Session C Room CE Credit : 1.50
Mar 25, 2022 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM(America/New_York)
20220325T0900 20220325T1030 America/New_York Friday Morning, Session C

Welcome to the 10th Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference 

The Evolution of Adoption Practice: Activist and Community Perspectives

CE Eligible: Open Adoption and Open Foster Care: Best Practice in Adoption

CE Eligible: Understanding foster care & adoption from the youth's perspective

Password for the Vimeo Videos: AIC2022PAID

AM Friday Session C Pt. 1 with Jeanette Yoffe https://vimeo.com/710474959

AM Friday Session C Pt. 2 with Yasmin Mistry https://vimeo.com/710493714

Open Adoption and Open Foster Care: Best Practice in Adoption

Since the practice of openness took hold in the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s, adoption professionals, researchers, and the affected parties themselves have identified many benefits for birth families, adopted children, and adoptive parents. Some challenges have been documented too, including ones stemming from early misunderstandings or conflicting expectations. 

It is critically important for adoption professionals, as well as members of birth and adoptive families, to understand openness and the factors that are key to shaping effective open adoption relationships. This awareness is critical in the making of decisions related to openness before child placement and in navigating open relationships over time. 

Jeanette will share strategies she currently puts into practice and insights she's gained from her work helping families navigate openness. This session will speak to best practice in building open relationships for all involved in a child's life and is grounded in the "best interest of the child." Jeanette will share from her own personal foster care experience and talk about the relationship she still has t ...

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Welcome to the 10th Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference 

The Evolution of Adoption Practice: Activist and Community Perspectives

CE Eligible: Open Adoption and Open Foster Care: Best Practice in Adoption

CE Eligible: Understanding foster care & adoption from the youth's perspective

Password for the Vimeo Videos: AIC2022PAID

AM Friday Session C Pt. 1 with Jeanette Yoffe https://vimeo.com/710474959

AM Friday Session C Pt. 2 with Yasmin Mistry https://vimeo.com/710493714


Open Adoption and Open Foster Care: Best Practice in Adoption

Since the practice of openness took hold in the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s, adoption professionals, researchers, and the affected parties themselves have identified many benefits for birth families, adopted children, and adoptive parents. Some challenges have been documented too, including ones stemming from early misunderstandings or conflicting expectations. 

It is critically important for adoption professionals, as well as members of birth and adoptive families, to understand openness and the factors that are key to shaping effective open adoption relationships. This awareness is critical in the making of decisions related to openness before child placement and in navigating open relationships over time. 

Jeanette will share strategies she currently puts into practice and insights she's gained from her work helping families navigate openness. This session will speak to best practice in building open relationships for all involved in a child's life and is grounded in the "best interest of the child." Jeanette will share from her own personal foster care experience and talk about the relationship she still has today with her foster family. 

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Understanding foster care & adoption from the youth's perspective.

A film screening followed by a panel discussion with foster care alumni and young adult adoptees. This interactive discussion is geared towards foster/adoptive parents who wish to learn how to best support the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.

View film here: http://www.fostercarefilm.com/feeling-wanted


Open Adoption and Open Foster Care: Best Practice in Adoption
Workshops 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM (America/New_York) 2022/03/25 13:00:00 UTC - 2022/03/25 13:45:00 UTC
Since the practice of openness took hold in the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s, adoption professionals, researchers, and the affected parties themselves have identified many benefits for birth families, adopted children, and adoptive parents. Some challenges have been documented as well, including ones stemming from early misunderstandings or conflicting expectations. It is critically important for adoption professionals, as well as members of birth and adoptive families, to understand openness and the factors that are important for shaping effective open adoption relationships, not only in making decisions related to openness before child placement but also in navigating open relationships over time. Jeanette will share her strategies she currently puts into practice, tips, and her work helping families navigate openness, also including previous foster family placements, where the child has formed an attachment and is still grieving that family as well as support the foster families who are also grieving the loss. This session will speak to Best Practice in fostering relationships for all families involved in a child's life. This is considered "best interest of the child." Jeanette will share from her own personal foster care experience, about her long standing relationship she still has today with her foster family.
Presenters Jeanette Yoffe
Presenter , Yoffe Therapy Inc.
Understanding foster care & adoption from the youth's perspective.
Panel Presentation 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM (America/New_York) 2022/03/25 13:45:00 UTC - 2022/03/25 14:30:00 UTC
Yasmin Mistry, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and founder of the Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project (FCFCEP) will present her documentary short film "Feeling Wanted." The film was created in collaboration with foster youth, and shares the story of a young woman, Charell, who enters the foster care system at a young age but chooses not to let her situation define her. The film portrays her experiences as she navigates complex biological family relationships. With her father incarcerated for murder, her mother on drugs and a childhood in foster care, Charell knows it is time to break the cycle. Following the 15 minute film Yasmin will moderate a Q&A with the film subject, Charell. This interactive discussion is geared towards foster/adoptive parents who wish to learn how to best support the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.
Presenters Yasmin Mistry
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Yoffe Therapy Inc.
Adoption Social Worker- Attendee
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UMFS
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C2Adopt
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Rutgers School of Social Work
Mr. Emerson Dickman
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Law Office of Emerson Diskman
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