Holt Post Adoption Webinars

Holt Post Adoption Webinars

What adoptees wish their parents knew: The challenges of effect communication9331oneil-0621

A one hour webinar discussing the challenges Adoptees and Adoptive Parents have expressed when approaching “sensitive” issues around race and adoption. What makes it so difficult to talk about adoption? Why do Adoptees only share certain aspects of their story at certain times and with certain people?

 

Communication Series: Parents and Adoptees Talk Adoption

As we continue our series on communicating about adoption, Holt’s post adoption services team presents a panel discussion featuring two sets of parents and adoptees. Hear the same family story told from two different perspectives — the adoptee’s, and the parents’.
This webinar will focus on how adoption was and is discussed in the home, and what each person thought the other wanted.

 

Communication Series:  Are You Listening?

When your adopted child asks about their birth parents, do you tend to steer them away from the topic and redirect the conversation to something more “safe”? Does your child have a difficult history that you’re uncomfortable talking about? What makes these topics so difficult to discuss, and how can we make it easier? We began this series on communication with “Communication: What Adoptees wish their Parents knew about being adopted”, where we discussed how difficult it is for adoptive parents and adoptees to talk about sensitive issues. We continued this series with, “Teens Talk about Adoption” where we heard directly from teen adoptees about issues they face as adoptees. In this webinar, we will focus on why it may be difficult, as adoptive parents, to talk about tough issues around grief, loss, and birth parents.

 

Are You Ready to Talk about Adoption (Part I)

Holt International and Adoption Mosaic, a Portland-based adoption education and support nonprofit organization, are hosting a 1 hour webinar “Are You Ready to Talk About Adoption?” presented by Astrid Dabbeni, Executive Director of Adoption Mosaic. In this webinar, you’ll gain tips that will help you talk openly with your child at any age about the complex experience of adoption.

 

Let’s Practice:  Talking with your Child About Adoption (Part II)

An overwhelming number of participants who attended the webinar “Talking about Adoption with Your Child” asked for MORE! Holt International and Adoption Mosaic, a Portland-based adoption education and support nonprofit organization, are teaming up again to host “Let’s Practice: Talking with your child About Adoption- Part II.” This 1 hour webinar will be presented by Astrid Dabbeni, Executive Director of Adoption Mosaic. Learn how to overcome your fears.

 

Is My Child a U. S. Citizen?- What Adoptive Parents Should Know

adult adoptees. Inquiries include everything from file copy requests to assistance with birth searches or cultural and historical information. Among the most common questions we receive – from both adoptive parents and adult adoptees – are questions surrounding the issue of citizenship.  Presented by Debby Hanson, Holt’s Administrative Coordinator for Post Adoption Services.

 

Teens Talk About Adoption

A one hour video webinar featuring a panel of teenage Adoptees. See and hear their stories as they share their experiences and answer questions from webinar participants about growing up as an Adoptee.This webinar will provide insightful and personal perspectives on issues relevant to Adoptive Parents.

 

PRE AND POST WEBINARS

 

Sisters and Brothers in Adoption Part IPic 1

This webinar is based on Arleta James’ book about preparing children already in the home for the addition of a new sibling through international adoption. It will review introducing the idea to preparing to home coming and the transition of getting settled in together.

 

Sisters and Brothers in Adoption: Part II- Family Talks

Tips on how to help prepare children who are already in the home (“resident children”) for the placement of a sibling will be presented. Based on the book “Brothers and Sisters in Adoption: Helping Children Navigate Relationships When New Kids Join the Family,” by Arleta James, webinar attendees will learn how to have conversations, or “family talks,” with resident children about orphanage life, culture, grief, behaviors, racism, social interactions, and other topics. How these areas may impact the new child’s ability to adjust to family life will be explored, as well as possible reactions by resident children, and suggestions for how to help all of your children’s needs will be discussed. Presented by Holt International’s Director of Clinical Services, Abbie Smith, LCSW.

 

Sisters and Brothers in Adoption: Part III

Tips on how to help prepare children who are already in the home (“resident children”) for the placement of a sibling will be presented.Based on the book “Brothers and Sisters in Adoption: Helping Children Navigate Relationships When New Kids Join the Family,” by Arleta James, webinar attendees will learn how to recognize and understand grief in adopted children and resident children. How grief may impact the new child’s ability to adjust to family life will be explored, as well as suggestions for how to help all of your children work through their grief will be discussed. Presented byHolt International’s Director of Clinical Services, Abbie Smith, LCSW.

 

May I Have This Dance Part I

A two part webinar series featuring Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT with 22 years of experience in working with adopted teens and their families. Ms. Nelson lives and works in Minnesota where she splits her time between private practice and the Wilder Foundation Center for Children. Part 1 will explore the multiple layers of adolescent attachment, gender differences, conflicting developmental tasks, and impacts of complex developmental trauma. Part 2 will explore how parents can respond to their adolescent in meaningful, informed, and effective ways.  These webinars are appropriate for families were are considering adopting a teen or who have adopted a teen internationally or domestically.

 

May I Have this Dance Part 2

A two part series featuring Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT with 22 years of experience in working with adopted teens and their families. Ms. Nelson lives and works in Minnesota where she splits her time between private practice and the Wilder Foundation Center for Children.
Part 2 will explore how parents can respond to their adolescent in meaningful, informed, and effective ways. These webinars are appropriate for families were are considering adopting a teen or who have adopted a teen internationally or domestically.

 

How to Feed When You Worry Your Child is too Small: “Failure” to Feeding with Confidence and Joy.

“Failure to thrive,” or “feeding clinic failure” are labels that no parent wants to hear. This webinar will help you understand why some adopted and foster children seem to be turned off by food. Through case studies and working through the Worry Cycle of Feeding.  The quality of the feeding relationship is the key to improving the quantity. Learn practical, relationship-building tips on how to feed your child when you worry about nutrition and weight.

Katja Rowell M.D is a family doctor turned childhood feeding specialist whose mission is to bring peace and joy back to the family table. Rowell believes how is the key to what kids eat, and that helping kids have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies is the best preventive medicine there is. Rowell is passionate about supporting adoptive and foster families who struggle with feeding and weight worries. Her book, Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More is available on Amazon.com. She is a sought-after speaker, blogger, mother and family cook. www.thefeedingdoctor.com.

 

Hoarding, Food Obsession and Weight Worries: Healing a History of Food Scarcity

When children experience food scarcity or unsupportive early feeding, it often has a profound impact on their relationship with food.

 

Picture1You Ain’t Crazy

Jayne Schooler author of Wounded Children Healing Homes discusses parenting traumatized children and how this experience impacts the adoptive parent. “When a child with a history of trauma joins the family, it is transformational for that family. Most often, this transformation is positive for all in the family. Occasionally, the transformation is not and the issues and challenges in maintaining the child in the home feel insurmountable.”