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Adoption Loss: Healing Grief, Building Attachment - Monday Evening Speaker Series

Monday, November 15, 2021
8:00 pm9:00 pm
Virtual using Zoom

Monday, November 15 (8-9 pm ET) featuring Amy Geller, LCSW
Adoption Loss: Healing Grief, Building Attachment

Building a family through adoption can be a loving solution that addresses the needs of all members of the kinship network. The roots of the adoptive family tree, however, germinate from the complex soil of loss. This is true for birth mothers, adoptees and, often, for adoptive moms too. Acknowledging this parallel loss together can be a useful bridge in building a satisfying and trusting bond in the family. It can also light the path for healthy integration of all members of the kinship network into the narrative. This presentation will explore the multi-faceted role of ambiguous loss and disenfranchised grief in adoption and how healing these unresolved feelings can allow pathways of connection to blossom.

About Amy Geller, LCSW
Amy Geller is a clinical social worker and family therapist in private practice in Northern New Jersey. She received her BA Psychology from The George Washington University (1992) and her MSW from the New York University School of Social Work (1994). Amy has extensive experience working with grief & loss in various hospice settings over the course of her career. In her private practice, Amy provides psychotherapy to all members of the Adoption Kinship Network (AKN) through a compassionate model of connection and attachment. An adoptee herself, Amy is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work at The Rutgers University School of Social Work where she aims to amplify the voices and lived experience of people touched by adoption. She has a special interest in the impact of ambiguous loss on adoptive relationships.