Conscious Adoption: Adoptive Parent Education

Each course is six-sessions, meeting once-a-week for 1.5 hours.

UPCOMING

The kids grow up so fast! Adoptive parents may become grandparents. And the issues related to adoption are over. Or maybe the issues take on a new form. Join us for a virtual six week program to talk together.

  •  Reflect on why we chose adoption, and what we have learned over decades of raising children
  • Dig into the challenges of talking about race, the adoption industry, gratitude, anger, adoption fog, search, and reunion
  • Practice talking about these adoption issues with your adult children and with others, in ways that are clear, respectful, and helpful. 

This curriculum has been developed by both an adoptee, Astrid Castro, Director and Founder of Adoption Mosaic, and an adoptive parent, Maureen McCauley. Our aim is to serve adoptees (including those who are adults) and parents in the spirit of openness and understanding. 

COST: $600/household

Facilitators

Astrid Castro, Director and Founder of 
Adoption Mosaic, has over 30 years of 
experience supporting the adoption 
constellation. 

Maureen McCauley, adoptive parent, writer, and adoptee ally. 

Every child deserves to know their origin story and why they came to be part of their adoptive family. Many adoptive parents have no model for how to successfully talk about the various circumstances that led them to adopt and often find themselves adrift in uncharted territory. This course will help you build your child’s legacy within your family structure through: 

  • Creating space for parents to practice talking about their decision to adopt
  • Integrating their adoption story into the family story
  • Digging beneath the surface of the common adoption narrative

This curriculum has been developed by both an adoptee (Astrid Castro, director and founder of Adoption Mosaic) and an adoptive parent (Sujata Soni Wipper, school psychologist). Our aim is to serve kids and parents in the spirit of openness and understanding.

COST: $600/household 

Facilitators

Astrid Castro, Director and Founder of 
Adoption Mosaic, has over 30 years of 
experience supporting the adoption 
constellation. 

Sujata Soni Wipper, adoptive parent and school psychologist.

To Be Scheduled

This six-session course meets weekly for 1.5 hours to focus on different and vital aspects of transracial adoption. Facilitators Astrid and Jordan along with three additional transracial adoptees, will provide participants with in depth knowledge AND the opportunity to move theory into practice. This course will examine: 

  • The HISTORY of race & adoption in the U.S.
  • Our BIASES and HESITATIONS when talking about race & racism
  • How to TALK about race & racism with your child(ren)
  • The struggle for IDENTITY of transracial adoptees The role race & racism play in your FAMILY and COMMUNITY 

This curriculum has been developed and is facilitated by transracial adult adoptees, Astrid Castrol, Director and Founder of Adoption Mosaic and Jordan Davis. 

COST: $600/household

Facilitators

Astrid Castro, Director and Founder of 
Adoption Mosaic, has over 30 years of 
experience supporting the adoption 
constellation. Astrid is an transracial adoptee from Colombia. 

Jordan Davis, Grad. Student (UofSC, Anthropology), Studies African Diaspora heritage and community dialogue facilitator on the history of race and racism in the U.S. Jordan is a transracial adoptee adopted domestically.

Shelise Gieseke, assistant director of Adoption Mosaic has over 10 years experience in the adoption community as an educator, editor and mentor. Shelise is an interracial adoptee from South Korea. 

This six-week parent course is to encourage at-home exploration & sharing of adoption related topics with children in a familiar environment. Parents will be guided through a specially customized curriculum which includes hands-on fun activities to support tough conversations. In the six-week course we will: 

  • Cover topics such as, but not limited to: names, birthdays, race & culture, adoptee friendships, adoption & school, adoption & media, mother’s/father’s day, family trees
  • Nurture the parent/child relationship focusing on adoption and communication
  • Support conversations and activities that honor the child’s adoption experience at home 

This series is facilitated by adult adoptees. 

COST: $600/household

Facilitators

Astrid Castro, Director and Founder of 
Adoption Mosaic, has over 30 years of 
experience supporting the adoption 
constellation. 

Jennifer Poole, MA CPC, Family Coach, Parenting Educator and a mother, step-mother.