1154d – Webinar – Talking with Children About Foster Care and Adoption
(May 2016) Whether your child verbalizes it or not, children who have been adopted or placed in foster care do think about their past. Children sometimes wonder: Why was I placed for adoption? Did my first parents love me? Do I have brothers and sisters? Meanwhile, caregivers with children on the permanency spectrum often ponder: When do I start talking about their birth family? Should I tell my child all of the details–even the painful ones? What if I don’t know any information at all? As clinicians or caregivers, we need to be thoughtful about how we share truth with the children we care of. This 90-minute online webinar will provide the framework for how to talk to your children about adoption and foster care. This training will include the following objectives:
- Foundational and anecdotal principles from clinicians, adoptive parents and adoptees
- Practical tools to facilitate communication using the developmental perspective
- How to promote a healthy family environment or conductive therapeutic setting
Christina Bast, MSW, LICSW is a clinical supervisor and outpatient therapist at Fraser. Christina completed the Center for Adoption Support and Education’s Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Course at the University of Minnesota in 2013. Christina has experience providing individual and family therapy, preschool mental health day treatment, psychoeducation groups, and collaborative services. Christina’s passion for her clients anchors her conviction to advocate for family cohesiveness and health connections for parents and children across the permanency spectrum.
Kelly Pieper, MSW, LICSW is an associate mental health professional and serves as an outpatient therapist at Fraser. She also provides preschool mental health consultation to the Anoka Washington Head Start program. Kelly completed the Center for Adoption Support and Education’s Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Court at the University of Minnesota 2013. Kelly’s current therapy course load includes children and family on the permanency spectrum, from foster care through adoption. Kelly enjoys helping families and service providers understand the unique needs of children through their permanency journey.