Identity Development and Adoption

When someone asks you to describe yourself, what do you say?


Much of the answer to that question is what makes up your identity. For adopted youth, the process of developing identity is different from their peers.

This training will highlight critical stages of development and discuss general identity development, taking into consideration cultural, racial and sexual development. All of this will be provided in the framework of how adoption is a factor and the unique challenges that might arise. Trainers will provide ideas and strategies for to parents to help their child develop a healthy identity.

About the Trainers

Carmen Knight is an international transracial adoptee from Peru. She is currently finishing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Carmen has been working in the adoption community since 2006 and is currently interning as a therapist at the International Adoption Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Shirley Newcomb is a doctoral candidate who is completing her PhD. at Marquette University in counseling psychology. Her research interests include multicultural assessment, racism and bicultural stress and she is currently completing her dissertation on the topic of multiracial identity development.

$60/agency group

The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
6682 W. Greenfield Avenue, Suite 310
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Or attend via webinar

Register online, contact, or call 414-475-1246


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