Woo Hoo!

I’m so excited! I’ve been polishing up my presentation for the Open Adoption Symposium: Realities, Possibilities and Challenges in Richmond, VA next week.  My friend and colleague Lori Holden, of WriteMindOpenHeart and the Open Adoption Examiner, and I will be speaking about “Tips from the Trenches: Finding Middle Ground in Open Adoptive Parenting.”  We’ve created some very cool activities to involve participants and encourage lively discussion. I just love a lively discussion… 🙂

The symposium runs from September 23-24 and offers opportunities to discuss, from multiple viewpoints, adoption as a lifelong process. There will be a “wide range of perspectives to give a full view of the complexity of the issues and to allow attendees an opportunity to consider adoption from a perspective other than their own.” Attendees include adoptees, birth/first parents, adoptive parents, adoption professionals, therapists, researchers, educators, media professionals, advocates, attorneys, policy makers, and legislators.

Jim Gritter, author of Lifegivers: Framing the Birthparent Experience in Open Adoption and The Spirit of Open Adoption, and Adam Pertman, director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and author of Adoption Nation, are the keynote speakers. Other topics include:

▪       How to De-Freakify Open Adoption
▪       Open Adoption: An examination of First/Birth Mothers experiences
▪       International Adoption: The journey to raising a secure & resilient child
▪       Older Children Adoptions: Opening their truth
▪       Openness Options when building a family through third party reproduction
▪       My First/Birth Mother Friended Me! How families can manage contact from Facebook & other media
▪       Under the Microscope: Adoption practices during the Baby Scoop Era pertaining to surrendering mothers

A full list of workshops and presenters is available here. ***By the way, I will be discussing my new e-guide, What To Expect From Your Adopted Tween, as well. Hope to see you!

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