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Navigating Family Connections
November 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Register for this month’s webinar from Center for Adoption Support & Education (CASE), as part of their Strengthening Your Family Webinar Series. The first 600 registrants can get FREE registration! Use coupon code FAMILY at checkout to receive your FREE registration.
November 17, 2022
1:00-2:30 PM EST
This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to examine how and why birth family is often critically important to children moving towards permanency and children who have been adopted, and how foster and adoptive parents’ attitudes toward birth family impact their children’s self-concept and identity. We also address age-appropriate communication about birth family, helping children/adolescents come to terms with difficult information, and what parents/professionals need to know about maintaining a relationship with the birth family. Participants learn both the benefits and challenges involved in these unique relationships, as well as how to successfully navigate the common challenges to ensure permanency.
Presented by Mari Itkowitz, LCSW, Adoption Competent Therapist & Trainer. Mari is the Director of Clinical Services at CASE and has over 20 years of experience providing clinical services to families who have adopted both domestically and internationally. Mari provides individual, family and group therapy to adopted children, teens, adults and their families, as well as pre-adoption therapy for children and families moving toward finalization. Her specialty is grief and loss, and attachment issues. Mari works from a family systems perspective and believes that strengthening the family bond is the most effective way to bring about change. Mari is also a leader of the C.A.S.E. Training Team, providing training and education to adoption, child welfare, mental health and school professionals as well as parent groups, both locally and nationally.