Event Description

​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 it?”

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 is geared to Adoptive Parents of children aged 12 and younger, and 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.

Event Type: 
Educational Workshops
Audience Type: 
Adoptive Parent

Date and Location

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Time Zone: 
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Address 1: 
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Event Contact

Varda Makovsky, LCSW-C, LICSW

Registration Information

Registration is required?: 
Registration is Open?: 
$35 per participant or $60 per couple