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Activism in Adoption Sessions | 2024


Up next in April and May:

April: Navigating open adoption can be difficult, in part because there isn’t a template to follow, or many positive examples of how to navigate the challenges in ways that lead to the best outcomes. That’s why we are excited to welcome April’s AiA speakers —Mary Ellen, a birthmother, and Pauline, an adoptive mother —who have forged a meaningful relationship over the years through their son's open adoption. Through honest communication and a willingness to persevere through different challenges, they have navigated the ups and downs of what it looks like to experience open adoption as part of their daily life. This is the roadmap to successful open adoption that you have been looking for!

May:  Join transracial adoptee Patrick Armstrong as he walks us through the Adoptee Consciousness Model, a way of understanding adoption designed by adoptee scholars, which describes how adoptees become aware of the larger social issues (racism, poverty, unethical agency practices etc.) which shape adoption and begin to question the mainstream narrative of adoption as an exclusively happy and positive outcome for all involved. This process of becoming critically reflective of adoption may bring up feelings of anger, denial, and confusion as an adoptee struggles to meaningfully process and accept the impact and implications of their adoption. How can adoptive parents support their child if their feelings and views about adoption change? How can everyone in the adoption constellation come together to better support adopted people? Understanding this model is the first step.

 


AiA Live via Zoom Sessions

Building Better Open Adoption Relationships
Building Better Open Adoption Relationships

Building Better Open Adoption Relationships

Building Better Open Adoption Relationships

Join Mary Ellen (birthmother) and Pauline (adoptive mother), as they share how they came to adoption and how they have changed and grown from when they first embarked on their journey together, while they provide valuable and challenging insights on how to build and maintain an open adoption relationship that honors all included in the adoption triad. This is the open adoption roadmap you’ve been looking for.

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Rejection, Reclamation, and Self-Acceptance: Adoptee Consciousness Model
Rejection, Reclamation, and Self-Acceptance: Adoptee Consciousness Model

Rejection, Reclamation, and Self-Acceptance: Adoptee Consciousness Model

Rejection, Reclamation, and Self-Acceptance: Adoptee Consciousness Model

Patrick Armstrong uses the Adoptee Consciousness Model to share about his experience navigating rejection, reclaiming his identity, and finding self-acceptance. The Adoptee Consciousness Model, designed by adoptee scholars, describes how adoptees become aware of the larger social issues (racism, poverty, unethical agency practices etc.) which shape adoption and begin to question the mainstream narrative of adoption as an exclusively happy and positive outcome for all involved. This process of becoming critically reflective of adoption may bring up feelings of anger, denial, and confusion as an adoptee struggles to meaningfully process and accept the impact and implications of their adoption. How can adoptive parents support their child if their feelings and views about adoption change? How can adoption professionals prepare families to more honestly engage with the difficult and uncomfortable parts of adoption? How can fellow adoptees find self-acceptance, reclaim their racial/cultural identity and transform their loss into purpose and healing? Patrick takes the audience through the phases of the Adoptee Consciousness Model by sharing examples and stories from his own experience and offering practical guidance on supporting adoptee well-being long-term.

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