The session, “Tips from the Trenches: Finding Middle Ground in Open Adoptive Parenting” that my friend and colleague Lori Holden (of WriteMindOpenHeart and the Open Adoption Examiner) and I presented at the Open Adoption Symposium: Realities, Possibilities and Challenges in Richmond, VA was well-received. We challenged our attendees to participate in a creative and colorful activity. They did great. (Lori loves color as much as I do. Go, girl!)
I was thrilled to meet and strike up friendships with a number of people I had only heard of or followed on my Google Reader. The symposium was about openness in adoption and we all (professionals, birth mothers, adoptive parents, and adoptees) did an admirable job of being hosptitious (great concept and so true, Mr. Jim Gritter!) and supportive and compassionate. It was wonderful to witness open adoptions in action.
Uhhhh, we had a lot of fun, too!
The conference “season” continues. I’m again presenting—at the Crossroads of America Adoption Conference this weekend in Indianapolis. My topics will be Racism and Your Child and Adoption vs. “Normal.” I will also be sitting on a panel—Friends & Family.
If you are in the area, check out the conference. It begins on Friday and ends with a picnic on Sunday. Some great sessions abound (Hague credit and CEUs are available), including one on Emotion Coaching (which all humans can benefit from) and Techniques to Strengthen Attachment. Reserve your spot here. Childcare is available, and the Harrison Center for the Arts is an amazing venue. Hope to see you!