Maris Blechner, MEd, LCSW
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 12 – 3 pm (EST)
Held at The Conference Center – 130 East 59 Street, NYC – or on line - $35

Most adoptive and parenting education is focused on preparing the adoptive parents for their new role or enlarged family. While there are discussions of a child’s understanding of adoption and their adjustment, there is often little exploration of what the child directly feels, hears, sees or experiences. Parents remain hesitant to share. Kids may hold back on asking. Explore how "family secrets" affect family dynamics. Learn how to empower families to share a child’s history with empathy, sensitivity, support and honesty.

Explore the hesitancy to share or ask for birth or adoption history.
Learn how adopted children see their families and the impact of adoption in their day-to-day lives.
Using a family dynamic model, explore perceptions and interactions when information is shared or withheld, in the adoptive family.
Maris H. Blechner, M Ed, LCSW, She was Executive Director and co-founder of FAMILY FOCUS Adoption Services, a non-traditional and high-energy New York State adoption agency. She is an adoptive parent, a birth parent and a nationally respected speaker and trainer on child welfare and adoption issues. She describes herself as a "grass roots" child advocate who has been around for a long time and who believes strongly in the power of the individual to make significant change. She is a sought after speaker, including presentations for the Adoptive Parents Committee and NY Citizens Coalition for Children.

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