Webinar: Complexity of Open Adoption: A Triad Inclusive Conversation
Open adoption was created as an alternative to the challenges of closed adoption. But many adoptive parents find new challenges inherent to an open relationship with birth family. Here from triad members living and navigating the complexity of real open adoptions as they discuss some of the challenges and offer strategies for the ways that these relationships can be successfully navigate. The will be a facilitated conversation including adopted people as well as both birth and adoptive parents living the experience. Practical tips and examples will be offered including 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. This webinar is appropriate for pre- and post- adoptive parents living in or planning open adoption as well as adoption professionals.
The Zoom link for this webinar will be sent out 1 week prior to the live event. All webinars are recorded and shared with paid registrants within 1 week of the event.
Facilitated by Susan Dusza Guerra Lesksander, Pact's Agency & Clinical Director. Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, LMFT is a first mother, transracial adoptee, and a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in the adoption and foster care triads. As First/Birth Family Specialist, Susan focuses on the needs of expectant parents considering adoption, and first/birth families of who have placed children of color for adoption. Susan placed her daughter for adoption in 2001 in an “open” adoption which was subsequently closed by her daughter’s adoptive parents. She was transracially adopted as an infant and, with the support of her adoptive parents, reunited with her first families as a teenager. Susan envisions a world where all expectant parents and first/birth parents are fully empowered, accurately informed, and emotionally supported, in order to make the best decisions for their children and themselves.
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