1161d – Webinar – Telling the Truth and Making Sense of the Past
(February 2017) This webinar equips parents with the knowledge and tools they will need as they communicate with their adopted or foster children about the complex, troubling, and often painful aspects of their traumatic past. The workshop answers such questions as: How do I share difficult information about my child’s adoption in a sensitive manner? When is the right time to tell my child the whole truth? What tools or strategies can I use to talk with my child about his or her history? Parents will leave the webinar with skills to make sense of the past for adopted or foster children of all ages.
Betsy Smalley, MSW is the Adoption and Foster Care Training Manager for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program (OCWTP). She coordinates the implementation of competency-based training for statewide adoption and foster care staff including developing competencies and curricula, managing trainers and consulting with state and county personnel on adoption and foster care issues.
Ms. Smalley has forty years’ experience in child welfare. Prior to joining IHS in 1995, she was the first Executive Director of the Ohio CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocates/ Guardians ad Litem) Association, consulting with county CASA programs, statewide planning groups and legislative committees. She also coordinated one of the first post-finalization adoption programs in the United States.
With colleague, Jayne Schooler, Ms. Keefer Smalley co-authored the award-winning book, Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past and more recently, Wounded Children Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families. She is lead author of the 10-module OCWTP Assessor Training Series and Preservice Training curriculum for Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Caregivers.