I’m presenting with my friend and colleague Lori Holden of WriteMindOpenHeart and the Open Adoption Examiner on “Tips from the Trenches: Finding Middle Ground in Open Adoptive Parenting” at the Open Adoption Symposium: Realities, Possibilities and Challenges in Richmond VA, September 23-24, 2011.
Registration is $85 for the two-day symposium and includes lunches. Registration is open through September 9th. I hope you can join us for some lively interaction and discussion.
The symposium 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