Event Description


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Parenting is hard. Adoptive parenting of teens and older children can bring unique challenges.  

Join Barker's Enhanced Skills Group for Adoptive Parents of Teens and Older Children
exhibiting challenging behavior.

This 5-Session Therapeutic Parenting Group provides the opportunity for adoptive parents of teens and older children who are seeking connection with other parents and professionals around parenting older children and self-care skills through an adoption-competent lens. From time to time, we will invite a guest speaker to join us.

August 18, September 15, October 6, November 10, and December 8

7 - 8:30 PM ET | Virtual

Expert Facilitators: Cynthia Cubbage, LCSW-C, LICSW and Elysia Oudemans-Tilley, MSW, LCSW-C

Registration Fee: $175 for all five sessions ($35 per session)*

Spots are limited. 

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This program is open to the adoption community regardless of your connection with Barker. Please feel free to share this event with family or friends who may benefit from attending. 

*This will be a therapeutic group and may be reimbursable by insurance; please check with your insurance provider regarding coverage.  If you have coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, TriCare, or Cigna, Barker can bill these insurance carriers directly.

More About The Program

Monthly virtually on the following dates:
August 18, September 15, October 6, November 10, and December 8 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET.

This closed group provides support and skills training to help families gain insight into the developmental factors affecting behavior and learn effective intervention strategies to create positive changes in their child's behavior. Families will also have the opportunity to hear from other parents who have been there and done that, hear from professionals working with adopted teens for over 20 years, and join a supportive adoption community.

The group will focus on the challenges of parenting and will include practical strategies and support on: 

• Information on the emotional and behavioral challenges your teen may face

• How to respond to your teen's behavior from a trauma-informed attachment-based perspective 

• Resilience-building and self-care strategies for parents

• Peer-to-peer support from other adoptive parents who have been on a similar journey 

Families will have the most success with their unique plan if both parents attend (if you are a two-parent family) and if you attend every session.

Space is limited. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the program's facilitator, Cynthia Cubbage, via email at ccubbage [at] barkerfoundation.org or call our office at 301-664-9664.

Event Type: 
Support/Discussion GroupsEducational Workshops
Audience Type: 
Adoptive Parent

Date and Location

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 7:00pm
Time Zone: 

Event Contact

Elysia Oudemans-Tilley LCSW-C, LICSW

Registration Information

Registration is required?: 
Registration is Open?: 
$175 per family for 5 sessions