You’d be amazed at the questions adopted children are asked about being adopted. For some children, it begins as early as age three: “Why don’t you look like your mom?” For others, it begins at school: “What happened to your real mother?” “Why did she give you away?” Friends, classmates – even well-meaning grown ups – make comments or ask questions that can be uncomfortable for adopted children.
On Saturday, March 8, OURS Through Adoption, with the support of Jockey Being Family and the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families, is presenting W.I.S.E. Up the World About Adoption Conference and you’re invited to attend.
Parents will participate in a workshop that will provide an in-depth analysis of what children understand, think, and feel about adoption as they grow. The common questions, fears, and concerns adopted children face will be addressed. You will also explore the dynamic between non-adopted peers, extended family, and even strangers.
In the meantime, the children have a workshop and activities of their own! The W.I.S.E. Up! program has spread across the county as children have embraced its simplicity and power to address the consistent challenge of explaining adoption and their adoption stories to peers, neighbors, and sometimes even strangers. Children will learn about the W.I.S.E. UP! tool and come away feeling empowered to handle questions and comments from others about adoption. The program helps children realize that they are not alone with this task. Not only will they learn the program, but they will also create Powerstix and role play various scenarios.
The W.I.S.E. UP! curriculum was created and provided by The Center for Adoption Education and Support.
About the Trainer
Oriana Carey is currently Executive Vice President at the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families and has a master’s degree in social work, a therapy license, and many years of experience in adoption and child welfare. She has previously managed mental health clinics and residential treatment centers for children. She helped the Coalition create the Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center in 2005 and has continued to manage the project.