What does self-care look like for you, as an adoptive parent?
FAQ’s for Online Adoption Groups
How did you decide to run these groups for adoptive parents?
I’ve had the privilege of seeing adoptees through the life cycle for over 20 years. Much of what adoptees say in sessions hasn’t ever been spoken before, let alone to their parents. I don’t want to be the holder of general insight and guidance that adoptive parents wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.
How are groups more helpful than other resources for adoptive parents?
You do so much for your child! But, these groups are as much for you as they are for them! You deserve to the opportunity to get the guidance, support and insight that you need.
Which group is appropriate for me?
The Facebook Group is great for ALL adoptive parents! It’s generally the first Wednesday of the month from October – May. I will present info on the Facebook group page live then we’ll convene via zoom to discuss further.
When you register I’ll send you a link to request to be invited to the group page. To participate in the meetings, all you have to do is go to the group page. You’ll be able to access replays, or watch throughout the year!
Register for the Facebook / Zoom Group here!
The ATM Group is for adoptive parents whose teens/young adults have ongoing mental health issues. It was inspired by a parent who told me that it’s hard to be the one whose child has the worst problems. In this group, we’ll be able to take the time we need to learn, support and get to know each other. It’s twice a month on Wednesdays from 12 Noon – 1:15 pm EST beginning in October and will continue through May, 2023.
How many families are in each group?
The Facebook Group is typically 5-20 families. The ATM Group tends to be 3-6 families.
The ATM Group is $1500. Access to the Facebook Group and zoom discussion is included!
Register here for the ATM Group!
What Does Your Adopted Teen Need from You?
What Schools Need to Know about Adoption, Identity, and the Future
Clinical Considerations with Adopted Teens
“Where are you from?” The Clash Between Race and Culture for Transracial Adoptees
The Power of Words – What to Say to Your Adopted Teen and Why
Adoption, Mental Health and Suicidality – What Adults Need to Know
If you’d like me to speak at your agency, school or parent group, please get in touch!
Psychodynamic Couples and Family Institute of NE – Discussant for Case Presentation, January 10th, 2021
KAAN – Continuing Conversation (Online) – Holidays, December, 2020
Illinois State University – Asian American Coalition – Adoption, November 10th, 2020.
KAAN – Continuing Conversation (Online) – Adoptees As Parents, October 2020.
NASW-School Conference – Adoption/Race, September, 2019.
Korean-American Adoptee Network Conference, MN, 2019
Judge Baker Children’s Center, Boston, MA, Spring of 2019
Camp Sejong, NJ
Connecticut Council on Adoption, CT, June 8th, 2018
National Association of Social Workers Symposium, MA, April 13th, 2018.
Asian Focus on Local NBC, Channel 7, taping on April 12th, 2018.
In addition, Katie has been interviewed on these podcasts – Creating a Family, The Rambler, AdopteesOn and Renegade Rules.
You can find Katie’s written work in Adoptive Families magazine, Creating a Family blog, Holt blog, and Adoption Today.
Katie has spoken at Korean Heritage Camp, Vietnamese Culture Camp and Kazakhstan Camp.