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Parent Workshop: Is It the “Adoption Thing?”

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is for adoptive parents of children aged 12 and younger and prospective adoptive parents.

All parents become concerned when they observe their children exhibiting behaviors including: expressions of anger and/or frustration, acting out, sadness, separation anxiety, fear of social situations, and emerging learning issues. However, adoptive parents often have an additional “layer” to process when assessing what may be causing their children’s behavior and how to best help them. It is not uncommon for adoptive parents to ask themselves, therapists or adoption professionals: “Is this related to adoption or my child’s feelings about adoption?”

At times a child’s issues may be related to how he/she is processing adoption, or issues emanating from a birth parent’s medical history. However often the exhibited behaviors are unrelated to adoption, and similar to those displayed by other (including non-adopted) children at the same stages of child development.

This workshop will address the normal stages of child development, and highlight how an adopted child may present, perceive and/or process his/her adoption at various stages.  It will also explore how parents can differentiate what behaviors may be triggered by adoption, and how parents can best help their children explore and process their feelings, and/or access resources that may help them.  There will also be time for parents to ask questions and share their experiences.

Facilitated by Varda Makovsky, LCSW-C, Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services, The Barker Adoption Foundation

Co-sponsored by Barker Adoption Foundation

*If cost is prohibitive, please contact Martha Dantzic at to hear about scholarship opportunities.*

Light refreshments will be served.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$35 per participant, or $60 per couple
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921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003 United States
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