Activism in Adoption Sessions | Fall 2022
Growing with our Adopted Children: A Look at an Adoptee's Development
September 22nd, 2022 :: Noon CST
Join Rachelle Born, a birthmother and licensed clinical social worker, who will be discussing characteristics of a child's typical development and that of an adoptee child at different ages from infant to adolescence. We will discuss how an adopted child's understanding of adoption, their stories, and identity grows at different ages. Recognizing that each child's experience is different, we hope to promote further empathy and connection as we grow with our adopted children.
Storytelling: Navigating Relationships with Extended Birth Families
September 25th, 2022 :: 2PM CST
In this session we are joined by a panel of speakers - Anne Carlson (adoptive mother) Jess Figlio (birthmother), Kiara Montgomery (birthmother), and Robyn Whitlock (birthmother) - telling their stories about their different experiences navigating relationships with adopted children and their extended birth families, including birth siblings, grandparents, spouses etc. We will hear from birthmothers and an adoptive mother with both open and closed/in-reunion relationships. The joys and challenges faced while navigating these relationships will be shared as we take an honest look at the complexities which exist within these family dynamics.
Relationships: Birthmothers & Adoptive Fathers
Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 :: 12PM CST
Communication and understanding between birth mothers and adoptive fathers are critical in an open adoption relationship, yet they are rarely discussed. In this session, we are joined by Shanyce, a birthmother, and Ron, an adoptive father, as they discuss their experience building their unique family. Shanyce and Ron will share their personal stories, discuss the importance of open communication, share how they have arrived at empathy, humility, and understanding, and tackle special considerations about transracial adoption. The session will end with a Q&A.