UNDERSTANDING AND MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE JEWISH ADOPTIVE FAMILY

Dina Rosenfeld, DSW and panelists Maris Blechner and Joy Gryson
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 12-3 EST
Held at The Conference Center – 130 East 59 Street, NYC – or on line - $35

Create a framework for adoption in the Jewish community by exploring historical perspectives such as “be fruitful and multiply”, implications on adoption law and spiritual issues. Then further your understanding of the Jewish adoptive family with a discussion of the adoption of a non-Jewish child, conversion, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and the child and family's integration and acceptance into the Jewish community.

TALKING POINTS

Learn the context for adoption in Jewish history and law
Explore how family observance impacts adoption choice
Acknowledge educational choices related to developmental delays and learning issues
Embracing multiracial/multicultural aspects of the new family, while honoring your child and family’s new identity.
Create rituals and ceremonies to celebrate Jewish life-cycle events
Enhance acceptance by extended family and the Jewish community


Dina Rosenfeld, LCSW, DSW, has been working at New York University School of Social Work for 32 years, the past ten years as Director of the Undergraduate Social Work Program and Assistant Dean. For the last 25 years, Dina has served as an adoption consultant and speaker. She is a member of the Ametz Adoption Program Advisory Board and has contributed articles to local and national publications. She is a frequently requested speaker on adoption and parenting topics. She also has specialization in End-of-Life Care, work with aging Holocaust Survivors, and Spirituality and Social Work. Dina has written, lectured, and presented papers in professional conferences on the above topics. Before starting her academic career, she worked at Downstate Medical Center in the Child Psychiatry and Sex Therapy Units, ran groups for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and consulted for the Board of Education in their Special Education unit. She also served as group work director for the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged. Dina has lectured on a variety of topics, including parenting an adopted child, staff and student supervision, feminism, working with aging Holocaust survivors, and social work and spirituality.

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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