology and Sociology and Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She received her PhD in social work from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. She holds the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Chair at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and is a Senior Research Fellow and member of the Evan B Donaldson Adoption Institute Board and the NACAC (North American council on Adoptable Children) Board. .McRoy has been involved in adoptions practice for many years. Dr. McRoy's research interests include, among many others, family preservation,open adoptions, emotionally disturbed adopted children, cultural diversity, and African American adoptions. McRoy has authored or co-authored eight books and more than 100 articles and book chapters on child welfare issues. Her recent honors include the 2004 Flynn Prize for Social Work Research from the University of Southern California, the 2005 George Silcott Lifetime Achievement Award from the Black Administrators in Child Welfare, and the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).
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