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Alternative Considerations in the Ongoing Journey of Adoption, Strategies for supporting Adopted youth, adults and their families

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • California State University, Fresno campus, Room PHS 129


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Presenter:  Brenda Blum, LCSW


The presenter will provide a holistic examination of the factors that influence and contribute to the process of adopting children and some outcomes of adults adopted as children including a discussion of adoption trauma. The presenter will also share her own adoption story and her professional clinical work with post-­‐adoption youth and families.


I: Nature vs. Nurture

a. Children and adoptive parents as individuals

b. Healthy expectations and supportive parenting of adopted children

II: One Child and a tale of Two Families Balancing the past, present for a healthy future

a. A Child of another family

b. Adoptive parents and Expectations

c. Sharing the adoption story

III: Adoption Trauma

a. Case studies of post adoption youth and families

b. Problems or problems?

c. Interventions for the whole family

III. My Adoption Story and my two Families

a. The past

b. The present

c. The future

IV. Adoption in the Here and Now

a. Success and Acceptance

b. Investment in Youth

c. In it together, a team approach to adoption

ATTENDANCE AND CEU INFORMATION: Members and students do not pay to attend. There is a nominal attendance fee of $10 for non-members. Society members earn 2.0 CE units at no charge. The cost for non-members to receive 2.0 CE units is $20. This presentation meets the qualifications for 2.0 CE units for LCSWs, ASWs, LPCCs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. All clinical disciplines are welcome. Members can attend any CSCSW meeting throughout the state.

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