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Tween & Teen Club-Discussion Group

Start time/date: Apr  13, 2013 3:00 PM
End time/date: Apr  13, 2013 9:15 PM
Place: Location Address Will Be Emailed Upon Registration

Do You Wonder About Your Birth Parents., continued


Tweens: 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Teens: 6:15-9:15 pm


In a continuation of the discussion about birth parents, youth will be encouraged to explore some of their feelings about their own birth parents and talk about characteristics they think they get from their first family and those that come from their adoptive families.


At the next session we will be focusing on some of the following themes,  which will include:

  • No child is unlovable;
  • If birth mothers are not able to be their for their children, it is because of their emotional/social problems not because of the child;
  • It’s OK to have strong feelings, including anger and betrayal toward their birth mothers, even if they understand she did the best she could or had a hard time;
  • Its OK to have more than one feeling toward a person, or conflicting feelings;
  • The range of reasons why birth parents can't parent their children;
  • The feelings birth parents have about not parenting their children.

Facilitator: Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander & Connie Archbold Malloy

Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist who works with first/birthparents, former foster/adopted youth and adult adoptees in agency and private practice settings. Susan placed her daughter for adoption in 2001 in an “open” adoption, which was subsequently closed by the adoptive parents. She is also a transracial adult adoptee who, with the support of her adoptive parents, reunited with her first/birth families as a teenager. Susan is the author of the “Ask a First (Birth) Mother” column published in Pact’s quarterly newsletter and an On Your Feet Foundation Board Member, where she serves as Chair of the Public Education Committee and co-facilitator for their first/birthmother retreat.

Connie Archbold Malloy is an Afro-Caribbean adoptee from San Andres Island, Colombia, who grew up with a Caucasian family in the United States. A founding board member of AFAAD: Adopted & Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora, Connie has directed both the Pact Camp Children’s Program and Bay Area Teen Club in recent years.  Connie was appointed Senior Program Officer for the James Irvine Foundation’s California Democracy program in 2012. At the foundation, she is engaged in grantmaking related to civic engagement and governance reform. Before joining Irvine, Connie served as Senior Director of Programs for Urban Habitat in Oakland where she co-developed the landmark Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute to identify, train, place and support low-income people and people of color for priority public-sector commissions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its inception, the institute has broken down institutional barriers and helped dispel perceptions about the "lack of qualified candidates" to serve on decision-making bodies in the Bay Area.

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