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Talking to Kids About Birth Family - Tough Talk Parenting Series (Virtual)

Thursday, January 13, 2022
7:30 pm8:30 pm
Virtual Using Zoom

A part of supporting children is helping them grow and understand big ideas and tough topics. These topics may be awkward, or uncomfortable to start but we are here to help. Join us as we learn how to tackle these conversations with children of all ages.

January's discussion is "Talking to Kids About Birth Family." A part of supporting children is helping them understand their histories, including their adoption story and important information about their birth families. Kids look to their parents for accurate information and context delivered in a developmentally appropriate manner to help them understand who they are in relation to both their biological and adoptive families. Our discussion will focus on when, what, and how to share important information with children considering openness, developmental appropriateness, and building trust. Join us as we consider ways to handle discussions about birth family.

About Our Presenter, Ty Cliffel, LPC and Director of Programs
Ty Cliffel, LPC, has served children and families in a variety of settings including residential treatment, group homes, schools, and in private practice. She has overseen the recruitment and training of foster and adoptive parents, conducted home studies, and provided support services for families throughout the placement process. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and Pathways to Permanence 2 Facilitator. She has served on the Board of Directors with Adoption Knowledge Affiliates for the past three years. Ty is an adoptee who has been in reunion with her birth family for over 25 years.