Best Practices and Core Tools for Working with Adoptive Families

ID: 5991WEB

Creating a safe environment to learn, unlearn and relearn is essential in strengthening professional growth. This webinar will offer key information concerning the evolution of adoption, including best practices and what can be done better in honoring and recognizing both burden and dignity of difference within adoptive families, the importance of trauma-informed and healing-centered engagement, as well as what concrete tools child/youth/family welfare professionals can use in helping to achieve permanency and well-being for families created by adoption and/or foster care. Please join us for this interactive and concrete training facilitated by two seasoned members of the adoption constellation - an experienced transracial adoptee and an adoptive mother, who is also a clinically-trained and licensed individual & family psychotherapist. [Elective for Adoption Certificate Program]

Fee: $60.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 3.00 Clinical


Instructor: Tara Leaman, JD
Barbara Freedgood, LCSW
Date: Monday, October 24, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm ET
Location: Zoom (Interactive Webinar)
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Webinar Objectives

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
• Identify and recognize common issues in adoption
• Demonstrate and amplify an understanding of the 7 Core Issues of Adoption
• Analyze and compare the 7 Core Issues as they relate to Trauma
• Explore and assess challenging behaviors in adoptive families as expressions of trauma and grief rather than as oppositional
• Develop and implement strategies and tools for working with adoptive families, including families adopting transracially and/or older youth who self-identify as members of the LGBTQIA2-S community

Webinar Outline

9:30 am Welcome/Introduction

9:35 am Participant Introduction + Interactive Opening Activity

10:15 am Sharing of Workshop Outcomes + Goals, including but not limited to the following subject matter areas: common views about adoption, adoption paradigm, 7 Core Issues of Adoption, trauma, loss and resilience.

10:30 am Delving into adoption-specific realities and experiences, using interactive learning tools participants can add to their tool box, including specific guidance on current situation that participants may be addressing and/or experiencing working with families touched by adoption.

12:00 pm Next Steps in Improved Adoption-Centered Child Welfare Practices

12:20 pm Conclusion/Q&A

Target Audience

Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals

Content Level

Beginner - Advanced

Webinar Completion Requirements

To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

System Requirements

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

About the Instructors

Tara Linh Leaman serves as Program Director of Westchester County (NY) Department of Social Services’ (WCDSS) Westchester Building Futures. Westchester Building Futures seeks to eliminate youth homelessness among at-risk youth/young adults with child welfare/foster care histories. She also helps support Westchester County’s Department of Social Services’ Office of Policy, Planning and Program Development’s team of experienced child/youth welfare practitioners and evaluators working to achieve laser-focused goals centered on decreasing the number of children/youth in congregate care and increasing the number of children/young people in kinship care through the building and fortifying our resilient children, youth, families and communities.

Barbara Freedgood is a licensed certified social worker, LCSW. She is a graduate of Fordham University School of Social Work and the NYU Post-Doctoral Training in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been a therapist in private practice since 1980. Barbara has presented and spoken on infertility and adoption both nationally and internationally at Division 39, the psychoanalytic division of the American Psychological Association, IARPP, (International Association of Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis), APC, (Adoptive Parents Committee of New York and New Jersey) and The Connecticut Adoption Network.

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