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Racial Identity in Adoption – Sat. April 16

trans racial adoption

When deciding to adopt a child of a different racial background than your own, it is hard to imagine how this will play out through the years — both for you as parents and for your child.

Different questions come up at various ages and stages. Talking about racial differences, for instance, may seem rather easy. But discussing racism and racial stereotypes could feel daunting.

And then there are the teen years. The time when many, adopted or not, same race or not, will withdraw from their parents as they try to figure things out more independently. For some transracially adopted teens, this can add a layer of what feels like culture shock as they may realize that there are varying assumptions of who they are based on what they look like. Some of these are based on their being adopted; some based on their race and ethnicity.

For this workshop, Judy Stigger, LCSW, will be joined by adult, transracially placed adopted persons as we discuss:

  • How to talk about racial differences, racism and stereotypes at different ages and stages.
  • Ways to stay a part of the conversation as your child explores what various aspects of their selves mean to them.
  • What adoptees see that their parents did well and what they wish had been done differently.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 – 11:30AM
Location: The Cradle, 2049 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201
Judy Stigger, LCSW
Fees: $20 per person per workshop, $10 for second family member; $5 per child for babysitting; all fees are non-refundable. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. DEADLINE FOR BABYSITTING: April 13, 2016

1.5 DCFS Training Hours

Register here

“Adoption and Identity Intertwined” – Thurs. Feb. 25

“Adoption and Identity Intertwined”
Film Screening and Discussion with Mei Kelly

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Reception at 6:30 pm, lecture at 7pm
This event is at the Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood St., Evanston, IL
Admission: $10, EHC members are free
Click here to make a reservation

Join us for a screening of Mei Kelly’s short documentary, “Adoption and Identity Intertwined.” (22min.) Adopted at nine months old from Southern China, Kelly uses her film to tell the stories of adopted teens today and to explore a range of issues related to adoption. The film was sponsored by The Beat, a subsection of the Cradle, an adoption agency in Evanston, whose early supporters included Caro Blymer Dawes. A discussion with Kelly and filmmaker Susan Hope Engel, who mentored Kelly on the film, follows the film screening.

Admission: $10. EHC members are free. Admission payable at the door.
Advance reservations are encouraged.
Click to Make a Reservation Here
or email jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org

This is a “Year of Dawes” event. The YOD events of 2016 will take a look at a variety of themes related to Dawes’ life and career.

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Book Club for Adoptive Parents

Join our first Cradle Book Club – for adoptive parents!

Liesl Einerson, LCSW, will lead three book club meetings this summer. Each session will involve a discussion about the assigned book and the role adoption plays in parenting. Book club is a great way to have some fun, gain some insight and find and give support to parents in similar situations.

Register for one, two or all three session

For more information, contact:

The Cradle
2049 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

847-475-5800
fax: 847-475-5871

Toll free 24-hour hotline: 800-272-3534
Text: 312-800-1559

For Adoptive Parents in Evanston

Can We Talk? When Kids Start Asking About Adoption – Thursday, July 18, 2013, 7 p.m.
Can we talk It can happen when you least expect it – your child asks you a question about adoption and you don’t know how to answer it. Join us for a webinar featuring author and adoptive parent Pat Irwin Johnston, who will discuss common questions kids start asking and when; how and when to share the tough stuff; and answering your child’s questions with limited information. Register

Is It An Adoption Thing? – Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7 p.m. 
webinarDo you struggle to determine whether your child’s behavior is adoption related or just kid’s stuff? In this webinar, led by Dr. Gregory Peck, founder and director of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, you’ll learn to identify common challenging behaviors adopted children may exhibit. Dr. Keck will also discuss practical suggestions to help with real life situations and effective and ineffective parenting techniques. Register

Parenting Workshop at The Cradle: When Your Open Adoption is Not What You ExpectedSaturday, September 28, 2013, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.parenting workshop
As time goes on, open adoption relationships can change – for many reasons. But your commitment to your child to carry on this relationship remains. Join Adoption Therapist Judy Stigger and panelists as they discuss how to manage feelings when changes occur; tools to strengthen and rebuild relationships; and strategies to respond to birth relatives when behaviors are not in your child’s best interest. Register