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#20220413-3 WEBINAR: Navigating Openness in Adoption: Where Is Your Family on the Journey?




(April 2022)  Child welfare workers and agencies have a responsibility to assist adoptive, foster, and kinship parents to facilitate open adoptions and placements for the health and positive wellbeing of the children. Based on Lori Holden’s Open Adoption Grid, Angela Tucker and Lori Holden present an animated short film that provides an easy-to-understand explanation of the Inclusive Family Support Model and how it applies to families formed through adoption and foster care: infant, foster, international, and kinship. The IFSM reveals four quadrants of openness that every type of family will fall within: Closed, Mediated, Spirit of Openness, and Inclusive. This presentation is based on the theoretical model conceived and published by adoptees JaeRan Kim, PhD, and Angela Tucker, and is conceptualized through the theoretical perspectives of family systems theory, ambiguous loss and disenfranchised grief, and the transtheoretical model of change. This webinar will provide tools for professionals to utilize with the families they serve. The tools will help determine where families may be in the Inclusive Family Model and how to create openness regardless of physical contact with biological family members.

Angela Tucker
 is an unabashed truth-teller and a gifted speaker and educator. Angela is a black woman adopted from foster care to a white family. Her determination and insatiable curiosity is an inspiration to many, and is on display through her search for her biological parents in the documentary, CLOSURE. Angela has appeared on CNN, Al Jazeera, Red Table Talk, and other media outlets to help center adoptee stories and bring clarity and truth narratives about race, class, and identity. Angela hosts The Adoptee Next Door podcast, is a mentor and advisor to adoptees nationwide, and serves as a Sensitivity Consultant on Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill and NBC’s show, This Is Us. Her vision is to amplify and center adoptee voices. Her first book is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2023 (Beacon Press)

Lori Holden writes at and hosts the podcast Adoption: The Long View. She’s the author of the acclaimed book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, written with her daughter’s birth mom and featured on required reading lists with adoption agencies across the country. She conceived of the Open Adoption Grid, featured in the Inclusive Family Support Model. Lori has keynoted and presented at adoption conferences around the US, and her work has appeared in magazines such as Parenting and Adoptive Families. In 2018, she was honored as an Angel in Adoption® by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), nominated by Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado. She and her husband live in Denver with their two young adult children.

(1 hours, 25 minutes)

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