Waiting Family Education
Waiting Family Seminars
New Life Adoptions provides a variety of education for current waiting families to help you prepare for your adoptive parenting journey. Education includes books, online webinars, and New Life hosted seminars.
New Life hosted Waiting Family Seminars include the Openness Seminar, Transracial Parenting Seminar, and Adoptive Parent Panel. These seminars are offered multiple times per year. Families are required to attend both the Openness Seminar and Transracial Parenting Seminar.
All seminars require preregistration. Please contact our Administrative Social Worker at 612-746-5658 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
At the Openness Seminar you will receive an educational packet full of information about open adoption; a definition and levels of openness, what openness is not, history and professional research on openness, specific New Life research, the benefits and challenges, keys to a successful open adoption and the roles people have in open adoption. A panel of birth parents will also share their adoption stories with you, highlighting their openness perspective and relationship with their birth children’s adoptive families. We allow for time to ask them the questions that have been weighing on your mind. Both husband and wife are required to attend this seminar while in the adoption study process.
Saturday, October 3, 2020 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Transracial Parenting Seminar
During this interactive seminar, adoption staff will present information about transracial parenting in adoption and facilitate follow up discussion. Participants will receive information from adoptive families and/or adoptees who have experienced transracial adoption. Prospective adoptive families will also receive individual education on this topic during the home study process. This seminar will be held after the Openness Seminar and lunch will be provided.
Saturday, October 3, 2020 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Adoptive Parent Panel
Do you feel like you are the only one who has struggled through your adoption process? You are not alone! The Adoptive Parent Panel is an excellent place to hear several families share the joys and challenges in their adoption experience. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the families. We host this seminar each year, typically in late winter or early spring. Check back later in the year to see when our next panel is scheduled.
Interested in attending a seminar?
Preregistration is required. Contact our Administrative Social Worker with the date and seminar you wish to register for.