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Inspired Journeys: Overcoming Adversity and Thriving

Inspired Journeys: Overcoming Adversity and Thriving

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March 26th 2013: The Power of Adoption

We will explore the current state of adoption, including misconceptions about the process, who is adopting, who is placing their children up for adoption and who needs to be adopted in the United States. We will look at what makes an adoption successful or unsuccessful, how to talk with kids about adoption, and the challenges and rewards of adopting older children and profoundly traumatized kids. We will also look at how early life traumas impact a child’s ability to trust and attach to adoptive parents. Our guest will also describe what happens when adopted kids want to seek out their birt

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Maris H. Blechner, M Ed, LCSW

Maris is an adoptive and birth parent, an educator, a social worker, and an internationally respected speaker and trainer on child welfare issues, with more than thirty-three years of professional experience in public adoption. She was one of the founders of FAMILY FOCUS ADOPTION SERVICES, the high energy level New York State adoption agency that she has directed for the last twenty-five years. She has been the Vice President of the North American Council on Adoptable Children and the New York State Adoption Action Network. She is a Board member emeritus of the New York State Adoptive Parents Committee, also sitting on a variety of work groups dealing with the improvement of adoption. Mar
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