This five-workshop series will explore the life journeys of the adoptee. Adoptees, ages 18 and over are invited to attend.
Adoptee Journeys 2014 – Spring Series
Session 1: Identity -
Tuesday, February 18
What do we know led to our
adoption? Birthmoms were told to get on with their lives and they would forget.
What about adoptees? Who might we have been were it not for adoption? What
happened to that "person"? Who are we now, given the nurture that we
received? Facilitated by Estes
Session 2: Loss and Grief - Tuesday, March 4
What did we lose when we were placed for adoption? What are the
lasting effects? What do we know about the extent to which an infant can
grieve? What are the developmental stages of grief? Facilitated by Estes Turner, Adoptee.
Session 3: Rejection and Guilt/Shame - Tuesday, March 18
Adoption may have been interpreted as rejection. What are the
effects of perceived rejection? What does it mean about our self-worth? How
might we perceive future situations that appear as rejection? Could we be
suffering from survivor's guilt? And if no one wants to talk about adoption,
there might be something shameful about it. What do we deserve? Facilitator to be determined.
Session 4: Intimacy - Tuesday, April 1
How close are we willing to get to people when our experience is
that they may leave without warning? Are we worthy of love and closeness? It is
said that we can cut people out of our lives in a moment and never look back.
What do we need to do to break that cycle? Facilitated by Tom Rogat.
Session 5: Control and
Mastery - Tuesday, April 15
We were not party to the decisions that led to our adoption, nor
to the decisions that placed us in our adoptive families. How might some of our
behaviors be a search for control and mastery of our life? What/who might we have
become were different decisions made? Facilitator to be determined.
for a flier detailing all five session.
Who: Adoptees, ages 18 and over
When: (see dates above)
Time: 6:45 to 8:45 pm
Place: Adoption Network Cleveland,
4614 Prospect Avenue, Suite 550,
Cost: Members: $80/Series, $20/session
Nonmembers: $120/series, $30/session
Add $5 if paying day of the event
RSVP: Email Linda Bellini
or call (216) 482-2323 one week in advance of individual sessions. Click here
to register online.