Saturday, March 11, 2006

Attending an Adoption Seminar Today

Today I'm off to an adoption seminar hosted by an Adoption Practitioner, Sofie Stergianis. She wrote the book, 'What is Adoption? Helping non-adopted children understand Adoption.'

I'm really looking forward to today's seminar although I believe it will be emotionally challenging too. It's easy to think, 'Oooo...I'm adopting a baby!' Today I will learn many great things associated with international adoption yet I will also learn about many of the unique challenges my little girl and I may face. I want to be the very best Mom I can so am trying to learn as much as I can right now. I know the biggest teaching period will come when we meet and begin our lives together but for now, I'll go and soak up as much teaching as I can.

Today's topics are:

The process involved in adopting internationally -- pre and post placement

Preparing for adoption and travel -- emotional considerations, dealing with family and friends, positive adoption language, beginning a "Life Book"

Infertility -- does the pain ever totally go away? (This one I understand: no husband = no baby! :o)

Meeting your child, the flight back, and suggestions of what not to do when you return

Adjustment considerations: food, bath, language, sleeping, etc.

Medical issues & child development -- is my child "normal"?

Attachment & Bonding -- adjustment of older children

Preparing for being "different" -- issues related to mixed racial adoptions

Growing up adopted -- talking about adoption with your child

I'll post later and share my day with you.


  1. Sounds like an amazing seminar!!! I think I should keep my eyes open for something like that somewhere around here!

    Please, please, please share the highlights of the day with us!! Any thing you think we all may benifit from!!

    Have fun today!


  2. This sounds like a really good seminar I look forward to your feedback. I am going to look out for the book and to see if this seminar comes to Saskatoon.

  3. Wow sounds like a lot of great information. Let us know how it goes. I may have to add that book to my ever growing list!!


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