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3 Key Shifts for Maintaining and Strengthening Birth Family Relationships Post-Placement

This page is a description for a live webinar scheduled October 24, 2023 at 1pm EDT. Please note: NY Contact Hours will only be offered for the live webinar (not the recorded version).
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With increasing openness in adoption, how can adoption professionals offer truly helpful and relevant guidance to families navigating these complex relationships and family dynamics?

While there is no perfect recipe for addressing the infinite number of tricky situations that may arise between adoptive and birth families, adoption professionals can still offer guidance in how to approach these situations. With three key shifts we can support clients in becoming the parents their children need them to be. This presentation will help adoption professionals support adoptive families through setting healthy boundaries that are oriented on the child’s needs rather than boundaries that are based on fear and insecurity. These strategies can help families move toward greater connection, curiosity, and confidence. Considerations will be discussed for adoption from foster care, private domestic infant adoption, and international adoption.

Lori Holden, MA – Author and Adoption Educator
Janelle Ison, MBA – Adoption Education Manager, National Council For Adoption

Webinar length: 90 minutes

After attending this webinar, professionals will be able to:
• Explain the benefits of openness.
• Differentiate between open adoption and openness in adoption.
• Identify three key shifts for adoptive parents to make and be able to explain them to parents.
• Apply the three shifts to in situations that require boundary-making and/or discernments.

Course level: Intermediate
Cost to register: FREE


National Council For Adoption is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0681. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 contact hours.

In order to receive contact hours, attendees must participate in the entirety of the webinar training, have their attendance verified and complete a course evaluation. Upon completing these items, attendees will receive their contact hours certificate of credit to the email address provided at registration.

The live webinar will also include an interactive time where attendees can submit questions for response in real-time. To participate in this live webinar, attendees must have the Zoom application downloaded to their device.

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