Sunday, May 20, 2018, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
What does adoption look like through the lens of someone who was adopted? How does someone who was adopted suggest talking to children about adoption? This class is conducted with a panel of adults who were adopted as children. The panelists discuss their lives, the history of their memories about adoption; when they were told, how they were told, and what they thought and felt about being adopted. Usually the panel consists of individuals who were adopted domestically (and from time to time we will have a panelist who was adopted overseas). The moderator will pose specific questions and assist in bringing to the fore salient aspects of the panelist’s experience. The panel will also turn to materials written about the adoption experience by “experts” and comment of the validity of those writing from their own perspective and experience. This session is most appropriate for potential adoptive parents and adoptive parents of infants and young children.